'In Game II we've got to be a whole lot better from the start' - Hodges

I thought State of Origin Game I was great, or good.

I think all of the boys did a great job in Game I. They were outstanding - every single one of them. They all went out there and did their jobs the best they could.

Every player that put on that jersey represented Queensland well.

Matt Gillett in action for Queensland. Photo: NRL Images
Matt Gillett in action for Queensland. Photo: NRL Images

I think there's areas we need to work on as a group - we'll continue to do that for sure.

Obviously in the first half of Game I we were under all sorts of pressure … we didn't have much good ball and the boys did a lot of defending.

Come half time, being only 8-0 down - I think that was a positive sign for us. You know, we'd had three tries disallowed. There were some positive signs for us, definitely.

But I think in Game II we've got to be a whole lot better from the start.

I think our start - our first 10 to 20 minutes - has got to be better.

I think we put ourselves under all sorts of pressure in terms of turning the ball over, a couple of penalties... with a side like New South Wales, you can't really give them too many opportunities because they will make you pay.

For Game II, everyone has to make their one-on-one tackles, our kick chase needs to be better - and we'll make sure that it is.

I think having Game II in Perth is a great idea. Especially from what you hear - all the people over in Perth are big Queensland supporters, so obviously we're going to have a big crowd there supporting us, which is ideal.

Cameron Munster in action for Queensland. Photo: NRL Images
Cameron Munster in action for Queensland. Photo: NRL Images

Both sides are going there - into unfamiliar territory, so it sets it up for a wonderful game.

You'd always like to think a clean sweep is possible, but at the same time you've got to give respect to New South Wales; they're a good team who will be hard to beat in Game II.

We just need to win two to win the series - that's most important.

I think it's going to be great and I’m really looking forward to getting over there. I think the new stadium over there is electric.

And we've got some community visits to do, so I'm really looking forward to doing that.

I can’t wait to get over there and showcase our great game.

Match: Maroons v Blues

Game 2 -

Full Time
Maroons

Home Team

Maroons

Scored 6 points
Blues

Away Team

Blues

Scored 38 points

Venue: Optus Stadium, Perth

Match broadcasters:

  • Nine Network