The Queensland rugby league team will unleash a new pre-match war dance for State of Origin II.
Similar to the New Zealand haka, “The Mal” is inspired by the 1993 Origin pre-match huddle in which Mal Meninga fierily inspired his Queensland team mates to put an end to the can’ts.
“The Mal is about getting rid of negativity before the game begins,” says Queensland team psychologist, Trevor Gillmeister.
“Our blokes get in a circle on the halfway line. Then each player announces how he will violate a thing that might undermine the Maroons in the next 80 minutes.”
“For example JT might say, I’m gonna kill the can’ts and Sammy Thaiday might say Let’s get the fork up those can’ts.”
“Then after everyone has said something, Nate Myles goes over to Paul Gallen and hits him in the nose. Cos you’ve gotta be positive and hammer the no’s.”
New South Wales Origin coach Laurie Daley has laughed off The Mal, saying it is just a group of men swearing.
But Gillmeister will have none of it.
“As some of those cockroach players can tell you, a group of men swearing is a jury. What you’ll see with The Mal is 17 blokes telling the world that nothing shuts off a Queenslander and lives.”