Queensland eye Civoniceva send-off

Ahead of the State of Origin showdown against New South Wales on Wednesday, Queensland forward David Shillington has insisted the side want to give Petero Civoniceva a winning send-off (Queensland 4/7, draw 20/1, NSW 11/8 – Match Betting).

The series is delicately poised at 1-1 after New South Wales battled to a 16-12 victory over the Maroons last month in Sydney to set up a highly anticipated decider.

Queensland, who are going in search of their seventh straight series win over the Blues, will enjoy the advantage of playing at home on Wednesday when they two rivals meet in Brisbane, with a host of Australian (2/7 – World Cup 2013 Outright) internationals set to take part.

In what is set to be another physical and entertaining clash at the Suncorp Stadium, Shillington is hoping he and his team-mates will be able to give veteran forward Civoniceva, who is set for a final game in the Maroon shirt, a happy swansong.

He said: “We hold enormous respect for him. Just as Locky (Darren Lockyer) deserved a winning farewell last year, so does Petero.

“It’s definitely at the forefront of our minds. We have looked up to him for so many years – we want to send him out a winner.”

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