WHAT THE PLAYERS AND ANALYSTS THOUGHT OF ORIGIN II
NSW SKIPPER PAUL GALLEN SPEAKS OF BEING IN INJURY TROUBLE WITH HIS RIBS.
“Nate got me early in the back and it didn’t hurt … probably about five or ten minutes later I felt something pop so I went and got it needled up. I lasted the game but I’ll see how it pulls up tomorrow.
NSW COACH LAURIE DALEY ENHANCED THE BAD NEWS ON GALLEN, ESPECIALLY FOR SHARKS FANS
“I think he popped a rib cartilage. The doctor thinks he will be OK for the next game but I’m unsure if he plays for Cronulla in between.”
DALEY ALSO HAD SOME BAD NEWS IN STORE FOR QUEENSLAND
“We didn’t play as well as we wanted to in game one, Queensland were too good. Tonight we knew we had to knuckle down to the task and we did that and it was a strong performance – but we know we can be a lot better.”
MAN OF THE MATCH MICHAEL JENNINGS FELT IT WAS THE BEST REPRESENTATIVE PERFORMANCE OF HIS CAREER
“Yeah, I can say that. And it’s good to get man of the match.
“We came into camp and my main focus was to get more ball in my hands – credit to Hodko (Trent Hodkinson). He has done a great job and I can’t thank him enough.”
HODKINSON GAVE THE LOVE STRAIGHT BACK
“Yeah, we gave Jenko a bit of ball … he’s outstanding on his feet. He terrorised their right side tonight. I thought Hoffy (Ryan Hoffman), Jenko and Brett (Morris) were all really good.”
MAROONS LEGEND PAUL VAUTIN DIDN’T LOVE THE QUEENSLAND DEFENCE
“The on the line defence tonight was very soft for Queensland.”
THE KEY BENEFICIARY OF THAT, AARON WOODS DIDN’T MIND
“The try was the best ever, I couldn’t believe I got over.”
QUEENSLAND CAPTAIN CAM SMITH STOPPED SHORT OF SAYING GREG INGLIS SHOULD HAVE HAD A TRY, BUT WILL AIM UP IN ORIGIN III
“It was a 50-50 call. I thought it (the ball) went backwards (off Nate Myles), but I’m wearing a Maroon jersey.
“We lost our way a couple of times. The effort’s been great but we have to fix some execution things.”