BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05: Dane Gagai of the Maroons runs the ball during game one of the 2019 State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on June 05, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Queensland's Dane Gagai backed himself to take over the goal-kicking duties from the injured Kalyn Ponga in the Origin decider.

Gagai is the highest regarded goal kicker in the Maroons outfit and has been putting in extra sessions with Rabbitohs sharpshooter Adam Reynolds to master his skills.

The Maroons winger is confident that he can get the job done when the lights are on brightest.

"Reyno is obviously the first-string kicker but after training I will go and practice with him. Doing a few kicks with him I get a few tips because he is obviously one of the best kickers in the comp," Gagai told

"I am confident in doing it. It is an important role in any game but it is just about getting the reps in and getting the preparation right ... so when it comes to game time I don’t have any doubt in my mind taking those shots. I have just got to prepare well so going into the game I am confident.

"I am hitting them all right but with that wind I was only just making it from the sideline. I was striking them well. We have got a few blokes in the team that can kick. That is why I was doing a bit with KP [Ponga] when he was here just in case, so I was there to fill that space."

Gagai said Queensland's preparation was as good as can be as they look to bounce from a disappointing game two loss.

"We are back to our normal routine after having a shorter space to train in but I think the vibe around the session, around the hotel and the camp in general has been a lot better," Gagai said.

“Everyone was hurting after Game Two, as it should be. It was a very disappointing performance by us and we know that is not what we are about.

"Everyone was keen to get out here today for a full session and I thought we went well. We have got another opposed session tomorrow I think against the Easts Tigers so we can start running our shapes and some of the things we have been working on against some opposition."


  1. Gagai would come second competing against a one legged man in an ar$e kicking competition.

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