Blues their own worst enemy: Bennett
Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett has launched a stinging attack on the New South Wales Origin team, labelling the Blues as their own worst enemy after the side suffered their tenth series loss in 11 years on Wednesday night.
Bennett has experience in the Origin arena, coaching Queensland from 2001-2003 and in the process reigniting Origin in Queensland and guiding the Maroons to two series wins.
He started his tenure as coach of the Maroons after a 56-16 loss in Game Three of the 2000 series resulted in the immediate release of then-Queensland coach Mark Murray.
Bennett brought on mass personal changes and recognised that the current plan wasn't working, with success soon to follow.
Although Bennett admits Queensland have been lucky with some brilliant players over the years, he says New South Wales must put a plan in place and stick with it if they are to have any success in the future.
"For us we knew we needed change after the game in 2000 when we had a disaster in the third game. So in 2001 we changed things up. From then on there's been a pretty definite plan. The same guys have been in the team the whole way through," Bennett said.
"New South Wales have a great ability to self-destruct and we are seeing that again now.
"It's a difficult job for them down there, but if you look at Queensland from 2001 onwards you'll see that they've shown loyalty and there is a core group of players who have featured all the way through. It keeps the team stable and avoids a lot of bad losses.
"New South Wales haven't been able to do that. There's a few that have been there a while but not in the spine. They can't settle on a halfback or a five-eighth and that's really hurt them.
"They changed their spine again this year. We have had Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith and we're very fortunate but the Blues need consistency."
Queensland's three superstars of the game have been a constant thorn in the side of New South Wales captain Paul Gallen.
Gallen now has the most Origin losses of any Blues player in the history of the game, with his 15th on Wednesday night surpassing the mark set by Brad Fittler.
2014 was Gallen's only series win since his Origin debut in 2006 and that's the way it will stay, with the New South Wales forward set to retire from Origin at the end of this year's series.
Despite his poor record, Bennett says Gallen deserves a proper farewell at ANZ Stadium on July 13th in what will be his 24th and final Origin appearance in Blue.
"If I was coach I might change the side up for Game Three, but I'd still give Paul his farewell," he said.
"I think you're trying to create a feeling within the team about how you treat your top players.
"Sometimes you have to take a bit of pain with that, but you need to show consistency.
"The pain is worthwhile because everyone can see that you've treated your top players well and that the farewell is done properly. He deserves his farewell."