A week to go to Origin One and Queensland’s lost its star utility Daly Cherry-Evans, to injury.

The Blues have fired their first shot into Maroon territory, in their sights Queensland playmaker, Jonathan Thurston.

Saffi Kerezsy reports.


The Blues trained at their Coffs Harbour camp this morning.

Their enforcer, Beau Scott, is making no secret of the fact that he’ll again, go after Thurston.

A similar tactic in round two of the NRL, left the Cowboys captain with a black eye.

The Maroons aren’t worried, not when they’re surrounded by a sea of maroon and this famous catch-cry.

“Queenslander, Queenslander, Queenslander.”

The “meet and greet” session was a hit, with rabid fans.

Vox 1: “I’m a Queenslander through and through.”

Tonight Queensland has settled into their camp at Sanctuary Cove without Cherry-Evans.

Daly Cherry-Evans, Maroons Utility: “I’m sure we won’t be clouding the whole week. It’ll be a pretty clear cut call.”

Cowboys’ five-eighth Michael Morgan will now make his Origin debut on May 27, in Sydney.

Mike Baird, NSW Premier: “My bet with the Premier would be pretty simple. I would say if the Blues win, the Premier must wear a Blues jersey in a question time.”

Saffi Kerezsy, QUT News.