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Gillmeister sharpens Queensland right edge

By AAP Newswire

Queensland back-rower Felise Kaufusi knows what is coming in Wednesday's State of Origin game three in Brisbane.

And this time he reckons the Maroons know how to stop it.

Kaufusi says Queensland's right edge defence has been bolstered by extra sessions with Trevor "The Axe" Gillmeister as they brace for another onslaught from NSW's Josh Addo-Carr and Latrell Mitchell.

Kaufusi's right edge has been hammered by the Blues this series, with winger Addo-Carr and centre Mitchell causing havoc.

Speedster Addo-Carr and the destructive Mitchell are racing each other to become the third NSW player to score a try in all three matches of an Origin series behind Michael O'Connor (1988) and Ryan Girdler (2000).

It has prompted Queensland coach Kevin Walters to ask former Maroons skipper and tackling machine Gillmeister for extra assistance at their Gold Coast camp this week.

Kaufusi said the Maroons' right edge - also featuring winger Valentine Holmes and centre Will Chambers - were now confident they could cut down their NSW tormentors thanks to The Axe.

"The Axe does a lot of stuff with us (right edge) defensively and technique-wise he has been a massive help," he said after Thursday's training session.

"They have a lot of faster fellas with The Fox (Addo-Carr) and Latrell Mitchell, and they've got footwork.

"So it is all about staying on your feet and making sure you are committed when you go in to tackle them.

"(Gillmeister) has been making sure I don't just throw my arm out and that I get my shoulder into them - if your shoulder goes through the rest will follow.

""He is massive to have around and I don't think Origin camp would be the same without his coaching."

It seemed the Maroons' right edge needed all the help it could get.

Kaufusi bounced back from a nightmare Origin debut in game one where he missed seven tackles to rattle off 33 without missing in the Maroons' game two loss.

But Chambers has been terrorised by Mitchell this series, missing eight tackles in the series opener alone.

He missed another three in Origin II while also forced to make 19 tackles.

In an indication of how much NSW have targeted Queensland's right edge, the Maroons' left winger Valentine Holmes only had to make two tackles in game two.

"They did (target right edge) and they scored a couple of tries which we are not happy about as an edge and hopefully we can try and limit that," Kaufusi said.

"I pride myself on going out there and making my tackles.

"We've got to try and front up and stop them."

Addo-Carr and Mitchell will hope to combine again to propel the Blues to their first series whitewash since 2000.