State of Origin Game 3 Live : “We don’t have to worry about Mitch winning the game for us (on Wednesday), but he’ll have a big hand in it if we do win the game,” Stuart told NRL 360.
“I feel sorry for Mitch, he’s copped a lot of criticism over the years. Basically, he’s the one that has had to carry the load of us losing a lot of Origin games against, well you’ll never ever seen a greater Origin era or period or team than the one he had to play against.
“There were a number of series there we were winning but then (didn’t) and Mitch has to carry the burden of that.
Fittler announced last week NSW has decided to ditch its regular pre-game warm-up in the dressing rooms and will instead venture across Sydney Olympic Park to the new centre of excellence athletics track in the final hour before the start of the game.
The Blues will then use a tunnel beneath the bowels of ANZ Stadium to travel straight from the running track oval across to the eastern side of the stadium.
NSW has gone all out for the effort, decorating the tunnel with iconic memorabilia and tribute pieces to NSW legends, including Andrew Johns, Laurie Daley and Fittler.
The tunnel has not been used since the Sydney 2000 Olympics where athletes also used to warm up on the external track before walking through the tunnel to the Olympic venue.
New South Wales Blues
1. James Tedesco 2. Blake Ferguson 3. Tom Trbojevic 4. Jack Wighton 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. James Maloney 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Daniel Saifiti 9. Damien Cook 15. David Klemmer 11. Boyd Cordner (c) 12. Tyson Frizell 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Dale Finucane 10. Paul Vaughan 16. Cameron Murray 17. Wade Graham 18. Clint Gutherson
1. Cameron Munster 2. Corey Oates 3. Michael Morgan 4. Will Chambers 5. Dane Gagai 6. Corey Norman 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (c) 8. Joe Ofahengaue 9. Ben Hunt 10. Josh Papalii 11. Felise Kaufusi 17. David Fifita 13. Josh McGuire 14. Moses Mbye 15. Christian Welch 16. Tim Glasby 18. Ethan Lowe
Gould is “bothered” by the decision because it could all go pear-shaped if Queensland is able to exploit the fact that any delay to the scheduled kick-off time would leave NSW players standing around with nothing to do.