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Gagai in reach of try-scoring record

IN AGAIN: Dane Gagai of the Queensland Maroons scores a try during game two of the State of Origin series against the NSW Blues at Suncorp Stadium.
IN AGAIN: Dane Gagai of the Queensland Maroons scores a try during game two of the State of Origin series against the NSW Blues at Suncorp Stadium. DAN PELED

HE IS a try away from joining Ryan Girdler and Lote Tuqiri with the most tries in an Origin series, but Queensland winger Dane Gagai says he won’t be thinking of breaking any records against NSW in Sydney tonight.

From being out of favour with Queensland selectors in 2014 when he was banned from selection for breaking team rules, Gagai has emerged as the Maroons match-winner in 2016 with four tries as Queensland clinched its 10th series win in the past 11 years.

NSW centre Girdler and Queensland Fijian-born winger Tuqiri share the record of five tries in a series, well within Gagai’s grasp given his current hot form.

But Newcastle’s former Junior Kangaroo and 2010 NYC fullback of the year, who has again overcome a quad injury, just wants to do his job for his teammates, not for personal glory.

“It would be nice but I think about the team first and to get the win. I don’t think too many of the boys have been part of a team that has been 2-0 up so I am going to go out and play my normal game,” Gagai said.

“I feel honoured and privileged to be part of such a great team. Being a kid growing up sitting back on the couch watching Origin games, I still have to pinch myself now that I am a part of it.

“Being around guys like JT (Johnathan Thurston) and Cameron Smith is inspiration. I am still young and I’m trying learn as much as I can off them.”

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