QUEENSLAND captain Cameron Smith has warned his team that the loss of injured Blues counterpart Paul Gallen will make NSW harder to beat in tonight's State of Origin match.
Chasing their eighth consecutive series win, Queensland is worried that because NSW have lost their skipper, Blues players will be making an extra effort to fill the spots.
"I think you see a lot of teams when they lose a senior player they share the workload and they know that they have to play even better to make sure that his loss isn't felt as much as everyone thinks," Smith said.
"We knew if Paul Gallen played he wasn't going to be 100 per cent fit, but now they've got Aaron Woods and Boyd Cordner who are both 100% fit, so they are going to be ready to play."
Although the Queensland skipper said it will strengthen NSW, some Gympie league identities disagree with him.
Gympie Devils' legend Reg Cannon said without Gallen at the reins bullying not just the players and the ref, Queensland will gain the upper hand.
"He knows how to manipulate the game and it is a big benefit to the Queensland side," Cannon said.
"In saying that NSW are playing at home and have three or four other players ready to fill Gallen's boots."
Junior rugby league development officer and former Devils captain-coach Darren Burns said the NSW side will definitely miss Gallen and is backing Queensland for the series decider.
"Just looking on paper Queensland has some of the best and most experienced players the game has seen and I think that will get them over the line," he said.