With the advantage of playing on their home ground, a settled lineup, and a successful history behind them, the Queensland Maroons are looking to secure a 2-0 lead in the State of Origin series. Pat Carrigan, last year’s Wally Lewis Medal winner, assured fans that there would be no sense of complacency among the Maroons as they head into Wednesday’s match at Suncorp Stadium. Despite being favorites, Carrigan emphasised the team’s “nil-all” mindset, ensuring they approach the game with focus and intensity.
Carrigan acknowledged the strength of the New South Wales Blues team, describing them as “stacked” and acknowledging that they have talented players who can pose a significant challenge for the Maroons. He emphasised that there is no room for any lapse in concentration, stating, “Not for one second will I think there is any other way (than being fully switched on for the game).” This level of focus is not only out of respect for their opponents but also for their fans, coaching staff, and Carrigan’s personal commitment to maintaining a high standard of performance.
The Maroons understand the importance of capitalising on their advantages. Being the home team not only provides them with the support of their passionate Queensland fans but also allows them to feel comfortable and confident in their surroundings. Additionally, having a settled lineup means that the players have developed chemistry and trust in each other’s abilities, enabling them to work effectively as a cohesive unit on the field.
History is also on the Maroons‘ side. Queensland has a proven record of success in the State of Origin series, having won the shield 21 times compared to New South Wales’ 15 victories. This legacy serves as a motivating factor for the current Maroons team, as they strive to add another triumph to their impressive collection.
However, the Maroons are fully aware that they cannot underestimate their opponents. The Blues have put together a formidable squad, with players who have the skill and capability to make a significant impact on the game. Queensland recognises the need to be prepared for a tough battle and to adapt their game plan accordingly.
Ultimately, the Queensland Maroons are focused on staying grounded and approaching the match with a zero complacency mindset. They understand the potential threat that the New South Wales Blues pose and are determined to give their all to secure another victory for their team, fans, and state. With their committed coaching staff guiding them, the Maroons are prepared for a challenging but rewarding clash at Suncorp Stadium.