RUGBY LEAGUE: If the stars align on Monday night, Cameron Smith says there is no reason why Queensland can’t put another big score on New South Wales.
Queensland smacked the Blues 52-6 in last year’s State of Origin series decider and while the opening game earlier this month only produced a 6-4 scoreline, Smith is confident points will come at Suncorp Stadium.
However, the Maroons skipper, who will line up for Origin No.38 in Brisbane, tempered his statement, warning the Blues would play with a desperation that would make them very dangerous opponents.
Queensland can clinch its 10th series in the past 11 years with a win.
But Smith knows chief rival and Test teammate Paul Gallen is not going to quit until the siren sounds on Wednesday night, win, lose or draw.
The Blues lost the opening game of last year’s series 11-10 in Sydney.
But they found something special to save the series in game two in Melbourne, winning 26-18 in front of 91,000 fans.
Tomorrow night they’ll confront a hostile Maroons crowd hoping to send Gallen out of his last Origin series a loser.
“I think we are certainly capable of doing it (putting on a big score), but it is one thing saying it and another doing it,” Smith said.
“We are under no illusions of the way NSW are going to approach this game.
“They are going to come out the same intensity as they did in Melbourne in game two last year.
“It’s all or nothing for them. The first 20minutes will be quite crucial to the result, that’s the way we have prepared.”
Smith didn’t hide from the fact Queensland would put the acid test to new NSW centre Dylan Walker, who will mark up on Origin’s leading try scorer Greg Inglis.
“I think GI only had three or four runs in attacking positions in game one and he needs to be touching the ball a lot more than that,” Smith said.
“I am sure when he gets the ball in his hands he will be asking some questions of Dylan Walker.”
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