Published: Tue, June 13, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

'I've never seen it': Maroons drama sets scene for Origin I

We played an under-17s semi-final at Langlands Park against North Queensland I think and he came off the bench and completely changed the game with his defence.

It's understood Beveridge joined the Queensland camp as early as Monday night.

The Blues will head into match one in the unfamiliar position of being favourites for a clash in Brisbane.

A Queensland rugby league source confirmed Beveridge was welcomed into the inner-sanctum of the team's coaching unit on match night, including all the pre-match and post-game meetings.

It was as if the Maroons had relaxed the tiniest bit after their try and paid the price with a back-breaking six-point play at the other end that preceded a second-half procession.

"I've won a Premiership, played for Australia, won a World Cup, played for the Blues but I've never won a series", said New South Wales prop Andrew Fifita.

O'Neill was possibly the man under most pressure with speculation he could be dropped to facilitate a backline reshuffle that would have allowed Walters to pick Slater at fullback and play Darius Boyd on the wing, with Dane Gagai moving into the centres.

"We had a good preparation and we knew we were in for a good showing".

Jarryd Hayne looks set to become Origin's biggest weapon.

But the 26-year-old has been a brick wall of late for North Queensland, not missing a tackle or conceding a try to a direct opponent in the past two NRL rounds.

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For years the Origin hyperbole suggested Queensland had a mortgage on effort to the last.

During the Maroons' 11 wins from the past 12 series, Queensland have on three occasions lost the opening match but emerged victorious.

"Game one traditionally is a tough game, very physical, not a lot between both sides, and that'll be the case again this year", he said. Even with the Blues 30 points up with five minutes to go, you would still back the Maroons to find a way to win.

While Wallace will miss out on what would have been his first Origin match since 2009, it has opened the door for Peats to make his maiden Origin appearance ahead of incumbent Robbie Farah. "Having a player like that in your team will be really good for us".

"He wasn't fit enough for this game so he will have to get back to his club doctors and see what they say", he said. "Honestly, I didn't see it", Daley said.

Mitchell Pearce has returned to Origin in the best way possible for a Blues player - by scoring a stunning try on halftime in Maroons territory.

"Obviously (Anthony) Milford will bring plenty of energy and he's a danger with the ball", he said.

However former Blues skipper Daley was adamant Queensland would present a far more challenging opposition with the likely return of champion pair Thurston and Slater.

"You're not going to get too many opportunities up there (Suncorp)".

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