Queensland declare Billy Slater fit for State of Origin decider

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 11, 2017

Among those Thurston has helped settle are Queensland debutants Ben Hunt and Cameron Munster.

QUEENSLAND second-row forward Gavin Cooper has backed teammate Michael Morgan to silence the doubters when he runs out for the Maroons in the centres tomorrow night.

Round 19 of the NRL will kick off on Friday when the Panthers meet the Warriors at 8pm.

However, in Origin series where one state hosted two matches, the last (and only) time that all three matches of an Origin series were won by the away team was back in 1998, where Queensland won Game 1 and Game 3 at the Sydney Football Stadium to take the series after losing Game 2 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

However, Walters said Thurston was as influential as ever after entering the Maroons' camp in the lead-up and had kept nerves in check before one of the most-anticipated Origin games in years.

The Maroons are sweating on his recovery for Game III with stars Greg Inglis, Darius Boyd, Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott all unavailable through injury. Melbourne's Munster faces the daunting task of replacing the Maroons' great at five-eighth.

The Maroons have blooded eight rookies into the Origin arena this series and will deliver what Smith describes as potentially "the most satisfying" series win in his illustrious career should they triumph on Wednesday night.

"It was the last drill we were doing and he just went over it".

"We all left here bitterly disappointed about the result, it was the biggest loss (at Suncorp Stadium)", Walters said.

"We know NSW are going to target him but he's an old pro".

However, the bad news for the Maroons and the game of rugby league is that Thurston won't be playing in Game 3 tonight in what would have been his final appearance on arguably rugby league's grandest stage.

'They haven't given any indication to anyone really, ' he said.

They committed no sins - they were simply very naughty boys - but six players banned from representing Queensland for 12 months have earned back the trust of their captain and coach ahead of the biggest game of their lives on Wednesday night.

"But I reckon Bill will be ok to be honest with you and I'm hoping that's the case later today".

"So it'd be pretty satisfying but we're not at all getting ahead of ourselves and thinking about how good it would be to win the series". Cameron Munster being one of them, Dylan Napa as well, but they've certainly come into camp and displayed great behaviour, great qualities of what we expect in this side.

Queensland have dominated deciders, winning 12 to NSW's four with two draws.

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