Queensland coach Kevin Walters has hardly put up the white flag ahead of Wednesday night’s must win State of Origin game two in Sydney but even he admits Queensland’s decade of Origin dominance can’t last.
In his second year at the helm, Walters is under the pump after Queensland’s record 28-4 game one loss in Brisbane.
Walters is confident the Maroons can bounce back following the return of playmaker Johnathan Thurston from injury and fullback Billy Slater, who was controversially overlooked for Origin I.
However, he made it clear to Maroons fans what Queensland had achieved recently is unprecedented.
“We are realists up in Queensland,” Walters said.
“We understand what happened previously at this level is a once in a lifetime event.
“I remember way back when it first started with (Maroons coach) Mal Meninga (in 2006).
“Winning one game was a big challenge, winning a series was a great achievement.”
Walters took over the Maroons reins last year after Meninga claimed nine of 10 series in charge, including a record eight straight.
He won his first Origin series on debut but Walters tried not to talk up expectations of another dynasty ahead of game two.
“We are still in the ball game. We are confident we will put in a good performance that will keep us alive,” he said of game two.
“I am not saying anything is over at the moment.
“Queensland loves winning Origin games, that’s what tomorrow night is all about – getting that elusive win.”
Walters will need to be at his best if the Maroons are to nail yet another series.
The last time the Maroons won in Sydney and Brisbane to win a series after losing the home opener was back in 1987.