HARD TO STOP: Greg Inglis runs with the ball during game two at the MCG.
HARD TO STOP: Greg Inglis runs with the ball during game two at the MCG. Scott Barbourgetty IMAGES

Fullback move gives Inglis scope

NEW South Wales has done a commendably good job containing Maroons dangerman Greg Inglis in this series, but Origin's greatest try scorer may take some stopping with more time and space to attack from fullback in Wednesday night's decider.

Inglis said he was excited about the hype surrounding the match, and also the prospect of finding some open spaces following his forced switch to fullback to cover for injured No.1 Billy Slater.

"I don't know what it is, but I think this is the biggest build-up to a game ever," Inglis said before Queensland's training session on the Gold Coast.

The South Sydney skipper was physically sapped of energy in Origin I in Sydney after spending three nights in hospital on a drip before the match.

He involved himself a lot more in Origin II in Melbourne, scoring his 16th try for Queensland and having a 17th disallowed after

sprinting 90m to touch down.

"I'll enjoy the opportunity to get into open spaces for a while," Inglis said.

Queensland has a lot riding on halfback Cooper Cronk being passed fit to play after he missed the second game following minor surgery on his knee.

"Cooper is the cool, calm head you need in these games," teammate Sam Thaiday said.

"He organises our structures, he gets us to the field position we need to be in and you miss him when he is not out there.

"It's amazing how one player can really change the dynamics of a team."


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