Melbourne Storm and North Queensland have plenty riding on Origin with stars from both teams in action ahead of their NRL clash on Saturday night.
There’s more riding on the State of Origin opener than just the result for the Melbourne Storm and North Queensland.
The Storm travel to Townsville to take on the Cowboys on Saturday night with a swag of stars from each team set to back up from Origin I on Wednesday night.
Thankfully for the Storm it doesn’t include their best prop, Kiwi Jesse Bromwich.
The Test forward said the always bruising encounter could have a major impact on their NRL clash.
The Storm have Cameron Smith, Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk, Will Chambers and Ryan Hoffman involved in Origin while the Cowboys have key men backing up in Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott, Brent Tate and James Tamou.
The loss of the Cowboys quarter was key to their 42-12 thumping on Sunday at the hands of the Raiders.
The Storm had the bye after turning in a rousing win over South Sydney.
“Before last week they were going really good but having four of your best players out is going to hurt any team,” Bromwich said.
“When they get them back they’re going to be really hard.”
He said that the veteran Storm representative players have been at it so long it doesn’t affect their game.
Bromwich is looking to challenge himself against Tamou and Scott, who he sees as two of the best front-rowers in the game.
“It’s going to be a good test,” he said.
“I look forward to those challenges and I’ve been watching them for the last few years and try to base my game on a couple of things that they do.
“They get really involved in the game and their stats are right up there.”
Bromwich said the 27-14 win over the Rabbitohs, which snapped a three-game losing streak, couldn’t have come at a better time.
“It was really good for the overall confidence of our team because it was our most complete performance we’ve had this year,” he said.
“It’s always a tough period for us with the Origin guys now but we’ve got young guys coming in some of the other senior boys need to stand up.”