Mal Meninga has finally surfaced. Now all the Maroons have to do is locate their misfiring attack as they try to stave off an Origin clean sweep at Suncorp Stadium.
The Queensland coach was nowhere to be seen on Monday and the Maroons kept radio silence. But Meninga was happy to talk before his side's captain's run on Tuesday, even asking how the media enjoyed their "day off".
If journalists found it a quiet start to the week, Queensland's attack has been in a cone of silence this series, with Meninga giving credit to a NSW defensive line that is the best he has seen in eight years in charge.
Darius Boyd has Queensland's only two tries in the series, scoring in the fifth and 57th minute of game one. The Blues pitched a shut-out in game two and both sides are asking for a decent 10 metres in game three in the hope a football game emerges amid the endless niggle.
Meninga said the "blue wall" had been virtually insurmountable thus far and NSW had come up with the right answer during high-pressure points in the series. "Yes, it is [the best I've seen as coach] - statistically the scorelines tell you that," Meninga said. "They've made some fantastic decisions under pressure defensively and come up with the right plays. Defence wins games. It holds true at Origin level as well.
"We haven't played all that well with the footy. I'd suggest they haven't played all that well with the footy as well. I'd like to see a more expansive game but that can only happen if the ruck is sped up."
Johnathan Thurston had a late setback with a cork in training but took part in the final run and will take his place for his 30th Origin game. After a dismal lead-up to Origin II, when Queensland were nursing injuries to key players, a clean bill of health has been appreciated.
With the series already run and won, Meninga expects NSW to throw caution to the wind. He remains confident the Maroons can finally get their spark back and fight fire with fire.
"I'm hoping we can show our fans we can play footy," he said.
"I'm pretty sure with the pressure off NSW they'll throw the footy around and try to entertain the crowd. We want to play well."