20 June, 2017
"I think everyone.wants to see a good game of footy, an open game of footy", said the Blues mentor.
Heading into the clash at ANZ Stadium, Queensland still have just eight games experience between their four props when bench players Josh Papalii (seven games) and debutant Tim Glasby are factored in.
And summing up his mesmerising performance, Fifita said he didn't take much out of the accolades bestowed upon him by some of New South Wales' greatest ever players.
"We have a lot of respect for referees". It's normally a bit dewy anyway.
The boys all picked NSW to win, although none had them as certainties, with all wary of a Queensland team whose pride has been hurt.
"I have a lot of respect for Gerard [Sutton] and Matt [Cecchin], on what they did in game one, I think everyone will agree it was one of the greatest origins of all time".
Queensland declined the chance to pitch Gagai into his preferred position at centre for game two, instead opting for Darius Boyd to slot into the three-quarter line. And it appears the Blues don't want to make it one to remember.
After weeks of banter that has been more mate than hate, Queensland coach Kevin Walters used his pre-game media conference to label counterpart Laurie Daley's attempts to influence the referees against the "spirit of the game".
"We are still in the ball game, we are confident we will put in a good performance that will keep us alive".
Cordner is yet to discuss with Daley the coach's plans beyond this year with speculation the Blues boss has been worn down in the past five years, but his skipper hoped a series win might convince the coach to stay on.
"Just making sure I am nailing everything on the head (at training) so when we come to the game hopefully it transitions into that".
"I haven't seen Hulk Hogan or any of those guys around here".
"In saying that, I've played with players before like Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in 2015 at the Roosters where I could hear them running down saying, "Left foot, left foot" and he would still use the left foot on them and go through. He's the right man to lead us". The Blues have largely been starved of State of Origin triumphs for over a decade.
Daley said he thought this pack was better than what Queensland rolled out in Game I. "I suppose it's going to be different for game two".