Maloney's cheeky dig at Queensland's Origin fans

Matt Encarnacion

NSW five-eighth James Maloney has questioned the passion of Queensland fans after revelations Suncorp Stadium could draw its lowest State of Origin crowd in 15 years.

More than 40,000 tickets have been sold for game three, with the NRL expecting a walk-up to take the final tally up towards the 50,000 mark.

Not since the 2003 has the sunshine state attracted less than 50,000 people to an Origin game.

"There you go, not as passionate as we all think, eh," Maloney said on Sunday.

"Smoke and mirrors, maybe. ANZ's been pretty chockers for a long time. Maybe that's the case. Maybe they're not as passionate as they think. Maybe the Blues have got them."

NSW's James Maloney has questioned the passion of Queensland fans in light of poor ticket sales

The Blues have also had struggles in selling tickets to dead rubbers in the past, with game three in 2016 the only time ANZ Stadium attracted fewer than 80,000 to the venue in the past eight years.

It comes less than two weeks after a sellout crowd of 82,223 crammed ANZ Stadium for game two in Sydney, while almost 90,000 attended the opener at the MCG.

This Wednesday's Origin match is the first time a dead rubber has been played in Brisbane since the Blues completed a series sweep in 1996, which drew a crowd of just 38,217.

Maloney rejected any suggestions of complacency during their preparations, saying their training sessions for game three have been more intense than the rest of the series.

"The pressure's not hanging there so that keeps it more relaxed. But the beauty is when we've hit the paddock, it's been really good, really intense," he said.

"I think that gives you a bit of confidence that there's not much complacency here and the boys are focused on next Wednesday."

The Blues claimed the series with tight victories in the opening two games, however Maloney is adamant they can put on a show in game three.

After more than a decade of being ridiculed by Queensland, he insists the Blues are intent on claiming the rivalry's first clean sweep in eight years.