McGuire ready to make his mark: Gillett
They will start the game together on the Queensland bench but Maroons back-rower Matt Gillett is hoping he gets to also share some game time with Broncos teammate Josh McGuire in his Origin debut next Wednesday night.
Regardless of whether Michael Morgan or Dylan Napa nabs the final spot on the bench, the Maroons will take two debutants into the opening game of the 2015 Holden State of Origin Series but it is McGuire who had to endure the longest wait.
The Brisbane prop made his NRL debut 12 months earlier than Gillett and having been on the cusp for the past two years is now primed to pull on the Maroons jersey and subject himself to the toughest examination of his football career to date.
Gillett says that his own Origin debut three years ago went by in something of a blur but is excited at the prospect of what McGuire will bring playing for Queensland for the first time.
"So many things are going through your head, it goes pretty quick," Gillett recalled.
"I can't really remember my first game, it was a bit of a blur, I do remember looking at the crowd and thinking, How good is this?
"But Josh will be right. I am looking forward to him playing; hopefully we get out there at the same time.
"Josh is pretty relaxed, he prepares well, he is ready to go now I think. He wants to get out there."
The assignment confronting the Queensland bench is somewhat daunting given the New South Wales firepower they will be required to repel as the respective coaches call for reinforcements midway through the first half.
With momentum swings so crucial in the modern game Gillett knows that it is up to the bench players to bring plenty of energy when they come on, no matter the size of the opposition in front of them.
"We've just got to go out there from the bench and get the ball rolling just like the guys who started [the game]," said Gillett.
"They have a big starting pack and a massive bench as well. No doubt it is going to be a big ask to stop their forwards and it will be even harder in Sydney.
"They want to come through the middle with their big boppers, it is going to be hard to stop, we have to get the job done."