Guerra says friendship will mean nothing in Origin
QUEENSLAND forward Aidan Guerra has put his Roosters team-mate Mitchell Pearce on notice that friendships will count for nothing in Wednesday night's State of Origin series opener in Sydney.
While Guerra admitted he was thrilled that Pearce had won back his Blues jumper after being dumped from last year's series, he made it very clear if the playmaker was in his sights on Wednesday night he would show him no favours.
"As a mate I am happy for him, but as an opponent I'm not going to give him any special treatment," Guerra said.
With New South Wales set to unleash bruising forward Beau Scott on Queensland five-eighth Johnathan Thurston, as he did in last year's series and again when the Knights upset North Queensland earlier this season, Guerra acknowledged there was nowhere for players to hide in Origin.
"If you look up and there's a halfback in front of you, it's human nature to run at the little blokes," he said.
Origin is played under a different set of rules and Queensland's forwards will need to protect both Thurston and halfback Cooper Cronk who will come in for special treatment from the Blues hit men like Scott, and new boys Josh Jackson and David Klemmer.
"The brand of Origin football is different to what it is at club level. It's not about bending rules, it's about putting everything you have into everything you do," said Guerra.
"Sometimes it's a little bit harder than it is in club footy."
Guerra, who said coach Mal Meninga had instilled a sense of pride and passion in him before his Origin debut last year, said he knew what to expect this time around.
"The advice I got was just to go out and enjoy it, but be prepared for the toughest game of my life," he said.