Scott Powick

It's got to be perfect: Slater

BILLY Slater has stressed the size of the task in front of the Maroons by declaring it will take a perfect game to best New South Wales in next Wednesday's Origin decider at Suncorp Stadium.

Many south of the border have declared the Blues' victory in game two the changing of the guard and the end of Queensland's five years of interstate dominance.

Slater agreed with the assessment his team was guilty of uncharacteristic simple errors, especially in its own half, at ANZ Stadium and that the Blues executed a faultless game.

The champion Melbourne No.1 said the Maroons were far from ready to throw the towel in the ring, they just needed to match NSW in producing a 10-out-of-10 performance.

“We've certainly got the players for a perfect game and we've done it before – there's no doubt in our minds we're capable of it,” he told the Daily yesterday.

Since entering camp at Hyatt Regency Coolum on Tuesday, the Maroons have downplayed the importance of this year's series being skipper Darren Lockyer's last.

Slater, however, erred from the party line, declaring it would be a “huge” factor in the outcome.

Although the milestone had not been stressed by coach Mal Meninga or Lockyer (pictured), Slater believed every player would be driven to send their inspirational captain out a winner.

“It's a huge thing,” he said.

“Everyone's aware of it and it's been spoken about here and there, but I don't think it will be at the top of the things we think about during our preparation.

“We need to prepare for a simple game. If we do that and play our best football, Locky will get the result he deserves.

“All the boys would love to send him out on a good note, but we have to do the hard work first.”


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