Ben Hunt knows he can make a difference coming off the bench for Queensland, vowing to unlock the Maroons' full potential after being a helpless bystander in the series opener.
The utility was a late addition to Paul Green's squad after injury to hooker Reed Mahoney, named 18th man but not featuring in the record 50-6 Townsville hiding.
With AJ Brimson joining the casualty list, Hunt will get his chance again on Sunday in a role the playmaker has quietly made his own.
"I'm happy to play anywhere, but (the versatility) is something I've developed over my career and given coaches and selectors the option," he said.
"It was a bit of a strange one (in Townsville), coming in late then having to sit there and watch that not really being involved and trying to help was a tough one.
"The boys were pretty devastated but that one's gone now and it's time to turn it around and show some Queensland heart."
Hunt will share the bench with David Fifita, Moeaki Fotuaika and Francis Molo, Green dropping both Jaydn Su'A and Joe Ofahengaue while welcoming Josh Papalii back from suspension.
With recalled hooker Andrew McCullough able to play 80 minutes, Hunt's exact role remains unclear with the playmaker able to slot into the halves or rove against tiring packs in a role that has become a trademark of Origin encounters.
"The game now isn't your best 13, it's your best 17 so your bench is extremely important and you look at that, there's some power there to work with," Hunt said.
Australian Associated Press