He has racked up 705 tackles at an average of 44 a game, including a season-best 55 in his comeback from shoulder surgery against the Broncos in Round 6.
Friend has every reason to fire tonight. He squares off against Andrew McCullough, the Broncos hooking rival who represents his main threat to winning a Queensland Origin jumper.
“I’m looking forward to going up against Macca,” Friend said.
“He’s one of the better hookers in the comp and you want to try and get it over the better players.”