The Rabbitohs’ Queensland Origin trio of Greg Inglis, Chris McQueen and Ben Te'o were back on deck at Redfern today (Friday) after playing in Wednesday night’s brutal Origin opener at Suncorp Stadium won by New South Wales 12-8.
Speaking to the rugby league media at Redfern, both Chris McQueen and Ben Te’o admitted that Wednesday night’s match was an intense affair. For McQueen though, the match was the toughest game he’d ever played in.
“Obviously Origin last year was tough, but Wednesday just gone was definitely the toughest game I’ve ever played in,” said McQueen.
“It was physical, it was fast – at one point, I was gone. I was out on my feet and I was looking up at the clock and it was 11 minutes, so I had to really dig deep and battle to get through that one.”
To see all the key stats and highlights from Wednesday night’s game, please click here.
But for Te’o, the realisation of the quality of Wednesday’s game didn’t sink in until well after the match, coming on in the second half.
“It was pretty intense,” admitted Te’o.
“It wasn’t until I got back here and everyone was raving about how full on it was – it’s a bit different when you’re a part of it.
“I didn’t really realise to be honest, and I only got limited game time in the second half. I was initially meant to go on in the back-row but ended up playing tight, but yeah I just got out there and got involved and really enjoyed the experience.”
Despite a massive injury-toll coming out of both Origin camps in the Game One aftermath, both McQueen and Te’o admitted to feeling fit and ready to go this coming Monday night for the Rabbitohs against a Dragons outfit going through a transitional phase.
“We’re always wary against a team that has a few changes – like a head coach,” said Te’o.
“All their players will be fired up and ready to prove themselves and they obviously want to kick-start their season, so we’re very wary of them and Benji Marshall being back.”
Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire has named all three of his Origin contingent – including Greg Inglis – in his side to play this Monday night.
To watch Maguire’s Line-up, please click here.
To watch the full interviews with both Chris McQueen and Ben Te’o please press play on the video player.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on the St George Illawarra Dragons in round twelve this Monday, 2nd June at ANZ Stadium.
There’s no better way to experience the action than by being there, and with free rail travel to and from ANZ Stadium for all tickets purchased (including Membership cards), getting there and back has never been easier! To find out more about Monday’s clash including how to purchase tickets, please click here.