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The Axe cut down: Maroons legend takes a tumble in podium mishap before State of Origin III

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 11/07/2018 Ben Hill

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A Queensland legend has taken a heavy fall after a podium misstep during the pre-game entertainment for the third game of this year's State of Origin series.

Former Maroons player Trevor Gillmeister - known as 'The Axe' - fell down the stairs of the stage in the middle of Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Wednesday night.

Gillmeister appeared to give a thumbs up as others on stage attempted to help him recover.

a group of people standing next to a person in a suit and tie: Former Maroons player Trevor Gillmeister - known as 'The Axe - fell down the stairs of the stage in the middle of Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Wednesday night © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Former Maroons player Trevor Gillmeister - known as 'The Axe - fell down the stairs of the stage in the middle of Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Wednesday night He has been a member of the Queensland coaching team since 2008.

Before the game he admitted the Maroons were the underdogs for Wednesday night's game.

'We like it that way. We've had a lot of changes from our side of two series ago with Smithy, Coops and JT not there, so we've lost a lot of experience,' he told NRL.com.  

Gillmeister was the captain of the 1995 winning Queensland side who were dubbed the 'Neville Nobodies'.

a man wearing a hat © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

They managed to beat a star-studded New South Wales team 3-0, and before the game Gillmeister said he was hoping this year's team could show some similar spirit.

'The key is to tell them not to play their game too early and things like that. The beauty about it all is you never know what is going to happen, and that's Origin. We don't know for sure who is going to handle it and who isn't.'

Gillmeister's tumble came as Queensland appears to be losing their previously iron-like grip on the series, having won nine of the last ten series before this year. 

a group of people sitting posing for the camera: Gillmeister appeared to give a thumbs up as others on stage attempted to help him recover © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Gillmeister appeared to give a thumbs up as others on stage attempted to help him recover

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