Blues prop Paul Vaughan says he perfectly understands the importance of maintaining momentum from the bench in Origin and the different preparation required should he be asked to fill that crucial role again in the Holden State of Origin decider.
The Blues dominated the early stages of game one with David Klemmer and Vaughan starting but Queensland wrested it back through the game, particularly once Klemmer's 52-minute spell came to an end.
In game two, Jake Trbojevic, Daniel Saifiti and Dale Finucane started powerfully before a sensational stint off the bench from Vaughan maintained the rage as the Blues steamrolled Queensland to force a decider in Sydney.
Vaughan deftly evaded questions around whether he would in fact start Origin III from the bench, as reported by NRL.com on Monday, but was happy to elaborate on what the different role would mean for him if it eventuated.
"With the starters, in game one I thought we started really well with me and Klem," Vaughan told NRL.com.
"Then in game two I thought the boys started really well with Saifiti and Dale with Jake then the boys came off the bench and held that momentum if not shifted it a bit more to our favour.
"It's definitely a massive play. Our 17 is really strong, I don't think it has many weaknesses. It's obviously a great advantage to have a strong bench."
Vaughan has started two Origins and come off the bench in his other three and said there is definitely a different mindset involved in the two roles.
"I think you prepare differently when you start to when you come off the bench," he said.
"In the warm up you know you have to finish that then come straight into the game (if you're starting) but if you come off the bench you can't get too pumped up because then you've still got 20 minutes or so until you get into the game so you have to ease your way in.
"You do prepare a bit differently for each role."