Halves urged to bring out sting in side


BRISBANE: Queensland’s misfiring halves have been urged to spark their side to life and avoid a rare State of Origin whitewash.
New South Wales can seal the most one-sided series in Origin history and their first 3-0 result since 2000 with victory tonight at Gold Coast’s Cbus Super Stadium.
Penrith halves Jarome Luai and Nathan Cleary had done the damage in a combined 76-6 scoreline across the first two games, but injuries have robbed them of a chance to finish the job.
Instead Mitchell Moses and Jack Wighton will steer the Blues.
Maroons playmakers Daly Cherry-Evans and Cameron Munster have struggled this year though, Queensland mustering just one try in two games and looking uncertain close to the line.
Asked about the Blues’ fresh halves pairing, coach Paul Green wanted to be sure his men were well placed to exploit what could be a rare crack in their armour.
“For us to function well as a team both those guys need to play well, they’re key positions in any team,” Green said.
“So it’s not a case of targeting them (Wighton and Moses), we need to make sure our game’s on.
“We’ve created opportunities in both games and I know people look at the score and think that’s a bit of a ridiculous statement, but it’s not the case.
“We just didn’t turn them into points and weren’t able to put any sort of scoreboard pressure on.
“It’s about taking those big opportunities, in games like Origins, grand finals, semis, you don’t get too many so when you do you need to take them.” – Yahoo Sports Australia