Wallace to silence critics: Qld's Gillett

Polarising Queensland Origin prop Jarrod Wallace is keeping a low profile before game two in Perth.
Polarising Queensland Origin prop Jarrod Wallace is keeping a low profile before game two in Perth.

A media ban has been slapped on maligned Queensland prop Jarrod Wallace ahead of his State of Origin recall in Sunday's game two in Perth.

And Maroons teammate Matt Gillett reckons that is just what the recalled forward needs as he looks to silence his critics.

Wallace was dropped for Queensland's series-opening win after a quiet start for NRL club Gold Coast Titans and copping criticism for his 2018 Origin efforts.

Injuries to Joe Ofahengaue (knee) and Jai Arrow (ankle) opened the door for Wallace's return.

Yet the Titans workhorse was a no show at the Queensland's team's media session this week, with Maroons officials later confirming Wallace would not be fronting reporters ahead of the game.

Maroons back-rower Matt Gillett agreed that ideally every player would have spoken to the media but believed it was the right approach for Wallace as he focused on an Origin comeback.

"I think that is the greatest thing Jarrod could have done this week," he said.

"After missing out on game one and with a short preparation this week, Jarrod just needs to come in and do his job on Sunday.

"He doesn't have to worry about what everyone else is doing or what is happening in the outside world - for Jarrod he has to simplify things by not talking."

Wallace came under fire for his 2018 display as starting prop, managing just 52m in game one and 43m in Origin II before producing 82m after being relegated to the bench for the dead rubber.

Media were keen to find out how he hoped to turn his Origin form around following his recall.

However, the only interview Wallace has done in the lead-up has been via the Queensland Rugby League website.

Gillett backed Wallace to simply let his footy do the talking this week.

"Personally I think Jarrod will play better footy without all those other distractions," he said.

"He's back in the team now and he needs to focus on what he can do well for the side, just worry about footy so he will do a lot better.

"No doubt he will tall after the game but for him it is about him focusing on his role for this side."

For the record, Gillett believed Wallace would finally answer his knockers in what will be his sixth Origin.

"He's come in through injury but it his jersey to lose now," he said.

"He needs to show what it means to him to represent Queensland."

Australian Associated Press