The Maroons’ North Queensland contingent are fired up for State of Origin II following their NRL loss to Paul Gallen’s Cronulla, Cowboys prop Matt Scott says.
He believes complacency won’t be an issue for Queensland as they look to seal a 10th series win in 11 years at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday.
Scott says he and North Queensland teammates Johnathan Thurston, Michael Morgan and Justin O’Neill are hungry for revenge in Gallen’s NSW swan song at Suncorp Stadium due to the 13-10 defeat last round.
“For us coming up short, the Cowboys contingent will be very hungry to get them back and get some success. It was good timing for us in a sense,” Scott said.
“It was the perfect stepping stone into Origin – a nice physical, tough game.
“They are the games you like to test yourself in.”
Scott gets the chance to sour the Origin farewell of 22-game veteran Gallen when they line up again at Suncorp Stadium.
“Time comes for every player. He’s obviously been a great servant for NSW rugby league,” Scott said of Gallen.
“He’s been their leader for many years. There will be a lot of NSW fans sad to see him go.
“But he doesn’t get under my skin personally.
“He’s one of those players who I enjoy coming up against.
“We’ve had some good battles over the years but personally he is just another player we have to stop.”
Scott will need to inspire a Maroons pack without regular front-row partner and Origin veteran Nate Myles (knee).
The Warriors’ Jacob Lillyman, Brisbane prop Josh McGuire and Canberra juggernaut Josh Papalii are candidates to fill the vacancy.
“We have guys in the team who can take that load,” Scott said.
“Nate is a massive loss but Jacob has done the job before and Papalii and McGuire are starting to find their feet in Origin.
“As a pack we will all have to lift that little bit extra.”
Queensland left for their Gold Coast camp on Wednesday.