Dane Gagai is not that good at Origin

Said no one ever.

Come on, seriously.

Whenever this bloke puts on a QLD jersey, he grows a leg.

Admittedly, he played outside some of the games best when he was first making his way in the Origin arena, but now he's just a bonafide star in his own right.

Wednesday night's origin opener was Gagai's 14th appearance for the Maroons.

In those 14 appearances, Gagai has 11 tries.

Remember too in 2017, Gagai was awarded the Wally Lewis medal, voted as the player of the series.

Not to diminish his ability when he runs out for the Bunnies, but there is obviously something about the Maroon jersey that gets Dane Gagai going.

Gagai is 29 years old, so he's probably got another 4-5 years perhaps of his best football, maybe something like that?

Even if his form tails off, he should be given a golden ticket, ala Willy Wonka, where he just gets selected.

What about on Wednesday night when he shrugged off Jack Wighton - you know him, the Dally M medal winner - then turned James Tedesco inside out and put Xavier Coates over in the corner.


Truth is, having someone around like Dane Gagai to look after this new breed of origin players, particularly our young backline is bloody ideal.

I don't think I am taking it too far to suggest he's been one of the best in QLD's history. If you just look at what he's done purely on the Origin field, it would be hard to argue wouldn't it?

He's just simply made of different stuff, he'll be the type of guy to come back to the Maroons camp and lend a hand.

But while we've got him wreaking havoc against the Blues, let's appreciate it.

This bloke is an absolute star.

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