Blues bunker down as pressures escalate

In enemy territory .. the NSW Blues.NSW coach Ricky Stuart would prefer his players did not engage with the Queensland media while in Brisbane preparing for Wednesday night’s series decider as tensions in both camps reach boiling point.
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The Blues flew into enemy territory last night to learn that Maroons coach Mal Meninga had also imposed a media ban on his players after becoming upset with the intensity of the coverage for what is expected to be the biggest game in Origin history.

The Herald understands that Meninga was unhappy with a story that suggested South Sydney forward Dave Taylor, who was dropped from the Queensland side for Origin III, was having personal problems after his wife and children stayed at the team camp in the lead-up to game two.

Meninga is also said to be unhappy that a reporter contacted the sister of Maroons prop Matt Scott days after their mother Dianne died of cancer. Scott joined the Queensland camp late last week but has so far refused all interview requests.

The Blues players landed in Brisbane last night and waiting media were advised they were not keen to talk after a long day that had begun 12 hours earlier when they left their Coogee hotel at 8.30am for a training session at Kogarah Oval.

Stuart thanked the NSW media after training for their support of the team but he does not believe some of the coverage in Queensland has been fair to the Blues. Some stories appearing in News Ltd publications have had a significantly different tone in Brisbane to Sydney.

The Blues and Maroons each have media opportunities today but they have been scheduled to ensure reporters cannot attend both.

Queensland reporters staying at the Maroons camp in Coolum yesterday received a text message advising that Meninga had cancelled interviews with two nominated players, as has been the case every day during the series that has not occurred while the team has been in camp.

”Please be advised there are no media opportunities with the Maroons team at Coolum today,” the text message said.

It was initially suggested the media blackout would continue until after Wednesday night’s match at Suncorp Stadium but the QRL last night announced that captain Cameron Smith would be available for an interview today.

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