Maroons defend Origin tactics
Those on the blue side of the border may be crying foul after a physical State of Origin series opener but if you expect Queensland to take a different approach to Origin II you better think again.
Wounded New South Wales hooker Robbie Farah kicked started the mental warfare ahead of next week's Origin II when he suggested the public profiles of several Maroon stars allowed them to get away with more than most other players on the field.
Farah probably has good reason to feel a little hard done-by after the Blues' one-point defeat in the series opener, having been left with a sore shoulder courtesy of a Justin Hodges tackle.
That incident, which had Blues fans crying foul as Hodges escaped sanction along with several others, caused Farah to raise the subject from the Blues camp in Coughs Harbour.
However down in Melbourne the Maroons were refusing to buy into the tit for tat.
"At the end of the day it was still a very physical game and both sides were out there giving their all," Aiden Guerra said.
"There are 13 blokes on each side of the field and if someone is going to get their nose out of joint about copping it somewhere they didn't want to, that just comes with the territory.
"That's the first time I'm hearing of it [Farah's comments]. Origin has always been a physical game, we've got players in our side as they do who really bring a physical game and make it the game that is.
"We are going to go out there and give it our all and I'm sure that's no different to any of the previous Origins."
When Guerra was asked whether we would see a change in tactics by Queensland in Game Two, his response was blunt.
"I wouldn't think so."
Queensland kicked of its first day of training camp on Wednesday with a gym session at the St Kilda Football Club.
NSW's chances of leveling the series was given a huge boost on Tuesday with skipper Paul Gallen named for his first game of the series, but the Maroons are not getting caught up in Gallen-watch by any means.
"He is just another Blue jersey," Guerra said.
"He's one of the opposition so you can't pick out an individual player because there's 13 coming at us.
"One player can make a difference but they're not going to change the world."