Origin decider will be special
I KNOW I’ve said it before, but receiving this opportunity to play for Queensland again was something I definitely was not expecting.
I didn’t get that many opportunities in Game Two, so I’m very grateful to be getting another go and I’m relishing my time here in camp.
I feel a lot more comfortable and nothing much has changed because the faces are the same and we are going about our preparations the same way.
It goes without saying that next week’s game is going to be special, and it will be the biggest game of my career.
But it’s still early days yet so I’m just going to approach it like a normal game and not overthink it during the week. I’ll be focused on my job and going out and doing that for the team.
We definitely weren’t happy with parts of our game in Game Two, but we have an opportunity to seal the series in front of our home fans.
Getting our preparation right is probably the biggest thing and we started our first training sessions yesterday afternoon following our promotional work throughout the last couple of days.
We had a great trip to Proserpine on Tuesday and the reception we received just blew us away. The main street was packed and we couldn’t believe how many people had turned out to welcome us, but it was a real privilege to meet locals who are so passionate about the game and love to see Queensland win.
I’m also looking forward to watching our boys take on the Dragons in Wollongong tomorrow.
They performed well against the Wests Tigers a few weeks ago, and personally I’ve got full confidence in them to get the job done again. I’ll be watching on Saturday and encourage everyone to get behind the boys.
I’m also sure that Rob Lui and Ray Thompson will play well in the halves together. They played together during their junior days in Townsville and they’re also great mates, so I’m sure they’ll do well to steer the boys around.
Lastly I’d like to congratulate every player who took part in last week’s Laurie Spina Shield. It’s a great carnival to be involved in and I’m sure it was a lot of fun.
THAT’S GOLD: Maroons debutant Dane Gagai poses with fans at Proserpine.