Da­ley takes stock of Sun­corp hoodoo ... doesn’t rate it

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - DEAN RITCHIE

NSW will have to write his­tory and over­come a Sun­corp Sta­dium hoodoo to win back the State of Ori­gin shield.

The Blues have not won back- to- back State of Ori­gin games at Sun­corp Sta­dium in 20 years but coach Lau­rie Da­ley has de­clared: “It cer­tainly doesn’t hold any fears.”

NSW last won con­sec­u­tive matches at the fa­mous sta­dium back in 1997 and 1998.

Since then, all Blues tories have been one- offs.

The cru­sade to end their Sun­corp curse, and with it Queens­land’s Ori­gin dom­i­nance, will con­tinue to­day when Da­ley names an un­changed line- up for the de­cider, despite in­jury con­cerns.

NSW won game three 8- 6 in the 1997 se­ries at Sun­corp vic- be­fore back­ing up with a 26- 10 game one vic­tory in 1998.

Af­ter win­ning two of their past five Sun­corp matches, in­clud­ing a com­pre­hen­sive 28- 4 in Ori­gin I, Da­ley said the Blues were not daunted.

“It’s actually ex­cit­ing to go up there and have the op­por­tu­nity to try and win it on their home ground,” he said.

Af­ter a smooth run in the first two games of the se­ries, the Blues have in­jury con­cerns ahead of nam­ing an ex­tended squad this morn­ing with ques­tions around cap­tain Boyd Cord­ner ( calf), James Tedesco ( an­kle), Josh Du­gan ( knee), Jack de Belin ( calf) and Tyson Frizell ( ribs/ back/ an­kle).

Tedesco was ruled out of Wests Tigers’ win over New­cas­tle yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Cord­ner and Frizell are pre­sent­ing the most con­cerns.

Da­ley said Blues’ med­i­cal staff will as­sess all five play­ers when they go into camp to­day.

Pen­rith’s Trent Mer­rin and Matt Moy­lan, Manly’s Tom Tr­bo­je­vic and Mel­bourne’s Jor­dan McLean are on standby for any with­drawals.

Should Cord­ner be ruled out, Wade Gra­ham would come into the start­ing XIII with prop Aaron Woods the new skip­per.

Blues skip­per Boyd Cord­ner.

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