Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett sprays Blues for Origin collapse

Now they head back to an electrified Suncorp Stadium for the decider, where the spectre of Thurston's Origin exit puts them firmly back in the underdogs slot.

It's a relatively unfamiliar feeling for a team that's won 10 of the past 11 Origin series.

"We know it's a very hard thing to go down to Sydney and win but we've done it in the past and this is a pretty good side that's been put together, so if we go down and play well, we're a pretty good chance of doing it". "But in saying that, we're quietly confident that we can wrap up the series".

"The last time we were here (in Sydney) for an Origin game, the penalty count was 12-4".

Wayne Bennett has pointed out a game-defining error from Jarryd Hayne as one of the key reasons the Blues failed to claim the series on home turf on Wednesday night.

NSW were 16-6 to the good at half-time and looked certain for a series win but Queensland outscored them 12-0 in the second half to emerge 18-16 winners.

"It's about taking your chances and Queensland, all through the second half, they just kept playing it out, playing it out".

ANDREW FIFITA: Tipped to be the match victor again, but found it impossible to back up his game-one heroics in a quiet game. 5.5.

Thurston is as much magician as he is Rugby League player and his dominance of the Origin arena across 36 straight games up to Game 3 previous year made him an automatic inclusion the moment he got through an injury return against the Eels in Round 14.

"I think it's a young squad, or more of an inexperienced squad, and with that comes a lot of enthusiasm and that's what we're really riding on", he said.

"It's a huge challenge for our guys, there's no doubt about that, and there's a couple of new faces in the forward pack".

Confirmation that playmaker Johnathan Thurston had been passed fit to make his Origin return did not appease Walters who couldn't resist having a shot at ex-Canberra teammate Daley.

"He bases his game around his agility and obviously in Origin that comes in handy, especially when you're bringing it out of your own end", Morris said. "He's one of the smallest blokes who'll ever play our game, but possibly one of the toughest".

"It just reiterated to me that I wasn't ready to give up playing State of Origin", he said.

"Queensland have always floated between good to great most of the time over the last 10 years", he said.

Underrated Storm middleman Tim Glasby comes in to replicate what he does at club level: starch up the middle, slow down the Blues' play-the-balls, and hopefully find a way to keep NSW wrecking balls Andrew Fifita and David Klemmer quiet.

Rugby league is in the genes of NSW Blues skipper Boyd Cordner. "We got lucky. They're a stronger side and we know what they're capable of doing", Daley said on Fox Sports' NRL 360.

The 34-year-old has only played one club game since Round 6 and was in visible distress carrying his right arm for most of the night but that didn't stop him from etching his name into the annals of history with a play that summed up Queensland's seemingly-endless dynasty.

"Everyone is talking about that first half, we were just like zombies going back and forth, back and forth, and that's what Origin's all about - and that's why it's so special". They didn't go to him once in the second half. They know my body better than anyone.

"We want to win, that's what it's about".

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