STATE OF ORIGIN

Why Queensland are comeback kings

If Queensland are trailing 16-10 with 10 minutes to go next Wednesday night in the Origin decider every player in that team will have the belief that they are going to find a way to come back and win the game.

That's just the culture that this team has been built upon ever since Origin began.

I have to admit that sitting on the couch and watching Game Two, halfway through the second half I thought they were gone.

The Blues were dominating and I think all Queensland supporters were thinking they were going to run away with it like they did in Game One but for some reason they went into their shell and away from everything they believed in previously.

When Queensland turned them away a couple of times they probably lost some belief that they could put points on and when Josh McGuire made that break for Dane Gagai's try you could see the mindset of the Blues players change.

Their heads started to drop and the Queensland boys started to lift. They had that belief back and that was the turning point.

I thought we were gone but once we got that second-last try I thought it was game on again and that we could win it.

That was one of the greatest comebacks I've seen from any Queensland side. To have all that adversity against them, to have Johnathan Thurston out there with one arm, that was one of the greatest Queensland comebacks of all time.

‌A lot of the current Blues players have been a part of that era where Queensland have been so dominant so in the back of their minds they're probably thinking, 'Here we go again' and that's only human.

There have been games where we've thought we were gone and NSW were probably thinking the same thing, that they've seen this so many times before. Once a few guys have that in their minds those doubts can be infectious and you can drop your bundle.

The Maroons have a history of coming back to win at the death and that goes back to the '80s and '90s. As a kid you'd watch games and think it was over but they'd come up with these miracle tries or plays at the death and never-say-die attitude, that belief that the game isn't over until the whistle goes.

That's the belief that we always have as a Queensland team – that the game's not over until the whistle goes, no matter how far we are in front or how far we are behind. It's a matter of playing out the 80 minutes and knowing you have the players to your left and right that you can trust.

That attitude and belief is passed on through our culture and our values. We always believe in the Queensland way which is that you compete on every play, you compete until that final whistle goes.

That's why it's good to have guys like Jason Hetherington, Steve Walters, Trevor Gillmeister, Allan Langer, all these great players that come in to camp and bought into this system a long time ago.

Then you have great leaders and great coaches reinforcing that message every single day but you've got to buy into it and believe in it and that no matter what we're always going to find a way to win.

You've got so many wonderful players in that side, they've got a great coach in Kevvie Walters and the belief that they have in that side is that they're never going to surrender until that whistle goes.

That's why you can never write a Queensland team off.

Final Thought

Any team that can play in a grand final and then add Billy Slater into the mix is going to be up there again but a lot of what the Storm have been able to achieve has to come down to their coach Craig Bellamy.

We had 'Bellsa' at the Broncos when he was starting out as an assistant and the great thing about him is that he is a real people's person. He gets the best out of his players because the players love and respect him.

When you see Bellsa coach he is so passionate and so animated in the box but it's because he cares. He cares about the place, he cares about the players and he cares about winning.

And that's what it's about, it's about creating that culture where success is very very important.

He gives them belief, a simple structure and team values that the senior players drive but all that success doesn't happen unless they buy into it and Craig has a great way of encouraging players to do that.