Australia gears up for State of Origin series

Queensland has been dealt a heavy hammering by New South Wales in Game 1 of Australia's State of Origin series, coming away with a 4-28 loss at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.

The NSW players are mentally tarred-and-feathered before they even get into the ground as their bus is forced to navigate the infamous Caxton Street, just next to the ground, where Queensland fans gather to point, jeer and do something much worse - smile - as the Blues are delivered to the Maroon-coloured lions waiting in the Coloseum.

The appointment of Laurie Daley in 2013 has seen an upturn in fortunes for the Blues and a spate on injures to their northern neighbours this season, sees them enter game one on Wednesday confidently.

We and all of Queensland are adamant Innisfail rugby league's "chosen one" Billy Slater will turn around our woeful Game I result if picked for Game II in Sydney on June 21.

There was no famous Origin biff, no mistakes and only one penalty apiece in the first half.

Cowboys youngster Coen Hess and Titans prop Jarrod Wallace have an ideal chance to impress Queensland selectors on Saturday, with the likes of Aidan Guerra, Nate Myles and Jake Lillyman in the firing line.

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Walters, how had teared up at the press conference to announce the team and that Slater had been overlooked, said they wouldn't be making any rash decisions.

But Cameron Smith, playing his 40th Origin, uncharacteristically botched the conversion. With Jarryd Hayne and Josh Dugan, we might get some tries off kicks, which they've done a lot but we haven't. That they would come back.

The Maroons will also be banking on Jonathan Thurston returning and Queensland need both more than ever to restore shattered confidence.

Only Johnathan has put an end date to it. Likewise, Queensland halfback Cooper Cronk tested the NSW backline with several first-half bombs, with little success.

"I play each game on its merits and have a bit of fun and give everything I've got and that won't change whether it's my last one or a few to go".

It was the Blues' biggest Origin win over Queensland in Brisbane, eclipsing their 32-10 game three romp in 2005.

That's the style NSW will employ, that's what Fifita and those big forwards are going to do.

This means up to two players could pay the price for what was the Maroons' worst performance in recent State of Origin history.

"We've just got to know our roles and just back ourselves and play the footy we've been training for".

Daley refused to embrace his side's favouritism, saying Queensland thrived when their backs were to the wall and they were being written off.

After winning a premiership, a World Cup and cementing his spot in the Australian side, a series win with NSW is the only thing left for the 27-year- old western Sydney product to achieve in the game.

"They are at their unsafe, desperate best when they hit adversity".



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