Blues to target Queensland rookies

NSW are making no secret of their intent to target Queensland rookies Dane Gagai and Will Chambers in Wednesday’s State of Origin decider.

Gagai will make his Origin debut at Suncorp Stadium, while Chambers will play his third interstate encounter.

Blues centre Josh Morris, who expects to line up opposite Chambers following Greg Inglis’ move to fullback, said NSW believe their can exploit the inexperience of the Melbourne star and Newcastle’s Gagai.

“I’m thinking I will be on Chambers, he is normally on the other side of the field so I guess we are both out of position, so we will look to expose him a few times hopefully,” Morris said at the Blues’ Coffs Harbour base on Sunday.

“They have got Gagai there and Chambers. Gagai is on debut and Chambers has only played two Origins.

“There certainly are players there that haven’t played in a series decider before, we can look to give them a hard night and put some pressure on them.”

The Blues had their final major hit out at Coffs Harbour on Sunday morning before flying to Brisbane on Sunday afternoon.

They have a day off on Monday, before their captain’s run on Tuesday.

Robbie Farah remains a 50/50 proposition to play. He trained with the side on Sunday, but in a limited capacity. In the time media were permitted to witness the Blues session, back-up hooker Michael Ennis trained at dummy -half.

“With all the plays. Mick seems to be on the same page with everyone now and that is really good if Robbie doesn’t play,” Morris said.

Alex McKinnon was a surprise guest at Blues training on Saturday, which provided the side with further inspiration ahead of Origin III.

“It is good to see Alex and how he is travelling and on the way to recovery,” Morris said.

“Just his positive outlook, it certainly inspires you and it was good to have his presence at training yesterday.”

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