Queensland skipper Cameron Smith prices Wednesday night’s State of Origin series decider as the greatest of his 27 Origin video games.
At 28 and in the prime of his profession, the Melbourne Storm hooker is well positioned to eventually eclipse former captain Darren Lockyer’s person look record of 35 Origins.
Smith, who debuted in game three of 2003, admitted on Monday his 27th Origin clash was set to be the most crucial of them all.
“We spoke about last year’s decider (Lockyer’s final game for Queensland) staying the biggest game Origin has ever observed,” stated Smith.
“(But) … this a single even though is possibly even greater.”
Smith explained Queensland’s preparations for the decider had been the very best of the series despite ideas they had been disrupted by injury and the late arrival in camp of prop Matt Scott for individual factors.
“You may possibly be stunned to hear that but we had twenty blokes here, sorry 19 with Scotty nevertheless away, and Billy (Slater) in Melbourne attempting to get his knee proper.
“All the guys in camp have either played or been element of a squad just before.
“Benny Te’o has not had a game but he’s been 18th man before so he knows what it is all about.”
Smith stated Queensland’s training sessions had been excellent.
“Our sessions this week have possibly been the finest out of the total series with two opposed sessions which are more game-like,” he said.
Smith said the NSW side trying to stop Queensland’s 6-game streak would come to Brisbane with a lot more self-belief.
“We have played some excellent NSW sides in the previous and come away with a win and men and women have believed Queensland had been much better than the Blues,” he said.
“There’s only been a couple of blow-outs in all the games we’ve played in people series and there is not a lot in between the sides.
“We were pretty disappointed with the result in Sydney. We had a opportunity to wrap up the series but we didn’t.
“We weren’t that far off.”