Ahead of kickoff tonight, check out Rick Edgerton's preview of the second #Origin clash.
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Bulldogs prop Nate Myles is expected to announce his NRL future today. The Queensland Origin forward has been the most in-demand player on the open market, with eight clubs desperate to secure his services from next season.
The 21-year-old is expected to make up his mind after fielding offers from Melbourne, Gold Coast, Sydney Roosters, North Queensland and the Bulldogs.
Myles?s team mate Sonny Bill Williams can breathe a bit easier though, he is free to play in Saturday's clash against Sydney Roosters after the Bulldogs superstar escaped censure from the NRL match review committee.
The decision is a huge relief for the premiership favourites, after Williams and Reni Maitua were placed on report for a lifting tackle on St George Illawarra winger Colin Best in Friday night's 22-16 win at Oki Jubilee Stadium.
Ladder leaders Melbourne Storm were also cleared of wrongdoing despite grapple tackle allegations during Sunday's controversial 24-16 win over Newcastle. The NRL judiciary won't need to convene this week, as there were no charges from round 19 action.
And to top it off, the Bulldogs have sent a chilling warning to their NRL rivals - they can get even better.
In a powerhouse performance that propelled them into premiership favouritism, the Bulldogs outmuscled fellow title contender St George Illawarra 22-16 last Friday in one of the season's best matches.
But coach Steve Folkes is adamant his side is yet to peak and predicts further improvement in the run towards the semi-finals. Several betting agencies have installed the Bulldogs as favourites in premiership betting, although Folkes played down the significance of title favouritism.