Queensland fans issued warning about Spencer Leniu ahead of State of Origin 3 at Suncorp

The NSW forward has been wreaking havoc in the Origin arena and isn't going to back down.

Blues menace Liam Martin has backed rampaging forward Spencer Leniu to repeat his barnstorming success in State of Origin as the Blues look to win a rare decider at Suncorp. The Blues forwards were particularly dominant during their 38-18 Game 2 victory over a hapless Maroons outfit in Melbourne. The likes of Angus Crichton, Payne Haas, Martin and Leniu continually battered the Maroons defence for 80 minutes.

Slater has avoided mass changes to his forward pack and is relying on the veteran players to stand up at home in front of a raucous Suncorp crowd to overturn the domination. However, Blues back-rower Martin has claimed Leniu is ready to rip into the Maroons again after his first two tastes of Origin footy.

Spencer Leniu's (pictured left) teammates have backed him to take it to the Maroons at Suncorp. (Getty Images)
Spencer Leniu's (pictured left) teammates have backed him to take it to the Maroons at Suncorp. (Getty Images)

"That's him, he fires himself up and wants people to fire him up," Martin said of Leniu's potential at Suncorp. "We call him fireball because he gets going and it's awesome to play alongside - it's not so fun to be up against.

"We were into him before, asking if the next time he plays us (at Penrith) can you run at 'Romey' (Jarome Luai). It (the Suncorp crowd) won't faze him and it will probably drive him on a bit. He is that kind of player that will lift the intensity and that's why we love him and love playing with him."

Leniu played 23 minutes in the Blues' Game 1 loss, but ran for 113 metres and made nine tackle breaks. In the Game 2 win, Leniu ran for 85 metres and was a force off the bench.

Against the Dragons on the weekend, Leniu was devastating having charged from the kick-off to barge through a number of defenders in the Roosters' 42-12 win. And his former club teammate has backed him to use the crowd as momentum in the decider.

"When you carry like that off every kick-off and the crowd's getting behind you, you can do whatever you want, he was certainly loving it," Isaah Yeo said. "I actually hadn't seen that side of him before, you could just see he was loving the moment."

The Blues have not won a decider at Suncorp since 2005. The Maroons will be betting on a boisterous home crowd to lift their battle-hardened veterans over the line. Coach Slater was adamant he picked the best 17 players to do the job at home as he relies on veterans such as Daly Cherry-Evans, Ben Hunt and Kurt Capewell to lift and bounce back from the 20-point beatdown in Melbourne.


And while it is approaching 19 years since the Blues won a decider at Suncorp, Martin feels the team has the momentum to cause an upset. "It's an incredible challenge, but I think with the playing group we've got, we're really embracing and looking forward to it," Martin said.

"When we first came into camp one of the things we talked about was making memories together. ...We've all got one another's back and we don't take a backward step. We won't be pushed around, we'll be chasing the physicality and just doing whatever it takes as a team."

Spencer Leniu during a game.
Spencer Leniu (pictured) has been a standout during the 2024 Origin series.