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Paul Kent has sparked the debate that Origin means more to Queensland players than NSW following the Maroons’ second win in three years against a superior team on paper.

Kent believes the fact that Queensland win so often despite being underdogs means that as a collective the Maroons shirt means more to the players than the NSW shirt does to theirs.

“It’s on the back of Queensland who are outstanding in all areas of effort where they outscored NSW 1-17 last night,” Kent said of the result.

“You can sit here and shit on all this other stuff, but the thing is, every time Origin comes back every year and someone like me or Buzz brings up the fact of Queensland passion.

“You guys (Braith Anasta and Michael Ennis) as former players and I say this respectfully, take comfort in the fact that NSW is as passionate about our shirts as they are about what they are.

“No way in the world.

“We have a guy who gets knocked on his door by Billy Slater who says, man, you play five eighths because Munster is out. He cries and he says, I won’t let Queensland down.

“The other number 6 in the other shirt is looking forward to playing for Samoa so don’t tell me the passion is the same.”


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Former Blues player Anasta hit back at Kent asking if he was as passionate a Blues fan as the fans in Queensland.

“Are you as passionate a supporter as Queensland? Anasta said.

“No, I’m not because if someone came over from Mars today and said, there’s two teams here, you have to support one,” Kent said.

“This team is always the underdog but they win most often. This team is always the favorite but they lose more often than they win. This team here, they always stay loyal and choose each other. This team here, they exchange and change Who would you support?

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Paul Kent has accused Jarome Luai of caring more about the Samoa shirt than NSW.Source: News Corp Australia

Another Blues servant in Ennis also dismissed Kent’s assessment.

“I disagree with you,” Ennis said.

“It’s easy to sit there and say that after Queensland got the result and played the way they did, but you can’t tell us how it feels to put on a shirt.

However, Phil Rothfield thinks Queensland players want to play for the shirt, while some NSW players just want to play in the Origin Arena.

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“You can tell there’s a perception and a look that’s the case,” Rothfield said.

“I look at the Queensland players as if they want to play for the Queensland Maroons shirt.

“And I look at NSW players that they want to play Origin and not necessarily this lightweight Blues shirt.

“It’s very easy to sit behind a keyboard and say that, but that’s how I feel.

“The only factual information that warrants a comment like that is that three years ago they won an impossible series.

“And I think this year, even without Latrell and Trbojevic, NSW on paper was the best team in football.”

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Anasta admitted NSW should have won the decider and as he defended his own passion for the Blues shirt he admitted he couldn’t speak for every Blues player.

“NSW should have won the game,” Anasta said.

“They should have won the series and they didn’t.

“We can’t talk about all the other NSW players. We can just talk about ourselves, so you might be right.

Kent believes the proof is in the results.

“NSW have lost three of the last four games now and two of the last three series with the best team,” Kent said.

Queensland legend Gorden Tallis has weighed in on the annual passion debate by suggesting the Maroons team is every single person in the state’s main team they support.

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“I can’t speak for a New South Welshman, but I just know for me, I grew up in Queensland… the 1980 team was our first tribe,” Tallis said.

“There are nine rugby league tribes here in Sydney, but when State of Origin started we had one, the Queensland jersey. The Broncos arrived eight years later, the Cowboys in 1995 and the Titans in 2007.

“So that was our only team that everyone was supporting.

“My dream was not to play for a Parramatta or a Penrith, my dream has always been to play for Queensland.”

Tallis also said Queensland weren’t interested in the spectacle of the original deciders and just wanted to beat NSW every time they played them.

“I want it 2-0, I want it 3-0. I want to beat you every time, I don’t want a decider,” Tallis said.