WELCOME to Caxton St on State of Origin night - where if you take the Maroon pill you must refer to Blues captain Paul Gallen as the word that rhymes with banker.

If you take the Blue pill, you must scream "two heads, one brain" at the top of your lungs, but be braced for one hell of a backlash.

The famous street that runs off Suncorp Stadium was abuzz before tonight's opening State of Origin encounter, with Blues captain Paul Gallen Public Enemy No.1, particularly after saying Queenslanders have "two heads".

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Among the thousands of well-lubricated fans APN encountered, we spoke to die-hard fans including the Queens Clan - a cheap and tacky Maroon version of Mel Gibson's Braveheart clan.

Or five young women who went to the effort to paint Maroons jerseys on their bodies.

And finally the diehard Maroons supporters group with a banner simply referring to Paul Gallen as a "GRUB".

Yes, welcome to the wonderful world of Caxton St at Origin time - the most wonderful time of the year.

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