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Qld out to make up for lost time: Mal

Long suffering NSW fans haven't seen anything yet if Queensland coach Mal Meninga has his way.
Qld out to make up for lost time: Mal
by AAP

By Laine Clark

BRISBANE, May 28 AAP - Long suffering NSW fans haven't seen anything yet if Queensland coach Mal Meninga has his way.

Seven straight State of Origin series wins should bring some satisfaction to the Maroons mentor.

But Meninga revealed he was still trying to make up for decades of lost time ahead of next week's Origin opener against NSW in Sydney.

Allowing the 1959 Maroons team - the last Queensland outfit to win a pre-Origin interstate series - to present jerseys to the current squad on Monday night was supposed to ensure there was no complacency in the camp.

However, Meninga sounded like the man who had been fired up the most as he reflected on years of anguish for Queensland fans at the team fan day in Bundaberg on Tuesday.

NSW's dominance of the interstate series from 1959 before the Origin concept came alive in 1980, when a young Meninga ran out alongside Arthur Beetson at Lang Park, still seemed to cut deep for the Maroons mentor.

"They talk about us winning seven in a row. They talk about us maybe for the sake of the game NSW should win this year," Meninga said.

"But we have a lot of catching up to do as far as interstate series are concerned."

Meninga may have already sealed a `Magnificent Seven' as Queensland coach but he sounded like he would only be happy with a "Decade of Dominance" when his current contract expires at the end of the 2015 season.

Certainly he had series No.8 squarely in his sights.

"We won't be complacent," Meninga said.

"We will go down to ANZ Stadium and make sure we start on a positive note and do our damndest to make it eight in a row."

Not that Meninga was talking up his role in the Maroons side.

"It's a pretty easy gig really. I enjoy it," he said.

"The coaching staff are good at what they do and the playing group really buy into when you put a maroon jersey (on) there is the expectation of a great performance.

"It's like a family.

"We have fun but at the end of the day we do what we do best and that's play footy."




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