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NSW captain Andrew Johns insists the Blues won't use last year's heart-breaking series-deciding draw with Queensland as motivation ahead of the opening State of Origin game on Wednesday night.
The Blues looked headed for a series victory in 2002 until rampaging Queensland second rower Dane Carlaw crossed with less than a minute remaining on the clock in Origin III, levelling the scores and ensuring the Maroons would retain the Origin shield.
That result shapes as ideal motivation for the Blues in the lead-up to series opener at Suncorp Stadium - but it won't be used according to Johns.
"That's not motivation," Johns said. "It was a drawn series. It hasn't been talked about."
At least the Blues won't have to worry about another drawn result this season, with Australian Rugby League officials introducing the golden point for all three games.
Unlike the NRL, which has already had two golden point games, the Origin series has no limit on extra time, with games played until there is a result.
"It's been great this year," Johns said of the NRL golden point games.
"But hopefully we play well enough that it won't go to extra time."