Lockyer tips Maroon win
BRISBANE rugby league great Darren Lockyer claims Queensland will be better prepared and ready to combat a Blues ambush when the two sides clash in the State of Origin decider in Brisbane on Wednesday night at Suncorp Stadium.
Lockyer, in Mackay for a Broncos regional membership drive told The Daily Mercury he expected the Maroons to wrap up its seventh consecutive Origin series.
"The Blues will be hard to beat but I just think with Queensland losing game two and off the back of that we are going to be more motivated to turn the tables against them to clinch the series," he said.
"I feel Queensland will prepare a lot harder and will be a lot more determined to win the match. Queensland also has the home ground advantage as well.
"I'm looking forward to the atmosphere at Suncorp.
"That's one good thing about the sideline commentary you get the best seat in the house."
Lockyer was clear in describing what the Queensland team had to do to stop a NSW win and continue their series domination.
"(Todd) Carney's obviously a danger and NSW has a really good forward pack so the key will be stopping the Blues' go forward," he said.
"The better the Blues' forwards do their job the more chances Carney and (Mitchell) Pearce will get; it's all about stopping the Blues forwards."
Having played against countless talented players, Lockyer was clear about declaring the best player he ever opposed.
"I've always said the most skilful player I've played against would be Andrew Johns," he said.
"With that said the first guy I'd pick to play in my team to help win a match would be Allan Langer."
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