Lillyman ready for Blues bash and barge
Queensland forward Jacob Lillyman says the disappointment of missing selection in Game One of this year's series spurred him on to work harder and earn his selection for Game Two.
Lillyman will start on the bench for the Maroons, with a leg injury to veteran prop Nate Myles opening the door for the 32-year-old's return.
The New Zealand Warriors workhorse played every game of the 2015 Holden State of Origin Series and was a clear stand out in Queensland's 52-6 win in Game Three.
Although the 2015 Origin series was a career highlight, Lillyman knows it is now time to focus on the present and help the Maroons clinch this year's series at Suncorp Stadium on June 22.
"Not being picked in Game One was disappointing, but I got on with it and that's what you have to do," Lillyman said.
"Game Three of last year was a long time ago now.
"Obviously it was a great game to be a part of and it was my best Origin game, but that's a whole world away at the moment and there's another one coming up that I'm looking forward to."
Brisbane prop Josh McGuire will start in place of Myles, with Lillyman looking to make an immediate impact off Queensland's bench.
He will need to muscle up, with New South Wales again selecting a side that features a distinct size advantage over the Maroons.
"They are a monstrous pack. They are really big boys, especially on their bench," he said.
"It's a massive challenge and I need to back up what the boys did in Game One.
"Hopefully the conditions are better on Wednesday night, but it'll be a huge challenge containing their big men nonetheless."
Queensland are expecting the Blues' pack to come straight up the middle in a bid to try and bash the Maroons out of the game.
Pundits can expect Queensland to counter by taking advantage of a dry Lang Park in a bid to exploit the Blues' big men on the edge of the ruck.
Lillyman hopes this tactic will help the Maroons run New South Wales out of the game, much like they did in Game Three last year.
"They've got so much size and it's not a secret that in these Origin games they come through the middle," he said.
"We do have a very mobile pack. We have some guys that have really good footwork and can play on the edge of the ruck.
"We'll have to play to our strengths and play an up-tempo style of football.
"Playing fast rugby league is definitely up the top of the list for us come Wednesday night."
Lillyman is expecting the Blues big men to come after him, but he says the speed of Origin will mean he doesn't have time to think about being a target for New South Wales.
"They might come after me early, but Origin games are too quick to even be worrying about that sort of thing. I just need to be ready for anything that comes my way," he said.