Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Gagai Overcomes Quad Complaint

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Gagai Overcomes Quad Complaint

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ORIGIN: First-game hero Dane Gagai has declared himself ready to rip into his third State of Origin game against New South Wales at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday after giving his strained quad a serious test over the weekend.

The Newcastle speedster entered camp on Tuesday in considerable pain and uncertain of being able to take his place on the left wing.

But after five days of intensive treatment, including the use of an ice machine, he was able to run at near top-pace during an opposed training session at Sanctuary Cove in front of an enthusiastic crowd of onlookers as coach Kevin Walters ran some rehearsed plays.

"I didn't hit top speed but I got up to a decent speed and it didn't cross my mind at all," said Gagai confirming his decision to play after North Queensland's Kyle Feldt had trained in his wing spot all week.

"All the pain and soreness is gone, but I'll keep getting treatment until game day now and it would 100 per cent.

"I wasn't just going to go out to play for Queensland if it didn't feel right. …

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