Maroons frontrower Selena Tranter is on high alert ahead of her first Women’s Interstate Challenge clash against a Blues outfit determined to end Queensland's stunning 17-year run of wins over NSW.
"I think it makes them more dangerous," the mum-of-two said when she spoke to the media during her lunch break as a HR officer at Gold Coast council.
Tranter is an experienced rugby union campaigner who has only played league for two years.
She said she was "really nervous actually" about her debut for a Queensland Women's team fighting to keep the Nellie Doherty Cup.
"For someone's who's been around a while, surprisingly nervous, and I think watching the last State of Origin only adds to that."
Tranter said she was looking forward to taking the field with Jillaroo skipper Steph Hancock. "I know what it's like to play against her so playing beside her will be much better," she joked.
The match will be played before the Titans-Eels clash on Saturday at Cbus Super Stadium at the Gold Coast, starting at 3.10pm.