The mother of New South Wales forward Liam Martin has made a hilarious revelation about the State of Origin drama that has seen her son branded 'public enemy No.1' in Queensland.
Martin has been accused of being the biggest "grub" in the Blues side, with Queensland's Courier Mail drumming up the animosity against the NSW star this week.
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The publication ran a series of photos from Origin Game I that claimed to highlight the number of questionable acts Martin employed at the ruck against Maroons players.
The story around Martin has dominated much of the discussion in the build-up to Sunday's Game II in Perth, with his mother Maxine jumping to the defence of her son on Sydney radio.
Speaking on 2Day FM’s Hughesy, Ed and Erin program, Maxine admitted that she became so worked up about the Queensland vitriol that her children banned her from social media.
“When it’s happened it’s like the mumma bear has come out in me,” Maxine said.
“I said, when you watch a game there’s more face massages out there than a beauty salon. They’re roughing each other up all the time.
“I rang my children straight away when I read it, and they banned me. I’m banned from reading the internet, banned from social media. I’m banned! Can you ban parents?
“It’s so out of left-field.
“It’s not a pretty label — public enemy No. 1 … or the grub — it’s not a pretty label and I’m thinking, ‘Woah, what’s going on here?’
“When it first came out I had a sleepless night over it.”
Kavalee, a co-host of the radio program and proud Maroons supporter, couldn't resist a dig at Martin's mum about the controversy.
“I’m happy to do this as a Queensland supporter. Maxine, your son is a grub,” Kavalee jokingly declared.
“Your son is a massive grub. But he is exactly what the Blues need because the rest of them were too nice.
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Martin himself is revelling at being branded the dirtiest NSW player since Paul Gallen, and is taking the role of pantomime villain firmly in his stride.
"I'm not quite at his level, he was an outstanding player and the NSW captain," Martin said this week about the comparisons with Gallen.
"I think I've got a way to go before I'm on the level of Gal."
Conceding he "probably" was a bit of a grub, Martin said the Maroons's tactics to get under his skin wouldn't affect his state of mind in Perth on Sunday.
"I didn't really mind it, I couldn't care less," he said.
"That's part of Origin and footy and what happens on the field.
"I probably am (a bit of a grub) and they'll be into me and whatever they give, I'll give back.
"I don't mind it (having a target on my back) and they can come for me all they want and whatever I get I'll give back."
Martin made his starting debut in Sydney and will now shift from the right edge to the left following Brad Fittler's decision to axe Tariq Sims.
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