NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s backfiring PR stunt is again overshadowing the build-up to State of Origin after a member of parliament’s loony post.
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Gladys Berejiklian on Twitter.
Welcome to our live coverage of State of Origin Game 3.
The series dead-rubber still has historic consequences for both teams as NSW chases its first series sweep since 2000.
The Maroons are desperate to save a shred of respectability after being belted in the first two games of the series with a combined score of 76-6.
The series finishes on the Gold Coast on Wednesday night – the first time Origin has been played on the Glitter Strip.
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The match is being played in front of a backdrop of Covid-19 restrictions after Game 3 was moved from Sydney’s Stadium Australia less than two weeks ago.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has been a lightning rod for criticism through the series – highlighted by the image of her backfiring PR stunt before the series opener going viral.
Berejiklian shared a photograph of herself on Twitter donning a NSW Blues scarf and beanie while watching a small television screen in the distance with a can of Coke Zero raised in her hand.
She was also wrongly accused of breaking Covid-19 regulations when she posted a photo arm in arm with NSW coach Brad Fittler before Game 2, before it emerged that the photo had been captured weeks before the game.
The trolling of the state leader continued in the build up to Game 3 with Bob Katter, a member of parliament from Queensland, posting a bizarre video to mock the NSW leader, poking fun of her viral Coke Zero image in a post on TikTok.
Getting ready for Game 3. Go the @QLDmaroons [email protected] #Origin #RumAndMilk pic.twitter.com/Dk1GeYWweM
— Hon Bob Katter MP (@RealBobKatter) July 14, 2021
“In the canefields and coal mines, we drink rum and milk,” he says in an apparent shot at Berejiklian’s consumption of a foreign product.
“This is Australian milk and Australian rum.”
NSW superstar rested for Manly
Manly coach Des Hasler has made an early call to rest Blues star Tom Trbojevic from the team's Round 18 game against the Dragons.
Hasler said on Wednesday Trbojevic won't back-up for the Friday clash, while skipper Daly Cherry-Evans will be playing on Friday night if he avoids injuries in the series dead-rubber.
It is the same thing Hasler did following Game 1 last month.
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