Big bopper centre stage for decider
FANS will be hoping for fireworks on Wednesday night when the State of Origin series decider is played out at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
All the talk has been centred around the Blues' new hard man David Klemmer, who dished out some rough treatment to the much more experienced Maroons outfit in game two.
Weighing in at 120kg and standing two metres tall, fans will hope Klemmer and recalled Queensland firebrand Josh Papalii will collide during the match.
Dane Gagai makes his debut on the wing for Queensland after Billy Slater's season-ending injury.
Meanwhile, a ladder re-shuffle could be on the cards this weekend in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League.
With Murwillumbah sitting on top by one point, a loss for the Mustangs could see Evans Head leapfrog them if the second-placed Bombers can get over the top of eighth-placed Marist Brothers. A draw earlier in the year provided the single point that separates Murwillumbah from Evans Head.
After the top of table clash last weekend where Evans beat our local lads, one would think the Bombers can roll Marist Brothers.
This would mean the Mustangs must beat Casino, who sit third on the ladder, to keep their number one ranking.
With a win tomorrow the Mustangs can keep their top-dog status regardless of other results.
Mustangs coach Damien Quinn said a lapse in discipline cost his side last weekend and an overall improvement was needed against Casino.
"Evans are a very good side and we played poorly for about 15 minutes last week, which cost us.
"I am looking for a collective improvement from all the squad; more energy is needed because everyone is after our top spot."
Closer to the coast, The Cudgen Hornets have a chance to unblock the log jam that is 4th, 5th and 6th on the ladder when they take on cellar dwellers Lower Clarence at Ned Byrne Field tomorrow at 3pm.
All on 14 competition points, the Hornets, Ballina and Byron have opportunities this round to clear the pack a little.
In the Intrust Super Cup, Tweed Seagulls enjoy the bye before resuming against the Falcons at Sunshine Coast Stadium next weekend.