NSW Trains swipe Queensland with cheeky State of Origin sledge

It’s fair to say football fans in NSW are pretty fed up with losing the annual State of Origin series to Queensland.

The fiercest sporting rivalry that exists between the two countries has been a landslide for the better part of two decades thanks to those wily Canetoads.

In their last 18 series dating back to 2006, the Maroons have won an abysmal 14, including a difficult eight-game winning streak from 2006-2013.

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After back-to-back triumphs under Brad Fittler in 2018 and 2019 gave NSW fans hope, the Maroons have hit back to win three of their last four, including the last two in a row.

Simply put, the mighty Blues need any help they can get, and Transport NSW has decided to do its part for the land, which is fighting to keep its “Premier State” moniker.

Earlier this week Channel 7 interviewed Taylor Owens who is the voice of the NSW Trains network.

They soon discovered that one of Owens’ recent assignments was to record a special message for the millions of commuters who use the network every week.

“The speech artist (was) called in to record an emergency transport announcement ahead of Australia’s biggest sporting rivalry, State of Origin,” 7 reporter Lucy McLeod said.

The story then cuts to Owens in the studio recording an ice-cold directive to all the Queenslanders involved.

“Can all you NSW born travelers please move to the top carriage to make room for the Queenslanders to take their rightful place below,” she said in her signature voice.

It’s a small gesture, admittedly, but NSW will welcome it as they look to prevent Queensland from stealing a third straight series. Again.

Social media users were happy to join in as the face behind one of the state’s most recognizable voices took a shot at Queensland.

“Don’t hit us with top and bottom… last time I saw a map of NSW it’s at the bottom of Queensland,” was one comment on Instagram.

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“A fair place!” another wrote, along with crying emojis.

“Hahahahaha jassss this post,” wrote another.

“The people of Queensland are delighted to welcome you,” declared another, in what we suspect is a typical Maroons attempt at reverse psychology.

Others were shocked to learn who was behind the voice.

One wrote: “I never thought it was actually a human voice until now.”

Another said: “I thought there was a robot behind the voice.”

And more than one was convinced that the famous Aussie was the voice of trains in NSW.

“Always thought Gretel Killeen made these posts,” wrote one.

As for the football, the first leg kicks off at the Accor Stadium on Wednesday next week, with huge crowds sure to use the train to get to the ground.

NSW player Jarome Luai is ready to renew hostilities with the Maroons and their superstar Reece Walsh in particular after the duo were sent off in game two of last year’s series.

Luai and Walsh were involved in a series of heated moments, with both sent off after one of the more heated exchanges at Suncorp Stadium involved a headbutt.

After a heavy loss in Brisbane that night, Luai was dropped in game three and feared his last memories in a Blues jersey would be listening to the 52,433 Queensland fans give him as he walked down the tunnel in the final seconds.

It was a wild finish to the game as Josh Addo-Carr was sent to the sin-bin for punching before Walsh and Luai butted heads weeks after the Broncos full-back pulled the Penrith star’s long mane of hair. series opener.

The three-times title winner described him as “a bit weak” at the time due to the hair-pulling, but Luai understands his role and knows he cannot afford to spend any time off the pitch as the Blues look to win the Shield again.

“(Walsh) wears his heart on his sleeve and is a competitor because that’s what it takes to get into this Origin arena,” Luai said.

“You have to have that chip on your shoulder to get here and then it’s about who can bond better and play as a team.

“I think (the hair pulling) was the first game, it’s Origin, man.

“I’m there to do a job, I don’t want to get trashed or anything like that.

“I wear this jersey with pride and I want to do everything I can to get the win, play for my family and everyone in NSW, so that’s where my passion comes from.”

Luai will partner former team-mate Nich Hynes at half-back in the opening series in Sydney and his form for Penrith is enough to win him back the jersey after being sidelined by a dead tire last year.

It’s an incredible comeback from a man who faced death threats online 12 months ago.

While the Blues halves appear to be in place, Parramatta’s Mitch Moses may have thrown a spanner in the NSW works on Thursday night after returning from injury in the Eels’ 34-22 win over Cronulla.

Parramatta also welcomed the return of captain Clint Gutherson, but the return of Moses seemed to ignite the Eels’ attack.

Moses has been sidelined since breaking his leg in Round 3 but clearly hasn’t missed a single goal and orchestrated just the Eels’ fourth win of the season.

Speaking after the match on Channel 9, Moses revealed that he only started kicking again on Monday this week.

However, there has been speculation that if he was able to return to the field, he would be in the NSW Blues No. 7 for State of Origin Game 1.

Asked if there was a chance he could return a week early, Moses said he did everything he could.

“I tried two weeks before and it just didn’t work out,” Moses said. “I couldn’t go on the field and let the guys down.

“I tried to come back early enough, I gave it my all and tried my best, but it didn’t go right.”

Fans were delighted with the performance and called for Moses to be parachuted into the Blues squad with Nicho Hynes struggling with a hamstring injury.

WWOS’ The Mole tweeted: “PUT MOSES INTO ORIGIN!!!! Nicho will do his job in training tomorrow!!!”

Freelance sports reporter Luke Robinson suggested: “It’s not too late to get Moses into the Blues camp for the first game! The best option they have.”

ABC Sports statistician Brad Tallon said: “If there is a chance that Nicho will be sent off tomorrow and Moses will be brought on…”

— with NCA Newswire

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