Townsville Bulletin - - STATE OF ORIGIN III -

MATT Scott couldn’t watch last year as NSW cap­tain Paul Gallen fi­nally raised the State of Ori­gin tro­phy at Sun­corp Sta­dium.

Fast- for­ward al­most 12 months to the day and Queens­land prop Scott reck­ons, de­spite a quiet game two, he has his eyes on the prize ahead of tonight’s Ori­gin de­cider in Bris­bane.

Scott did not play Ori­gin III last year due to a fa­cial frac­ture but was in the Sun­corp Sta­dium stands when Gallen got his hands on the Ori­gin tro­phy.

It marked the end to Queens­land’s record eight­straight se­ries- win­ning run.

“I think I turned away at that point,” Scott said of Gallen rais­ing the tro­phy.

“I’ve seen enough re­plays on TV over the year to make sure it’s still hurt­ing.”

Scott’s pride is hurt­ing too ahead of the must- win Ori­gin III. The man con­sid­ered the world’s No. 1 prop was over­run

I’ve seen enough re­plays on TV over the year to make sure it’s still



in Queens­land’s 26- 18 game two loss by the likes of his Cowboys team­mate James Tamou, Aaron Woods and up­start David Klem­mer. The low point came when Woods brushed past Scott – who turns 30 later this month – to score a key try near the posts.

Scott had an un­der­whelm­ing 51m from six hit- ups and notched 17 tack­les in his 38minute dis­play.

“I am ex­pect­ing a

lift from Matty def­i­nitely,” Scott’s Ma­roons team­mate Ja­cob Lil­ly­man said.

“I know he was very dis­ap­pointed with game two. He is a great player and will be look­ing to bounce back.”

Queens­land have re­port­edly won just three of 10 Ori­gins when Scott fails to crack the 100m bar­rier.

Lock Corey Parker ( 114m) was the only Queens­land for­ward who made more than 100m in game two.

For NSW, Woods ( 153m), Tamou ( 105m), Gallen ( 131m) and Ryan Hoff­man ( 138) all cracked three fig­ures.

“I think be­tween game one and two they def­i­nitely picked up their in­ten­sity,” Lil­ly­man said of NSW’s pack.

“There was a bit more feel­ing in it. They came out all guns blaz­ing.

“That’s the beauty of this de­cider in front of our home fans – it is go­ing to make for a block­buster.”

Pic­ture: ADAM HEAD

RE­VENGE: Matt Scott goes through his paces at Queens­land Ori­gin team train­ing.

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