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Origin try-scoring record on the line

DALE Shearer says it is not a question of if his State of Origin try-scoring record will fall this year, but who will be the one to break it.

Greg Inglis stands on the cusp of writing his name into the Origin record books having equalled Shearer's feat of 12 tries for his state.

While Shearer took 26 appearances to achieve the mark, Inglis has done it in 15.

The achievement has led many to ponder just what Inglis will achieve before he calls time on his career, however it has largely gone unnoticed that Queensland fullback Billy Slater has racked up 11 tries in his 17 games in the maroon jersey.

Shearer said he had no doubt that the record would fall during the coming series which kicks off in Melbourne tonight) and it was only a matter of who would pass it and how far they would go.

"(Inglis) is still only young (25), so he's got another 12 or 14 Origin games in him, but who knows injury could come into it," he said.

"He could knock over 20 by the time his career's over but Slater is knocking on the door as well."

While Shearer agreed it was difficult to compare players from different generations and the game had changed since his retirement in 1998, he heaped praise on Inglis.

He said the last thing he would want to do is detract from Inglis' feats and called him deserving of the Origin try-scoring record.

"The game has changed, but you've got to give Greg a wrap," he said.

"He's got heaps of agility, he's quick off the mark for a guy his size, he's hard to stop when he gets going. It's just one of those things."

Shearer also refused to take a swipe at out-of-form NSW centre Michael Jennings, despite having being plucked from NSW Cup by coach Ricky Stuart.

Shearer described him as one of the most dangerous players in the NRL and warned Queensland's right side would have to be on its game to control his impact.

"They're definitely going to try to win it through the forwards," he said.

"Jennings has been out of form but he can create something very quickly. They need to get on top in the forwards and they can hold their own, for sure.

"They'll try to take us on, there's no two ways about it."

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