State of Origin 2017: Queensland Maroons captain's run

There's your game plan. The fullback set-up a try for Mitchell Pearce off a set play which saw him burst through the middle. "I still remember when I was a kid back in Mackay, watching Origin and wanting to be a part of it". "I couldn't even hear myself think when those boos were going up when he was kicking".

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.

"What they did in the second game they should have done in the first game", he said.

"And I was always going to be the easy target because I was a pretty unexpected selection for everyone".

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.

But the jury is out on Thurston's fitness again after he aggravated a shoulder injury.

Not many other wingers in the game could have done that and I think that the way he will start the sets for Queensland - where it really struggled in game one to get any fast play-the-balls - he will just rip through that middle with his leg speed and footwork.

"It's about taking your chances and Queensland, all through the second half, they just kept playing it out, playing it out". The ageing Queensland side somehow remain on track for their 11th Origin triumph in 12 years.

Morris admitted NSW would must take a longer look at why Queensland scored all three of their tries in game two down the Blues' defensive left flank.

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Nsw skipper Boyd Cordner (left) and his Queensland counterpart Cameron Smith. "You say not to think about it but just because it's so big, you can't help but to think about that stuff".

Now, they are on track to send off some of their biggest warriors as winners in game three in Brisbane.

"Little moments, sitting in the dressing rooms having a beer with your teammates, they're the little things that I've missed over the last two years that I've been out. But all they can do is get ready as best they can and get ready for the onslaught", Walters said.

"I haven't had to remind them", Daley said.

"With 15 (minutes) to go, I thought maybe we lost our way a little bit but we hung on and got through that danger period.it was like tighten the seatbelts, we're in for a rocky ride and Queensland were good enough to score".

NSW second-gamer Jake Trbojevic, whose deft pass started the movement finished by Pearce, and Josh Dugan produced colossal try-savers in the dying seconds of the half, and the 10-point lead shaped as 10 times more insurmountable for Smith, Thurston and co than it has in any of the previous 10 series.

Fighting for his coaching career as Queensland try to avoid only a second series defeat in 12 years, Walters snapped when asked directly if the Maroons planned to wrestle more on Wednesday night. Obviously I wanted to get my shoulder back as strong as possible for life in general.

Valentine Holmes dropped the ball on his first touch, before recovering to score the opening try in controversial fashion, when it appeared his foot had touched the sideline but the bunker ruled there was insufficient evidence to suggest he stepped out.

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