Skip­per in mood to at­tack

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - PETER BADEL TRAVIS MEYN

CAMERON Smith ad­mits he is let­ting Queens­land down and needs to lift for the de­cider with the Ma­roons skip­per mired in the worst at­tack­ing out­put of his 14- year Ori­gin ca­reer.

Rev­ered as the code’s great­est hooker, Smith has been muz­zled by NSW in the first two Ori­gin clashes, mak­ing just two runs and eight me­tres in 160 min­utes of ac­tion in this year’s se­ries.

In Game One at Sun­corp Sta­dium, Smith ( above), cel­e­brat­ing a mile­stone evening as the first player in Ori­gin his­tory to reach 40 games, made one run for one me­tre in Queens­land’s 28- 4 rout.

In the re­turn bout, Smith was thwarted again by the NSW de­fence, which re­stricted him to just one run for seven me­tres in Queens­land’s epic 18- 16 vic­tory at ANZ Sta­dium.

Now, with in­jured cham­pion Johnathan Thurston miss­ing from Queens­land’s play­mak­ing spine, Smith con­cedes he is un­der pres­sure to be more ef­fec­tive out of dummy- half in the Sun­corp de­cider.

Smith’s of­fen­sive num­bers this sea­son are the low­est of his 41- game Ori­gin ca­reer. In­cred­i­bly, they rep­re­sent a 90 per cent de­crease on his av­er­age run­ning me­tres at club level this sea­son for the Storm.

“I need to do more, there’s no doubt about that,” Smith said.

“I haven’t been that happy with my in­volve­ment, I want more in­volve­ment this game, par­tic­u­larly with our at­tack.

“It’s much more dif­fi­cult to get op­por­tu­ni­ties in Ori­gin. NSW’s de­fence has been very good in the first two games but I’d like to run the foot­ball a bit more ( in the de­cider).”

Smith pro­duced his best at­tack­ing ef­fort of the sea­son last Fri­day night in Mel­bourne’s 42- 12 drub­bing of the Bron­cos.

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