Walters hopes Qld attack finally fires

Somehow Queensland have cruised to yet another State of Origin series win without their record-breaking backline firing.

But Maroons coach Kevin Walters would like to see their attack finally crank into gear as they look to seal a fifth Origin series whitewash at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night.

Queensland are blessed with the top-two try-scorers in Origin history – Greg Inglis (17) and Darius Boyd (16).

Yet neither have crossed the line this year despite the Maroons sealing their 10th series win in 11 years.

Winger Dane Gagai has been the standout, crossing for four tries this series to date following his game two hat-trick – when he became just the fourth Queenslander to bag three tries in an Origin match.

Gagai is now just a double away from claiming the most tries in an Origin series, surpassing NSW’s Ryan Girdler (five in 2002) and Queensland’s Lote Tuqiri (five in 2002).

Yet Walters reckoned Queensland had not yet found their straps in attack this year.

Powerhouse centre Inglis is on the verge of failing to score in just his third Origin series dipping out in 2008 and 2014.

Queensland No.1 Boyd has only missed scoring in an Origin series once since his 2008 debut – in 2011.

Yet Walters backed their try-scoring ways to resume as they looked to provide a fitting farewell for retiring Maroons lock Corey Parker.

“That will be our tactic. We want to use our skills,” Walters said.

“I thought game two was a great exhibition.

“But for game three the surface looks great, the winds here may dry the surface even more – it looks good.”

Walters admitted the loss of bench utility Michael Morgan to a knee complaint had been a handicap but backed his all-star Maroons backline to finally fire.

“We lost Michael Morgan who was instrumental with our attack so that might put a dampener on things,” he said.

“But we have Inglis, Boyd, (Cooper) Cronk and (Johnathan) Thurston – these sort of guys at their best is great viewing.”

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