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Maroons staring down 'scary' prospect of losing home clean sweep

It may be a "scary" proposition but Queensland are backing themselves to avoid the unwanted stigma of being the first Maroons team to lose a State of Origin series 3-0 on home soil.

An embattled Queensland received a much-needed boost when Wednesday's game-three dead rubber was relocated from Newcastle to the Gold Coast.

After hosting games in Townsville and Brisbane, the Maroons have the Origin home advantage yet again after the NSW government advised it would not allow a major event to be held at McDonald Jones Stadium with a crowd in a bid to minimise the chance of Greater Sydney's COVID-19 outbreak spreading.

The Maroons appeared to need all the help they could get in their bid to inject some pride back in the jersey after losing the first two games by a combined 76-6 points.

Queensland prop Josh Papalii was pleased the clash had been relocated to the Gold Coast where the Maroons have been based throughout the series but he hinted the pressure was on them more so to finally lift in front of their rabid fans against the rampant Blues juggernaut.

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"It is [great news] but also scary at the same time," the 19-game Maroons forward said on Sunday.

"But in saying that we have been training hard the last week and look forward to it.

"We are excited to be able to bring the game to Cbus Super Stadium and hopefully we can deliver for the Queensland fans.

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"The last two games didn't go to plan, sometimes that is footy. They are obviously a good team at the moment and are firing at the right time. But I will back our team 100 per cent and have no doubt we will get the job done on Wednesday."

Back-rower Felise Kaufusi almost couldn't bear the thought of NSW winning three straight in Queensland when asked on Sunday.

"To lose one game is huge but to lose all of them on Queensland soil, you never want to do that," he said.

"We will be doing our best to try and make sure that doesn't happen."

After copping two straight thumpings, the Maroons are reeling again after forward Jai Arrow was forced to leave camp just days before game three following a biosecurity protocol breach at the team hotel.

It fuelled criticism of the Maroons' team culture and leadership, with the NRL continuing its investigation into whether more Queensland players were involved in the bubble breach.

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Questions have also been raised over the Queensland Rugby League's handling of the controversial series which also featured Ronaldo Mulitalo's pre-game two eligibility drama.

While Kaufusi did not comment on their off-field issues, he said the venue switch was "awesome news especially after the week that we have had".

"We have been playing in Queensland since game one and obviously results haven't gone our way but any game held in Queensland is huge for us. We just need to try and make the most of it. We just need to try and bring the crowd into it.

"I know they will do their best to try and get in behind us but ultimately it is on us to try and turn things around."

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Besides enjoying yet another game at home, Kaufusi said NSW's injury woes may also potentially create a chink in the all-conquering Blues' armour.

NSW will feature a new-look halves pairing of Jack Wighton and rookie Mitch Moses while Newcastle prop Daniel Saifiti (rib) is also sidelined.

"If not now, then when," Kaufusi said when asked if the Maroons were ready to expose NSW's new-look line-up.

"Even though they have lost some quality players they still have that depth, but we will do our best to combat them."

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