Brisbane forward Sam Thaiday says he’ll prove his fitness to Queensland State of Origin selectors with more minutes against Canberra this weekend.
Brisbane forward Sam Thaiday is hopeful proving he is back to full fitness against Canberra this weekend will be enough to regain his Queensland State of Origin spot.
Thaiday missed out on last week’s Origin opener in Brisbane due to a long-running calf injury but returned to NRL action in last Sunday’s impressive win by the Broncos over Manly.
The 28-year-old only played 36 minutes in the 36-14 win over the Sea Eagles, taking a cautious approach on his return from six weeks on the sidelines.
The Australia representative says his calf is fully healed and he’s hoping to show Maroons coach Mal Meninga there’s no reason he can’t play in Origin II on June 18 in Sydney when the Broncos take on the Raiders this Monday.
“I was itching to get back out there on the weekend; would’ve loved to have got more minutes,” he said.
“This week against Canberra is another step forward. I’ll play a few more minutes.
“The gas felt really good, my first 20 minutes was really good, I got through a fair bit of work. I’m sure that’s what Hook (Broncos coach Anthony Griffin) wants to see from me but in the back of the mind I’m sure that Mal was pretty happy with that as well.”
Thaiday believes the impressive win over bogey team Manly was a high-water mark for the Broncos campaign, and a level they need to maintain against the Raiders.
“Who knows what we can do if we put another game like that together?,” he said.
“The best part about it is we continued on once we got in front, we didn’t ease off where we have in the past. At the start of this year we lost a few games that way … we stayed composed and we stayed tough the whole match.”