Maroons know desperate Blues will dig deep
SENIOR forward Matt Scott says Queensland’s champion side will have to call on all its famed qualities to clinch the State of Origin series on Wednesday night against a New South Wales side with nothing but winning on its mind.
Facing their 10th series loss in the past 11 years, the Blues will head north determined to send the series into a decider back in Sydney and Scott said it would take an exceptional effort by Queensland to stop them.
He said while being one-up in the best-of-three series provided Queensland with great motivation, it could also be a curse in a tough, tight finish.
“They (NSW) are the team who are going to be super desperate. They will want to fight harder in everything they do, so we have to find that extra level to go to match them in that area,” he said.
“It’s not do-or-die for us, but it is for them so for them it will be a little easier to find that extra motivation, that extra effort.”
Scott said Queensland did not get enough credit for how it defended the Blues in the 6-4 victory in game one in Sydney.
“This team has never been about individuals, it’s about what you can do for the bloke next to you,” he said.
“I thought that was typified in game one in Sydney. The defensive effort from 1-17 was unbelievable to hold a great attacking side like the Blues out in the second half the way we did.”
Queensland, which confirmed Josh McGuire would make his starting debut in the front row, has headed to its Sanctuary Cove training base to begin preparations for Wednesday night’s clash, with late inclusion Jacob Lillyman (18th man in Sydney) glad to be back in the team at the expense of injured prop Nate Myles (knee).
“Any time you get to pull on this jersey is special, but it’s disappointing for Nate, who is a legend,” said Lillyman, who agreed the Blues would use their size and off-loading skills through the middle ... They’re very big boys, especially their bench, and it’s a massive challenge to back up what the boys did in game one and contain their big men.”