Origin LIVE: Munster’s wake-up call for NSW rookie; Freddy warns Blues over big change
Queensland five-eighth Cameron Munster remains tight-lipped on the final make-up of the Maroons side but has a warning for his opposite number from the rival Blues.
Meanwhile, Brad Fittler had a warning of his own for New South Wales.
Read on for all the latest Origin news in our LIVE blog.
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QLD MIND GAMES AS MUNSTER PLANS TO UNSETTLE LUAI
Cameron Munster has confirmed he is ready to go for the State of Origin opener but that does not mean the mind games in Queensland camp wont continue.
Munster was in doubt with a foot injury which he revealed almost required surgery.
I did have scans on it to see if I needed to get surgery at all and if I did I would probably have been out for 6-8 weeks, he said to media on Friday.
Im very lucky I didnt need to do it.
I kept it pretty tight-lipped at the start, I wasnt quite sure which way it was going to go. I only trained Saturday and Sunday last week, that was the first time Id ran in two weeks.
It was 50-50, but somehow the physios got me up and Im very lucky to have such good support staff at the club.
While the Storm five-eighth is fit to play, there are still question marks over Dane Gagai (illness) and AJ Brimson (knee).
Queensland will not finalise its 17-man line-up until an hour before kick-off and media were asked to leave training at Cbus Super Stadium after 10 minutes.
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Dane Gagais illness has added mystery to the Maroons line-up. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
It means everyone will be kept guessing what the final make-up of Paul Greens side will look like and Munster was not giving any real hints.
Im not quite sure on who is playing where to be honest, he said.
Attention then turned towards Munsters opposite man – Penriths Jarome Luai – who is yet to taste defeat this year after sitting out Friday nights 26-6 loss to the Tigers.
Munster revealed Queensland plan to unsettle Luai and warn he will quickly realise not everything goes your way in the Origin arena.
Im sure hell go there with a lot of confidence and play the game that he knows he can play, he said.
Weve got to nullify his time and space. Thats all you can do sometimes.
You can go out there and say everything you want to do but actions speak louder than words and we need to make sure we go out there and just make him realise how hard the Origin arena is.
FREDDYS BIG WARNING TO NSW OVER CRACKDOWN
Elsewhere at NSW camp, Payne Haas revealed Brad Fittlers big warning to his side ahead of Wednesdays series opener.
ARLC Chairman Peter Vlandys confirmed this week that the high-shot crackdown will continue throughout Origin, putting representative players on notice.
Payne Haas and Tino Faasuamaleaui clashed in last years series but the Broncos prop revealed he will be smart about using his aggression.
Weve spoke about it, he told reporters on Friday.
Freddy said we have to be disciplined next Wednesday because we cant afford to have someone off the field, well struggle if that happens and we need all 13 on there so we can go a long way to winning the game.
That does not mean that NSWs big men will be backing away from the battle, with both Haas and Blues debutant Liam Martin looking forward to a fierce contest.
Queensland hate us and weve got to hate them as well so it is like that, Haas added.
Both hate each other on the field and that is how it should be.
Martin, meanwhile, added: Definitely will be a bit of spice I reckon so looking forward to it.
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MURRAY REVEALS BLUES EDGE COMBINATIONS
Speaking of Martin, he is set to come off the bench with Cameron Murray and Tariq Sims starting on the edge.
As to who he could be popping a late offload for, Murray revealed he will running out alongside Nathan Cleary, Tom Trbojevic and Brian Too that while also addressing any doubts over his ability to make the switch away from lock.
Back row, a little bit different but Im not a stranger to it, he told foxsports.com.au on Thursday.
I played a lot of back row last year so I feel comfortable there. So for me its a matter of connecting with my edge, making sure were developing our combinations well, everyones talking and everyone fits in and knows their role so they can execute it as best as possible.
Cameron Murray will play on the edge. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
It means that Sims will line up with Jarome Luai, Latrell Mitchell and Josh Addo-Carr.
While the Blues side boasts the best the state has to offer, Murray is particularly excited to play alongside Cleary, who was the clear Dally M leader before voting went behind closed doors this year.
Its been a while since Ive played with Nathan Cleary, being on his edge, its pretty exciting especially seeing the footy hes been playing, he said.
As for the challenge to come in the next few days before the opener, Murray said: Next couple of days thats my main focus, making sure I feel as comfortable as possible.
Its a good edge and its a good team to be honest, he added.
Weve got a lot of talent across the park so Im pretty excited to be here with the best of the best of New South Wales.
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