It's game time

GYMPIE will deck the town in a sea of maroon, garnished with specks of blue for tonight's Origin 2012 decider.

Local fans will gather at events around Gympie, including Wolvi Hall, Billy's and the Railway Hotel for the Queensland-NSW grand showdown and to see Jonathan Thurston even out Gary Larson's record 24 Origin games.

Thurston will take the field without legend Darren Lockyer and injured maroon Billy Slater, who have both featured heavily in Queensalnd's recent series of wins. However, try-scoring machine Rabbitoh Greg Inglis will take his talents to fullback.

Despite change ups and the departure of legend Darren Lockyer, Queensland captain Cameron Smith says talk about the Blues' resurgence hasn't affected his side's preparation for what he billed the biggest game since Origin's inception.

Gympie Junior Development officer and former Bronco, Darren Burns, said Queensland had the potential to win.

"They're comming off a loss, so will want this win which is a drumming factor," he said.

Burns said the chance for the maroons to make histroy in front of their home crowd at Suncorp and dominate with a whopping seven consecutive wins would drive them.

The game kicks off at 7.30pm.

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