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New position, same priorities: Kurt focused on taming Turbo

His position may have changed but Queensland's Kurt Capewell reckons his job will remain the same in Origin III - try and stop Tom Trbojevic.

Capewell admitted he was sick of the sight of Trbojevic after lining up in the centres and coming off second best in the opening two games.

Trbojevic has run amok for a Blues outfit eyeing their first whitewash in 21 years after comprehensive wins in Townsville (50-6) and Brisbane (26-0).

Penrith's Capewell appeared to earn a reprieve for Wednesday's dead rubber in Newcastle when he was named in his preferred back-row position.

Indeed the heat appeared solely on Cowboys teenager Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow after replacing Capewell in the centres and being asked to shut down Trbojevic on Maroons debut.

But Capewell believed his brief had largely remained unchanged, saying he aimed to provide Tabuai-Fidow some much needed support in defence.

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Asked if he was sick of Trbojevic, Capewell laughed: "Oh yeah, he's a great player, tough to shut down.

"But moving out of the centres doesn't stop the fact that we still have to stop him - that is still part of my job."

Capewell backed Tabuai-Fidow to step up on Wednesday, saying he couldn't wait for the 19-year-old to be unleashed against the Blues backline.

Tabuai-Fidow is considered a rival to NSW winger Josh Addo-Carr's claim as the NRL's fastest player, clocking a blistering 10.85 seconds over 100m "a couple of years ago".

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"Absolutely, I can't wait [to see him play]," Capewell said. "I have Hammer outside me so I will give him some early ball and let him use his speed.

"He's an absolute talent. What he brings to us is that X-factor and that bit of strike power."

Capewell is the only player to register a try for Queensland this series while NSW have piled on 12, including four to Trbojevic.

But the Panthers forward believed he could still spark the Maroons' maligned attack from the back-row as Queensland look to avoid a 3-0 "Blue Rinse".

"That's the No.1 goal. It would be a pretty crappy feeling to have a clean sweep against us," he said.

"But I can't wait. I am back in the back row. I am ready to go. Playing back row week in, week out is more familiar to me, that's for sure.

"In the centres it can be tough sometimes, especially marking a pretty decent player there."

The Maroons will no doubt be hoping Capewell's infectious enthusiasm rubs off on Wednesday night.

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Queensland's pack are reeling after losing David Fifita to suspension before Jai Arrow was forced to leave camp over a biosecurity breach at the team's Gold Coast camp on Thursday.

Brisbane forward Thomas Flegler is expected to make his Origin debut off a new-look bench.

"We have come together and have a goal, that's to win the Origin game next week - that's our sole focus," Capewell said.

"We got together (after Arrow's exit) and it hasn't changed anything.

"And it looks like he (Flegler) is coming into the side. One thing about Tommy is that he does his job week in, week out.

"As long as we rally around him he will fit in straight away and he won't look out of place." 

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