Surprises in store for NSW
QUEENSLAND women's rugby league fullback Tegan Sullivan says New South Wales is in for a big surprise when Kaitlin Moss is injected into tonight's interstate contest.
Rockhampton's Moss, and Dysart's Sullivan kick-off the Origin program at Suncorp Stadium, and while they're hoping to get Queensland's night off to a winning start, the pair has their own goal in mind.
The experienced Sullivan and 18-year-old Moss join Queensland women's quest for a remarkable 13 straight series wins against New South Wales.
A veteran at state and national level, Sullivan is expecting teammate Moss to make a huge impact in the front row when she is thrust into the contest by Queensland coach Stephen Belsham.
“She's been really good (at training this week),” Sullivan said.
“I think she's going to dominate up front for us when she gets out there.”
Both players aren't short of representative experience with the pair suiting up in the inaugural Women's All Stars match at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast earlier in the year.
Moss starred for the Indigenous All-Stars side earning her side's player of the match honours earlier this year.
Sullivan lines up for the Maroons at fullback while Moss makes her debut for Queensland from the interchange.
Moss, who has never been to Suncorp Stadium before a tour of the stadium yesterday, was expecting to be injected into the contest off the bench to add some spark to the maroons' forward pack.
“I'm expecting to be blown away (by Suncorp Stadium),” she said.
“But, when I get out there my job is to keep taking (Queensland) forward and work hard in defence,” she said.
Having scored a couple tries in Queensland's 36-6 win over New South Wales at Gympie's Albert Park last year, Sullivan said the decision to move the interstate contest to Suncorp Stadium as a lead-up to State of Origin One was a huge boost for women's league.
“It's very exciting. I can't wait to get out there and play in front of the crowd,” she said.
“Having played at Skilled Park early this year and now Suncorp (Stadium) is great exposure for women's rugby league.”
The women's interstate match kicks-off at 4.20pm today.