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JOHNATHAN Thurston’s trusty side­kick Gavin Cooper says Queens­land will pose threats down their left side de­spite the cham­pion play­maker’s un­avail­abil­ity for Wed­nes­day’s se­ries de­cider.

Cooper will in­herit a new pair of left- side team­mates, with Cameron Mun­ster in the five- eighth spot in­side left cen­tre Michael Mor­gan in the line.

Cooper has forged a pros­per­ous as­so­ci­a­tion with the in­jured Thurston with the Cow­boys over the years, but in­sists the Maroons can thrive in Ori­gin III in at­tack down their left.

“No one is JT by any stretch but we still have peo­ple who can cre­ate some dam­age with the ball,’’ Cooper said.

“I’ve played a lot of the season at the Cow­boys with­out JT and we’ve still cre­ated a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties down our left edge with what­ever half is there.’’

The Cow­boys sec­ond- rower suc­ceeded in his brief in Ori­gin II to stiffen up the Maroons de­fence, mak­ing 45 of the 46 tack­les he at­tempted in his recall game.

Queens­land missed 51 tack­les in their Game One drub­bing by NSW and 36 in their two- point win last month in Syd­ney.

“It was some­thing we spoke about im­prov­ing on from Game One,’’ Cooper said.

“I was brought in to try to help and look­ing at that ( statis­tic) it might have worked. Ev­ery­one worked re­ally hard.

“I found my­self do­ing a lot of work.”

NO SWEAT: Queens­land State of Ori­gin player Gavin Cooper says the Maroons can still at­tack down their left side.

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