NRL: IT is hard to imagine that just four years ago, former Blues coach Ricky Stuart said Robbie Farah should never play Origin again.
The hooker let the Maroons in for two easy tries in one of the matches during the 2009 series, prompting Blues legend Steve Roach to say Farah was not an Origin-type player, as recently as before last year's series.
Those perceptions have changed.
Farah is now known as a tough-as-teak rake, and said he was ready to play in game two at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night, despite the fractured cheekbone he suffered in game one.
"I wanted to play last week, but the doc said with the extra 10 days, every day you leave it, the stronger it is," he said.
"I'm sure I'll come under a bit of extra attention, but that's to be expected. That's Origin - it's all part of it."
Farah knows the Maroons will be much tougher opponents in game two, following their 14-6 loss in Origin I in Sydney.
"They're going to be better, and we need an 80-minute performance," he said.
But Blues back-rower Greg Bird said his team would be just as desperate in their efforts to wrap up a series win - their first since 2005.
"We're treating this as the be all and end all," Bird said.
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