The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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IT?S A VERY IMPORTANT GAME AT SALFORD THIS WEEK
It is. We were very disappointing last week. Some of the stuff we came up with was way below standard and we need to reinforce and show a few people that we are not quite as bad as that first half we served up at Hull.
There has been some soul searching this week and it?s been quite cleansing in a lot of respects but it?s pointless doing all the soul searching unless you act upon it. I think the recognition is there now and we need to act.
It?s a very tough place to go. They are a place behind us in the league ladder and the table doesn?t lie. They have been playing good football, have been tough and very methodical and their Coach has been really pleased with the way they have been going, so they will be confident going into this game.
With the link between the Coaching staffs we will know a lot about each other and there shouldn?t be too many surprises. You use words like desire, urgency and intensity and they have to come to fore now. They have put together a really good side. Dave Hodgson and Luke Robinson have been playing very well and the Hooker, Alker, has been going really good. Colley looks a good player in a very good, solid, workmanlike pack. Haggerty has given them a bit of biff and some go forward and Shipway in the back row and Rutgerson get them going. If you look right across their team you will see they have got players who have been there and done that, so to underestimate them would be folly.
IT?S A VERY IMPORTANT GAME AGAINST SALFORD, PARTICULARLY FOLLOWING THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF GOING OUT OF THE CUP AT HULL
It?s a big game and it?s one we want to win. They are playing very well and they are very good defensively. That isn?t a surprise given the quality of the coaching staff they have there. They are a well drilled team and will be a big test for us.
WERE YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR OWN GAME LAST WEEK?
I was pleased but I think I could have done a little bit more defensively. I was blamed for one of the tries and for me that?s not good enough. We were all disappointed with the way we played in the first half at Hull. The second half was better but it?s still not up to the standard that we require. We have trained really hard this week. We want to put things right and come away with a win on Friday but the good thing is the spirit in the camp is very good. That?s never been an issue.
Brian Noble has named the following 18 man squad for the game. New signing Ben Harris will arrive next week and so won?t figure: Ferres, Deacon, Cook, Fielden, Harris, Withers, Langley, Lynch, Parker, Paul, Peacock, Pratt, Pryce L, Pryce K, Radford, Reardon, Vagana, Vainikolo
Lesley Vainikolo, has now scored 89 tries in 93 appearances for the Bulls
Paul Deacon has kicked 67 goals from 87 attempts for an average of 77.01% and has now scored over 1500 career points
Iestyn Harris needs 6 points for a career total 2200
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