Jarrod Wallace has escaped being charged by the NRL judiciary for a tackle on NSW five-eighth James Maloney and is hoping he can also escape the axe for the State of Origin series decider in Sydney.
Wallace was put on report in the 48th minute of the 38-6 loss to NSW in Perth for the tackle.
In the sheds after the game the Titans prop said he was confident of not facing suspension, and that optimism was proven correct.
"I just went as hard as I could to get that kick-pressure on and I felt like I got him around the hips and was a bit hard done by. There was no malice in it," Wallace said.
"I don't think I hit him in the legs."
The Blues ran for 1945 metres for the game, to just 1108 metres by the Maroons, and many of those metres were through the middle.
That has placed pressure on Wallace, who ran for just 54 metres, and fellow middle forwards Tim Glasby (63m) and Dylan Napa (27m) to retain their places for the decider in Sydney on July 10.
Broncos forward Joe Ofahengaue is expected to return for the decider from a deep leg cut sustained in Origin I. Maroons selectors will conduct a post mortem on the loss in the coming days, with the lack of impact of the Queensland forwards to come under the microscope. No Queensland forward ran for 100 metres, compared to four for NSW, a scenario that will lead to a similar result if repeated in Sydney.
Wallace and Glasby were both recalled for game two due to injuries to Jai Arrow and Ofahengaue.
Wallace said he "absolutely" wanted another chance in game three to showcase his best.
"I feel like I can definitely be better but I felt as though I was getting in as many carries as I could and tried to get in as many tackles. I'll be definitely be better for the run in game three. Hopefully I am there," Wallace said.
"I love wearing this jersey. I just want to make sure I can wear it as much as I can.
"We need to be better there [in the middle] to win games like this. They are built on moments and unfortunately we didn't take them. We'll make sure in game three that we do."
The Maroons players will have just one game in clubland to make a case for retention. Newcastle forward Glasby is one of them. He conceded Sunday's display "wasn't up to scratch across the board".
"We were off the mark in a lot of ways and it was really disappointing for us. We will go back to club footy and do what we have to there. For those that get a chance in game three we will obviously looking to swing that around and make some big improvements," Glasby said.
"There was a range of things that I think went wrong and there were inconsistencies. One set something would go wrong, we'd fix it up and then something else would go wrong. It was across the board.
"Hopefully I get a chance to get back in for game three. The series is a long way from over. We have a great team with a lot of strike. We can turn it around."
Glasby had won all three of his previous Origin games so he said it was a bitter pill to lose in such a fashion.
"It is tough," he said.