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Slater, Smith and King to play in
Melbourne Storm stars Billy Slater and Cameron Smith have once again been selected to represent Queensland in State-Of-Origin Two, as has Matt King for New South Wales for the clash at Telstra Stadium on June 15.
Storm?s three Origin reps have been sensational against St. George Illawarra and Wests since returning from Game One action and thoroughly deserve their recalls.
Wins over a Dragons outfit who had won five games in a row, and the Tigers who Storm had never beaten at Leichhardt Oval, has put Melbourne?s season back on track after an inconsistent six week period.
After a classic Origin One where a Matt Bowen try won it for Queensland in extra time, Slater knows NSW will come out fighting in Game Two.
?New South Wales have their backs against the wall,? Slater told AAP.
"It will be a bit like us last year, when we had our backs against the wall. Sometimes that's when you play your best football."
However, the fullback was confident the Maroon?s can finish the job at Telstra Stadium.
"The more losses you get the closer you are to a win," he said of Queensland's record of just one draw from nine appearances at the ground.
"That's a factor, but we're up one-nil now and we'll be going into the game with confidence.
"It's going to be a great match again, I can't really see where the weaknesses are in both sides.
"I think it's a possession thing, whoever turns up on the night will get away with it.
"That's rugby league - whoever holds the ball generally comes out on top."