Tickets still on sale for the “dead rubber” clash at Suncorp Stadium.
For the first time in eight years the Queensland Maroons have lost the State of Origin trophy.
And New South Wales coach Laurie Daley has not wasted any time labeling Maroons’ fans as fair-weather with more than 6000 tickets still to be sold for Wednesday nights game.
“It’s quite disappointing that it’s not a sell out,” Daley said.
“Every Origin game is unique and this one will be no different.
“It’s always tough coming up here and it would good for them (Queensland fans) to let (the Maroons) know that regardless that they’ve lost this series we’re still behind you and supporting you.
“I’m sure their team would expect for that support base to be there.”
Mal Meninga also drew criticism for not speaking to the media just days out from the game, electing to take care of personal business rather than publicize the clash.
Cameron Smith and Paul Gallen will speak to media on the eve of the game with Laurie Daley completing his interview obligations on Monday.
It is the first time since 2010 that game three has not decided the series, which in part could lend itself to the slower ticket sales for game three.
However, the war of words off the field between the two camps, and the side-show of Queensland centre Will Chambers being involved with allegations of assault, has ensured there has been enough melodrama around a game where pride is the only thing at stake.