Fringe Queensland forward Jarrod Wallace expects a post-season State of Origin campaign to be ideal for players.
It’s the most important rugby league game of 2019 this Sunday night, with New South Wales and Queensland travelling to Perth for State of Origin Game 2.
The Blues came into this series as warm favourites, but a four-point Game 1 loss and a whopping seven changes later has them well on the back foot.
Kevin Walters and his Queensland charges will be quietly confident of wrapping up a series victory – can they get the job done?
Or, will the new-look Blues turn the series around?
Roar rugby league expert Joe Frost on the Game of Codes podcast to examime the all-important match.
Listen to the discussion:
The Blues started Game 1 off superbly, dominating the first half and taking an 8-0 lead to the sheds. But the Maroons had several tries turned down by the video referee and, in the second half, the weight of numbers came through.
A crucial sin bin to Latrell Mitchell and a second-half double to Dane Gagai saw Queensland storm home in the second half and knock off the Blues in front of their home crowd.