Rabbitohs back-rower, Chris McQueen, has played alongside Cowboys and Maroons half Johnathan Thurston in recent Origin campaigns, but the Souths enforcer is certain that the North Queensland number seven hasn’t divulged all his tricks in Origin camp.
“Thurston is a pretty smart player – I’m sure that he’s still got some tricks up his sleeve that he doesn’t bring to Origin camps,” said McQueen ahead of this Saturday’s last home-game for the season against the Cowboys at ANZ Stadium.
But when it comes to the battle up-front, McQueen is under no illusions as to what his team will face. The Cowboys will be without Australian prop James Tamou, but boast Matt Scott as well as players the calibre of Ashton Sims and former Rabbitoh, Glenn Hall.
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“With their forwards, their just big, strong lads and they’re just going to run hard, they’re going to play with intensity.
“We’re definitely aware of how big and strong they are. They’ve got the Australian front rower’s, they’ve got Origin players, so we’re definitely aware that they’ve got a big, strong forward pack.
“Last time we played them, they definitely did a number on us, so we’re well aware of what they can do.
“They just started with more intensity than we did and scored sort of three or four tries in the first half an hour and we just couldn’t peg them back."