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Queensland skipper says JT is good to go

Johnathan Thurston has an injury scare after taking a knock on his leg during a Queensland Maroons training session at Sanctuary Cove Resort.
Johnathan Thurston has an injury scare after taking a knock on his leg during a Queensland Maroons training session at Sanctuary Cove Resort. Bradley Kanaris

QUEENSLAND skipper Cameron Smith has dismissed any concerns around star playmaker Johnathan Thurston's fitness, claiming the knock he copped at training Sunday was the result of an intense session that the Maroons needed.

Thurston sent a scare through Queensland camp, after coming off second best in two big hits during the team's opposed session against Intrust Super Cup side Souths Logan Magpies.

The first hit was the bigger cause for concern, after Thurston suffered a knee knock.

While Thurston finished the session, he did have strapping and ice on the knee.

However, Smith said Thurston would be a "definite starter” in Wednesday's Origin II clash with NSW and that the intensity of their final training session on the Gold Coast was a good test ahead of the Sydney showdown.

"He's fine. He's certainly copped worse than that,” Smith said.

"It was just a bit of a bump in the opposed session but we needed that. We needed that intensity in our training session. That's what Kev was after from the Souths Logan footy side.

"JT is fine. I don't think there's a session he doesn't pull up sore from these days, the old boy. But he's fighting fit. He's a definite starter.”

Thurston is expected to be a major target for NSW on Wednesday, after he missed Game One with a shoulder injury.

The Cowboys star has only played two games in the past two months.

However, Smith said he won't be having any words with referees to keep an eye on any special attention Thurston may receive from the Blues.

"There's rules in place and the referees do a great job at enforcing those rules,” he said.

"I'm sure there's going to be a little bit of heat coming towards JT but I don't think there's been a game he's played in his entire career where people haven't come at him.

"If there's any rules broken then the referees will blow their whistle.”

The Maroons will arrive in Sydney Monday with Tuesday's captain's run to be their last training session before the game.

Topics:  cameron smith johnathan thurston queensland maroons state of origin 2017


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