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State of Origin III: Cameron Smith boycotts Channel Nine

Queensland captain Cameron Smith stood firm in his protest against Channel Nine and did not speak to the network before, during or after the Maroons record 52-6 win.

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Smith puts McKinnon backlash aside

Queensland captain Cameron Smith ends a challenging week by leading his state to Origin victory after being criticised by Alex McKinnon on 60 minutes.

After being informed of Smith's stance, Fairfax Media was told that Nine avoided approaching Smith for comment at the coin toss, during the half-time break or at full-time.

Channel Nine denied Smith had brushed Darren Lockyer for a half-time chat. Fairfax Media understands the former Queensland five-eighth was aware Smith would not speak to him therefore didn't approach the Queensland captain.  

It came on the night Smith equalled Lockyer's record of most Origin appearances with 36. Smith is at war with the NRL's network partner after he was not asked for his side of the story when Alex McKinnon expressed anger at him for arguing with referee Gerard Sutton over the tackle that last season left him in a wheelchair.

He was contacted by 60 Minutes on Monday and offered the chance to go on the program next week but declined. Fairfax Media understands Channel Nine was told Smith had planned to boycott the network.

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Smith did speak to Triple M after the Maroons' victory, and said it had been a tough week for him.

"I was pretty good. I had some mixed emotions over the last few days. I have to thank the entire team, and the staff. They have taken a lot of pressure away from ourselves.

"[It was] not the best of the times in the last few days ... I want to concentrate on the victory tonight.

"I don't think this is the right time to talk (about the controversy). I just finished a State of Origin game. In the near future I will come out and have my say."

Smith said the Queenslanders were surprised with the ease of their win.

"We were pretty disappointed with our efforts in game two. There was plenty of effort but we let ourselves down with decisions. We knew we were a better side.

"You look at the scoreboard. I think that explains tonight for us. How proud I am and all the boys are," he said.

Despite Smith and counterpart Paul Gallen taking part in the pre-game coin toss, Channel Nine did not send a camera crew. Smith was interviewed by the Suncorp Stadium compere.

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