Rabbitohs High Performance Manager and Maroons trainer, Troy Thomson, takes us inside Queensland camp ahead of this Wednesday night’s deciding State of Origin match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
Speaking to Rabbitohs.com.au, Thomson provided an insight into the camp and the preparation of Club skipper Greg Inglis as he prepares to don the number one jersey of Queensland in an attempt to take back the Origin trophy for 2015.
“Greg’s shaping up really well,” said Thomson.
“Mal (Meninga) is really good at freshening all the players up and knowing the condition of their bodies coming from club footy, so we’re able to monitor each players work-load to make sure they’re at their best.
“Greg’s been enjoying camp – he’s been looking good at fullback and he seems to be working out some good combinations with everyone in the team.
“He’s been around long enough with all those boys so I think he’ll be slipping straight into that position and have a good game.”
The highly-anticipated match is set to be played in front of a sell-out crowd at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday. But while a Stadium packed full of Queenslanders will be a welcome sight according to Thomson, that's far from all that will be needed to secure victory.
“The thing is, just because it’s in Queensland, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s an advantage,” warned Thomson.
“A decider up at Suncorp Stadium – it’s definitely one of the best places to be involved in a Rugby League match and especially when it’s an Origin decider.
“The noise on the ground – it’s physical. It really hits you there and being a Queenslander, that’s what you live for.
“But as a group and as a coaching staff, we’re making sure that the boys are preparing well and that they’re focused on the job at hand.
“New South Wales are obviously a good side and they’ll be riding high after Game II in Melbourne, so we just have to make sure we’re doing all we can to be focussed on this game to win the Series.”
What will however help Queensland in the lead-up to Game III though is the feeling of family within the camp.
“There’s a real family atmosphere in the Queensland camp and I think that tends to help the boys on the field,” said Thomson.
“Every time the boys get together, whether it’s at training or outside of football, there’s this real feeling of mateship in the camp – everyone enjoys each other’s company and feels really relaxed.”