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With incumbent Blues five-eighth Shaun Timmins unavailable with a neck injury, many thought Hill would come into calculations for the NSW No.6 jersey despite missing the Storm?s win over Wests on Saturday night with a back injury.
But the selection of former Blues skipper Brad Fittler ? who yesterday made himself available for his first Origin match since 2001 ? has left Hill out of the side that will square off against Queensland at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday week.
Hill says he will be out to prove a point this Saturday night against Souths as the Storm looks to record its fifth consecutive win of the year.
?I definitely think I?ve got a point to prove this weekend so I?m really looking forward to it,? said Hill, who had declared himself fit for Origin II if selected.
?Obviously I?m disappointed but complaining and kicking up a stink won?t do any good, going out and having a good game this weekend is only going to prove whether the selectors have made a good decision or not.?
The 27-year-old is aware his selection chances might have suffered after missing last week?s win over the Tigers, but believes he was still a chance following the injury to Timmins and the selection of former Storm teammate Brett Kimmorley at halfback.
?Not playing on Saturday may have been a factor but I?ve got to put my club first, had I gone out and played only ten minutes and had a bad game because I was injured, well it probably wouldn?t have done me any good anyway,? Hill added.
?I thought I might have been a chance (for Origin), especially when Timmins got injured and with Brett being picked at halfback, we obviously have a pretty good combination. The way we went in the City/Country Origin game was a pretty good example of how we go together.
?But there?s no use me worrying about it, there?s nothing I can change, if that?s the decision the selectors want to make then that?s their decision.
?I?ll get on with things and am really looking forward to this weekend?s game against Souths.?
Smith retains the hooking role while Slater has again been named on the wing with Penrith fullback Rhys Wesser holding down the fullback position.