Blues vs Maroons : Cleary is attempting to recover in time from an ankle sprain, while Sims will fight to overturn a dangerous contact charge at the NRL judiciary on Tuesday. David Klemmer was overlooked despite his successful return from a wrist injury over the weekend, although Fittler confirmed he had been placed on standby, should Sims be banned.
The St George Illawarra backrower was set to face a two-game suspension, but will fight a grade two charge for dangerous contact after a late shot on Cowboys’ Michael Morgan from Friday night’s match.
New South Wales coach Brad Fittler was left looking like a genius as NSW humiliated Queensland 38-6 in a history-making thumping in Perth.
Maroons’ coach Kevin Walters was left looking like a broken man.
The Queensland mentor broke his own golden rule of refusing to mention the opposition this campaign after admitting his team was bullied off the park in Perth.
The clearly frustrated coach lost all sense of decorum as he made no attempt to hide his temper — or his foul language — in his post match press conference.
It’s off to Perth for the all-important Origin II, with Optus Stadium serving as a neutral venue after the Maroons claimed the series opener on June 5 at Suncorp Stadium.
The equation is simple: the Blues must win to keep the series alive heading to Sydney for game three, while the Maroons are out to clinch their 12th series in 14 years.
Game over and that was a belting and then some. Complete domination from NSW, Brad Fittler justified in every selection he made and the stars were many and varied. Tom and Jake Trbojevic brilliant for the Blues and they carry all of the momentum into the series decider coming up at Suncorp Stadium.
NSW playmaker James Maloney knows what it’s like for his side to be pegged as being as being almost unbeatable favourites – only to taste bitter defeat.
And with the Blues on the verge of winning back-to-back State of Origin titles for the first time since 2005, he’s adamant there’s been no evidence of players appearing self-satisfied in camp.