Maroons prop Wallace takes aim at critics

Laine Clark
Jarrod Wallace was criticised for his Origin I performance but has vowed to do more in Sydney

Under-fire Queensland prop Jarrod Wallace has taken aim at his critics, saying they "look at stats and don't watch games".

But the maligned Gold Coast front-rower has vowed to bounce back to his best in Sunday's must-win State of Origin game two in a bid to silence the knockers for good.

Wallace is under pressure to keep his spot after coach Kevin Walters gave the forward a "second chance" following his much-criticised game one display.

The Titans workhorse copped flak when critics pointed to his match stats in the 22-12 game one loss to NSW in Melbourne. He made 43m from just five carries according to

While disappointed with his "standard" in the series-opener, Wallace believes the heavy criticism he copped was unwarranted.

"The media obviously just look at stats and don't watch games," he told

Teammate Gavin Cooper backed Wallace's stance.

"A lot of journos just look at the stats and think they know how somebody went," Cooper said.

"There is a lot more to footy than just a couple of numbers next to your name ... but it makes for a good story.

"Personally I don't look at metres gained, as long as you played your part in the team, that is all we are looking at."

Wallace, however, admitted he would need to lift his game in Origin II at ANZ Stadium as Queensland try to keep the series alive.

"I don't look too much at that (match stats) because there was a lot of stuff off the ball but it's not a standard I would like to hold," he said.

"I like my work rate being high. I am hoping to build on that going into game two for sure.

"I will make sure my performance is better in game two, make sure I am demanding the ball more and getting those runs."

Cooper expected Wallace to answer his critics on Sunday.

"Knowing J-Wal he may have taken it (criticism) to heart a bit so he will be out there to defend himself and play better," Cooper warned.