Maroons ready to unleash Origin attack

Defence earned them a 1-0 State of Origin series lead.

Now Queensland believe it is time to show what they do best.

The Maroons have vowed to unleash their record-setting attacking weapons to snuff out a NSW ambush in Wednesday’s Origin II in Brisbane.

Queensland captain Cameron Smith believes the Maroons have not been given sufficient credit for their powerhouse defensive in effort in Origin I’s 6-4 win in Sydney.

“I think they had plenty of points in them in game one, we just defended really well,” said Smith.

“I don’t think there has been a lot of credit to our side the way we defended.

“They had 60 per cent of possession and we still managed to win the game.”

Smith – in his record 37th Origin – made 51 tackles in game one, boosting his overall tally for Queensland to 1379 – more than 500 ahead of the next player, Maroons’ Gary Larson (813).

Smith said the stage was now set for Queensland to cut loose with ball in hand in Brisbane.

“It’s different conditions in Brisbane, it’s more suitable for a more expansive style of footy so we will have to play better,” Smith said.

“But I think we have a few more points in us too.”

NSW don’t have to be reminded of what is coming.

The Maroons won the last game played at Suncorp Stadium 52-6.

Queensland have two of the most lethal try scorers in Origin history.

Greg Inglis (17) tops the list of most Origin tries with fullback Darius Boyd (16) close behind.

Both have individually scored more Origin tries than the entire NSW team combined (15).

“I think you have to play to your strengths, play up-tempo footy,” Queensland forward Jacob Lillyman said.

“I am sure playing fast will be at the top of the list – there is a lot of skill in this team.”

Halfback Cooper Cronk said the Maroons were ready to throw the ball around in game two.

“We did our review (of Origin I) and the positive that came out of it was the effort defensively, our defence saved us,” he said.

“We didn’t have much ball in that second half – in attack we can definitely play more football.”

Not that Queensland were taking a win for granted in Origin II.

“No doubt NSW will get better,” he said.

“Look at last year in game two they played like the series was on the line which it was, they outplayed us and out-muscled us.

“There will be a similar mentality.”

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