The Maroons are still solid favorites (currently $1.67 with bookies) but have blown from an early short quote of $1.38. They are in unfamiliar waters where they are faves and all the pressure is on them to perform in front of a very expectant howling mob totalling 97 IQ points. The Blues meanwhile have carefully selected on form and have the pack to dominate the play. Thurston will be the crucial player on whose Qld's hopes will depend but he won't get the time tonight. Blues by 10.