The message to Queensland prop Jarrod Wallace's critics is simple from ex-NSW rake Nathan Peats - back off.
But Peats believes Wallace will bounce back from his maligned State of Origin game two effort in Sunday's NRL clash with Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.
Wallace faces a nervous wait before the Queensland team for July 11's game three is named on Sunday night.
The Titans prop ran just 44m from four carries in the Maroons' 18-14 Origin II loss after only 43m from five hit-ups in their series-opening loss in Melbourne.
Wallace gets a final chance against the Tigers to impress Maroons selectors.
But Gold Coast teammate Peats reckoned Wallace didn't have to prove anything and asked for the media's "harsh" treatment to stop.
"Just back off and leave him alone," Peats said.
"People say why didn't he get the metres (like in the NRL) but Origin is a completely different game.
"To go off stats and say, 'He only made 40m' ... yeah, he would love to have more than than but ... he worked hard on defence and did everything he could.
"I don't know what more you want him to do.
"But he's ready to go this week. Hopefully, he puts in a big performance and they give him one more chance."
Titans coach Garth Brennan also expected Wallace to respond after welcoming back the prop to his squad.
"He wants to get back on the field and play some long minutes and some good football," he said.
"He has obviously been questioned with his Origin game so he is determined to get back out with his club side and play some good football."
Peats said no one doubted Wallace's work ethic at the Titans.
"Everyone knows how hard a worker he is. I think the media has been a bit harsh saying he is running crap metres," he said.
"I just don't think the (Maroons') game plan suited J-Wal's game the other day (game two).
"They were shifting and targeting down edges. The ball didn't get shifted to him at times but I thought he worked hard."
The 11th-placed Titans will look to keep in touch with the top eight with a win over the Tigers.
Brennan will take a 19-strong squad to Sydney to cover injury concerns, backrower Keegan Hipgrave (back) and centre Brenko Lee (hamstring).