Unpredictable Blues can hurt Qld: Maloney

NSW are banking on their inexperienced but unpredictable spine providing the key to an upset win in State of Origin III.

Jack Bird will likely partner James Maloney in the Blues halves for game three on Wednesday, after Adam Reynolds withdrew with a shoulder injury.

Matt Moylan, who was drafted into coach Laurie Daley’s 17 for Reynolds, is also an option.

Moylan is set to start from the bench, but regardless will spend some time in a frontline play-making role.

Maloney said on Thursday he believed the Maroons would be troubled by the unpredictability that Bird, Moylan and rookie fullback James Tedesco offer in attack.

“We are short on experience, some guys haven’t played a lot in the halves, but it can be a positive, it can bring some unpredictability,” he said.

“Both Birdy and Matty they play what they see, they are natural footballers, that can offer us another dimension there and throw some unexpected things at Queensland.”

“As for Teddy (Tedesco), it will be up to me to find some space for him.”

With Reynolds gone, Maloney conceded the onus for organising the Blues in attack would be mostly with him.

“From an organisational point of view a lot more will fall on my shoulders, it is more responsibility for me,” he said.

Maloney said the inclusion of Cronulla teammate Wade Graham would have its benefits for his own game.

“I know how he likes to play, we don’t have to do too much work,” he said.

“I have played with Jenko (Michael Jennings) before too. So there are little combinations in the side which are important.”

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