The axing that transforms 'more dangerous' QLD

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NSW rugby league fable Peter Sterling believes Queensland person unlocked "more points" successful their revised squad for Game Three.

Sterling praised Maroons manager Paul Green's changes arsenic Queensland purpose to debar a Blues clean-sweep successful the 2021 State of Origin series.

"No uncertainty [they person much points successful them now]," Sterling told Wide World of Sports' Sterlo's Wrap.

"Game Three with the Blues looking to travel up with a clean-sweep, it's a precise absorbing Queensland side.

"Maybe 1 a small spot for the aboriginal determination with [Hamiso] Tabuai-Fidow coming in. He's a bully subordinate but he'll beryllium enactment to the test."

Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (Getty)

Tabuai-Fidow is the astonishment prime for Game Three astatine lone 19 years old, but Sterling thinks helium tin adhd immoderate much-needed gait and flair to the Maroons.

"We've spoken astir the centre and however Kurt Capewell has been forced to deputise successful there, good Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow comes in, the young speedster from North Queensland. An breathtaking prospect," Sterling said.

"Hasn't got a batch of first-grade acquisition but man, if helium gets into unfastened space, the ft contention betwixt him and a mates of NSW defenders could beryllium fantastic to watch."

Sterling was besides buoyed by Green bringing successful Ben Hunt astatine hooker successful Andrew McCullough's spot with the in-form Dragons prima a much invaluable violative limb successful the Parramatta great's eyes.

"Ben Hunt comes successful for Andrew McCullough - I don't deliberation that's immoderate large surprise. With each owed respect to Andrew McCullough, large service, plentifulness of acquisition but Ben Hunt provides much points and much attacking opportunities retired of that dummy fractional region," Sterling said.

"They surely look much unsafe with the football. Defensively that'll beryllium the trial for them against this red-hot NSW broadside that determination the shot and bash truthful astatine speed."

Darren Lockyer and Wally Lewis backmost Reece Walsh for Game Three selection

The summation of Kalyn Ponga returning from wounded is simply a immense summation for Queensland, with the fullback's playmaking quality connected afloat show connected the play for the Knights.

"I'm excited astir Kalyn Ponga coming backmost due to the fact that helium didn't miss a bushed coming backmost for Newcastle connected the weekend," Sterling said.

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