Papalii, 30, doesn’t thoughts being known as a father determine of a Maroons ahead pack headed by 22-year-old Tino Fa’asuamaleaui.
“It felt like yesterday that it was Matt Scott, Nate Myles doing it to me,” he mentioned.
“These recollections final for a very long time and it felt like that in Sydney … to take a seat round [in the dressing room after fulltime] and embrace it, cherish that second.
“You by no means know when it’s your final camp, so I’m simply soaking all of it in. I simply hope I play a bit higher in Perth.”
Papalii acknowledged NSW’s mass modifications as an indication they’ll explode from kick-off, heightening the significance of his function within the opening exchanges.
“They’ll be determined; they’ve picked that crew for a motive, a must-win sport for them,” he mentioned.
“They’ll wish to stamp some authority and lock it up … they’ll come out fairly fiery and it’s an enormous job to begin effectively and hopefully we are able to try this.
“(With Cotter injured) we’ve acquired to chunk down on the mouthguard, chip in and assist one another out.”