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NSW winger Akuila Uate will be free to play next week's second State of Origin clash with an early guilty plea after copping a grade one dangerous throw by the NRL match review committee.
Uate was placed on report in Newcastle's thrilling 17-16 golden point loss to the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval when he flipped and drove the head of 19-year-old debutant Tim Simona into the turf late in the second-half.
Uate will miss suspension with the early plea, freeing him to take on Queensland at ANZ Stadium.
Still on the Blues, and Greg Bird believes Paul Gallen has what it takes to dominate the Queensland front row when NSW try to level the State of Origin series in Sydney next week.
Gallen, a backrower for NRL side Cronulla, will start at prop in a controversial move by coach Ricky Stuart, who has only named just two specialist front-rowers in his squad of 17 in Tim Mannah and Trent Merrin.
Bird, who played alongside Gallen at the Sharks for seven years, has no doubt he can cope with his new role.
Meanwhile, Queensland is not expected to drop any selection bombshells later today when it announces its 17 players for next week's return State of Origin clash with NSW in Sydney.
South Sydney pair Greg Inglis and Dave Taylor are set to be the only changes to coach Mal Meninga's side which snatched a tense 16-12 first game win in Brisbane.
Inglis should return for injured North Queensland star Willie Tonga while Taylor has reclaimed his place ahead of Warriors forward Jacob Lillyman who will be 18th man.