Queensland have touched down in Sydney with a recovering Greg Inglis on board ahead of Wednesday night's State of Origin opener.
NSW Blues discard Josh Reynolds scored two tries and kicked a field goal as Canterbury defeated Canberra in a thrilling, high-scoring Telstra Premiership clash.
A sea of blue wigs has made ANZ Stadium something of a Holden State of Origin graveyard for Queensland but the Maroons have made a move to mobilise their fans.
Maroons back-rower Sam Thaiday has backed both Greg Inglis and Justin Hodges to produce further State of Origin heroics after the pair were cleared to play.
Will Chambers is determined to continue the legacy established by senior Queensland players over the past decade.
Without the club's four Origin stars to guide them, fullback Lachlan Coote confirmed his place as a leader of the club in the Cowboys win over the Tigers.
In a low-scoring arm wrestle where the Cowboys prevailed over Wests Tigers, there were still positives to come from the dourest of Telstra Premiership games.
Tyson Frizell is keen to take the next step from 18th man to the final 17 in the NSW side, much like the jump Josh Jackson has made in the last 12 months.
Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor has defended his troops by labelling their 8-0 loss "not as bad as it looks".
A try from Cowboys winger Antonio Winterstein – the only one of the game – in the final three minutes of play has helped the Cowboys beat the Wests Tigers.