Mitchell fan club for State of Origin

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Much of the discussion surrounding the Maroons has centred on the high-profile absence of stars Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater, who are missing through injury and form respectively.

That reason will no doubt be Queensland skipper Cameron Smith's awesome milestone.

Jarryd Hayne has the most post-contact metres per game of any active Blues player, the most appearances, most tries, most line breaks, total run metres, tackle breaks and is second in metres per run in his defensive 40m area among fullbacks and wingers, trailing only the injured Josh Mansour. They come together as one, every citizen north of the border under the umbrella of hope that they and their courageous heroes can match it with the big bad Blues from down south, the Sydney-dwelling city-slickers who pay too much for houses and too much for their coffees as the shuttle across the Harbour Bridge.

"I never thought anything like this was possible".

"They tried to slow it down last year and we're expecting the same this year", Daley said.

"They [Thurston and Slater] are two of the all-time greats", he said.

'It's typical Queensland, and good on Laurie for not subjecting his team to that kind of indignity, ' she said to a smirking Karl.

He claimed 2016 series referees Ben Cummins and Sutton allowed Queensland to get away with murder in the play-the-ball and were allowed to turn all three games into boring slogs with little expansive play.

A loss against the Titans could put the unchanged Cowboys (6-5) out of the top eight, and they will be desperate to arrest a home record that has yielded just three wins in six matches. Whether that's decision-making in the halves or whether it's just trying to find points out wide, Queensland has just had that ability to be able to stay in its systems and defensively be able to weather the storm from the NSW forward pack.

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He also says famous Queensland Origin moments and tries are playing on the big screens within the stadium as New South Wales train, in another callous act of arrogance.

Hayne will make his return to the Origin arena after a two-year hiatus playing National Football League with the San Francisco 49ers and rugby sevens for Fiji.

Target Jarryd Hayne all you like.

"But he was a great character to have around the club, he was the flawless build for a ball carrier in the forwards and he was very intimidating".

Much has been made of the lack of ill-feeling and barbs being traded before the series opener.

"I think Origin history, in particular Queensland's history, has been on the back of people (writing them off)".

"We didn't always go into games as favourites. But he is more focused on the result".

"I'm not sure (of his chances) to be honest until he comes back with the team (from Queensland camp)".

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