NSW captain Paul Gallen has described Queensland as being bad winners ahead of State of Origin Game III.
The Maroons are ahead 2-0 in the series.
In pre-match press conference on Monday, the Cronulla forward said Queensland players and their fans lack humility.
“I’ll say one thing about Queenslanders, I think they’re bad winners to be honest with you,” he said.
“When you win 10 of 11 series or whatever it is you probably can afford to be.
“That’s not so much the players, I’m talking about the people up there in general to be honest with you but as I said they’ve got the runs on the scoreboard so we can’t change it.”
Gallen will play his final Origin game on Wednesday.
“There’s that many times I go to Queensland with the Australian side and everyone says ‘we’d love to have you as a Queenslander any day of the week’ and I find that an insult,” he said.
“I remember I’ve had a couple of drinks with Justin Hodges on Australian tours and he’s said the same thing to me. It’s like, ‘oh mate leave me alone’.
“I think there’s a respectful hatred there, there’s no doubt about it, but it’s finishing on Wednesday.”