Looking for something to help turn their fortunes around, the Maroons walked out onto Cbus Super Stadium for the first time on Wednesday night – and were met with boos by their own home crowd as they started their pre-match warm-up drills.
While it appeared to be a fair spread of fans between the states, it’s hard to believe how far the locals have fallen to deserve the ice cool reception.
It was humiliating for the players, who were already carrying the series loss on their shoulders.
News Corp’s Travis Meyn posted on Twitter: “Sounded like Queensland just got booed running on to Cbus for their warm-up. Ouch”.
AAP journalist Scott Bailey said it was rock bottom for the Maroons.
“Compare this crowd to the one-sided support Queensland had for Game I in Townsville, also organised on short notice.
“This is an absolute low for the Maroons.”
TV reporter Michael Atkinson wrote: “Origin III might be in QLD, but it’s no home ground advantage. Queensland just ran out for their warm up to a chorus of boos.
“Definitely a pro-NSW crowd. @NSW Blues just ran out to a massive cheer.”
The Twitter account of former Blues great Willie Mason’s podcast added: “WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THIS CROWD? I thought NSW was in lockdown??”
While the early shots showed that the crowd appeared far from a sell out, there were plenty of fans still trying to get in.
It’s been a whirlwind move for the Gold Coast fans with tickets only going on sale on Tuesday and Fox League reporting that only 1000 tickets were left just over an hour before kick-off.