Price right for another series win
ORIGIN legend Steve Price has backed Queensland to clinch a seventh straight series win at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night.
Not that he says it will be easy, mind you.
Visiting Ipswich as part of the ARTIE program for Indigenous Education, Price told the QT his former teammates were in for a tough time south of the border.
"We got the first win but it was a really tight game," Price said.
"I haven't seen our boys as tired as they were after that game.
"I went to last year's game in Sydney and it was probably the biggest atmosphere I have experienced at ANZ Stadium.
"It was a sell-out and the crowd was pretty crazy."
The Blues got the better of Meninga's men on that occasion but Price predicted that wouldn't happen again.
"The boys will be better prepared this time," he said.
"The best result will be to keep them (crowd) quite because it means we are going pretty well."
The former hard-nosed forward said the loss of Sam Thaiday would hurt the Maroons but Corey Parker was more than capable of filling the void created by the loss of his Broncos team mate.
"Sam has been a big part of the team for a long time but Corey comes in and he has been in great form for the Broncos," he said.
"It will be interesting to see who Mal starts with now but all the forwards are capable of doing a variety of roles."
The veteran of 28 Origin games said future Origins could feature a strong Ipswich connection.
Roosters forwards Martin Kennedy and Lama Tasi have both spent time in the Queensland Emerging Origin Squad and Price said the pair has the talent to get to the highest level.
"Martin has shown really good signs the last couple of years and is showing a lot more consistency at the Roosters this year and Lama had a brilliant first couple of games but has fallen off the radar a bit since," he said
"But I think it's great for Ipswich to have these guys coming through the Queensland ranks."
When pressed on a prediction for Wednesday night, Price showed his true colours: "Queensland by four."