Morris’ return boosts Blues back three

NSW’s backline’s battle to match the yardage of their Queensland counterparts in State Of Origin II has been dramatically boosted by the return of Brett Morris.

The massive metres gained by the Maroons’ back three were a major factor in their Game I victory.

But with Canterbury fullback Brett Morris returning to the Blues’ wing for Wednesday’s Game II in Melbourne, NSW are confident of turning the tables.

Josh Morris has welcomed his twin brother’s addition to the Blues’ side for Daniel Tupou for the do-or-die MCG encounter.

“Brett is a big game player, he has played plenty of Origins, he has played plenty of Tests for Australia and he is a consistent performer at that level,” Josh Morris said.

“He gives the team a lot of confidence with his carries and that attacking threat. He certainly knows his way to the tryline as well.”

According to Fox Sports Stats, the Maroons’ back three of Billy Slater, Darius Boyd and Will Chambers gained 521m in Origin I, against the Blues’ tally of 339m from Tupou, Josh Dugan and Will Hopoate.

When coupled with the 275m gained from Queensland centres Greg Inglis and Justin Hodges, against the tally of 120m from Michael Jennings and Josh Morris for the Blues, the Queensland outside backs made a massive 796m compared to 459m from NSW.

Brett Morris was in sublime form for the Dogs at fullback early in the season before being struck down by a hamstring injury that forced him out of Game I.

His inclusion on the left wing for the Blues should make a huge difference in terms of working the ball out from their own end at the MCG.

“Brett played a lot of his career at the Dragons on the left so he is suited on that side,” Josh Morris said.

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