Queensland force a decider in stirring comeback

There's your game plan.

How can I watch it? . "I suppose it's going to be different for game two".

Speaking on Thursday morning, Thurston was still holding out hope that he will play for North Queensland against Penrith in what would be his 300th NRL appearance.

There were no indications early in the second half that Queensland would turn the game around, as whatever they tried in attack the Blues had an answer for with their organised and ferocious defence.

"Game 3 is his last ever game in Queensland colours".

"I think they wanted to make some changes and made the changes they thought they needed to do and again we haven't thought a great deal about what Queensland are doing", he said.

Queensland have pulled off countless miracle wins throughout State of Origin history, but none as unlikely as their series-saving 18-16 Houdini act in Game 2 at ANZ Stadium.

Playing through the pain: Johnathan Thurston is expected to be fit for the Suncorp Stadium decider.

It's a relatively unfamiliar feeling for a team that's won 10 of the past 11 Origin series.

Dane Gagai - a relative rookie compared to the likes of Maroons teammate and captain Cameron Smith - revealed the simple bonding medium ahead of his sixth appearance for the state.

"I can't think of anyone else you'd want to have a crack at that goal", he said.

"Knowing JT, he'll just want everyone to focus on preparing well and having a strong performance to give ourselves a chance of playing well and getting the victory".


Thurston appeared to be struggling with his suspect shoulder for much of the second half, but NSW could not exploit the wounded Queensland legend's weakness.

Now they are on track to send off some of their biggest names as winners.

Bennett highlighted Hayne's decision, which was described by some Origin commentators as "selfish" and a "showboat" move, as one of the decisive moments that cost NSW the win.

With just seconds left on the clock in the first half, Queensland looked certain to peg back a 16-6 deficit after chasing their tails for most of the opening stanza.

Blues coach Laurie Daley has deliberately ushered in a new, younger generation not scarred by previous defeats.

"It's always hard because you're never too far in front - Origin can swing pretty quickly", Daley said.

"The best thing about this team - I've only been a part of it for two years - just the way everyone is; not just the players, the families and wives and partners".

"I'll get in trouble if I comment on referees, don't I?"

Queensland opened the scoring, through debutant winger Valentine Holmes in the ninth minute, but the Blues dominated the first half to lead 16-6.

A slick backline movement saw Jarryd Hayne cross for a try that brought him level with Michael O'Connor as the state's greatest Origin try-scorer with 11.

The one-two punch of tries to winger Brett Morris (24th) and halfback Mitchell Pearce (27th) ensured NSW had all the halftime momentum.

The Blues have gone from raging hot favourites to despised outsiders in the space of two minutes.

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