One week out from their State of Origin title defence and the Queensland training has stepped up a gear.

The Maroons took their preparations indoors showing off fancy footwork of another variety.

Natalie Sprott reports.


And the gloves are off in the red corner.

The boys in Maroon came out swinging at today’s first unusual training session.

Queensland coach Mal Meninga pitted team mate against team mate, next week it’ll be state against state.

Darren Lockyer, Queensland Captain: “We came here last year and we had a win, so I guess we’re sticking with what works.”

The Queensland coach says that coming off a five year losing streak those in the Blues corner will be hungry for a win.

Mal Meninga, Qld coach: “Well, we know they’re going to be committed, we know they’re going to be motivated, we know they’re going to be passionate. They’re going to be well coached, they’re going to be well drilled and they all know their responsibilities.”

For the most part this is a team used to playing against each other. Now, they’ve joined forces to defend an impressive series record.

And even more important will be the inspiration to send captain Darren Lockyer out on a winning note.

Darren Lockyer, Queensland Captain: “I think we always play for each other and we play for our state. Just because I’m finishing up that doesn’t change.

A sentiment echoed by the coach.

Mal Mening, Qld Coach: “Not one individual is greater than the team. Locky understands that and that’s what’s made him a great player over the years.”

The team say they’re feeling well prepared ahead of next week’s clash.

Darius Boyd, Maroons Winger: “It’s going to be a very physical game as always and we’re up against a great side so its going to be a tough game on Wednesday.”

The players found out there was nowhere to hide in a boxing ring.

There’ll be even less on the sacred turf of Lang Park with millions watching.

Natalie Sprott QUT News.