TIP: Wallaroos coach and Queensland great Colin Scott tipped the Maroons to win 16-14.
TIP: Wallaroos coach and Queensland great Colin Scott tipped the Maroons to win 16-14. Robyne Cuerel

Queensland legend Colin Scott tips close Maroons win

QUEENSLAND legend Colin Scott is not one to give the opposition motivation, but believes the Maroons will be too strong for New South Wales tonight.

Scott played fullback in the inaugural State of Origin game in 1980, playing alongside Immortals Wally Lewis and Arthur Beetson, as well as current Queensland coach Mal Meninga.

The 55-year-old played 17 games for Queensland from 1980 until 1987, and now coaches Wallaroos in the Bundaberg Rugby League.

He tipped Queensland to prevail 16-14 tonight, but said NSW would be dangerous in front of their home crowd.

"I'm never one for giving another team ammunition but it's going to be a tough on tonight," Scott said.

"NSW won't go out there and let the state down. They'll be very dangerous.

"A Queensland win would be great but it's going to be very close."

Scott emphasised the importance of a good start, with a mistake in the opening stages enough to cause a major headache.

"Those early minutes are crucial," he said.

"A bad pass, an error or a call by the referee can set you behind so they'll have to be ready from the start."

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