At 26 years of age Leivaha Pulu is not your everyday NRL rookie but has become an integral part of a Gold Coast outfit pushing for a place in the finals.
Dylan Walker revealed it was words of comfort from Maroons centre Greg Inglis that has helped him brush off the firestorm of criticism after his Origin debut.
New South Wales can no longer afford to dwell on missed opportunities or fail to challenge the Queensland defence. They will come throwing the ball around.
In today's moments match-up, a classic try celebration from the NSW glory years goes up against a long-awaited series win for the Blues.
Blues coach Laurie Daley says he is shattered for Wade Graham, whose one-match suspension has robbed him of an Origin debut next Wednesday.
Wade Graham will miss State of Origin II at Suncorp Stadium after he was found guilty of a careless high tackle at the NRL judiciary.
Dragons front-rower Russell Packer is embracing a 'nothing to lose' mentality ahead of his impending battle with Storm co-captain Jesse Bromwich on Saturday.
The Roosters will be out for revenge against the Warriors in New Zealand on Sunday afternoon just 10 weeks since their extra-time classic earlier this year.
Craig Bellamy has praised the role of centres Cheyse Blair and Ryan Morgan as both players have played pivotal roles for the Storm in recent weeks.
The Cowboys' Maroons contingent will have one thing in mind come Game Two of Holden State of Origin at Suncorp Stadium – revenge.