Hess to hit hard and early
THE Hess Express will arrive early at Suncorp Stadium, with the Maroons formulating a plan to unleash Queensland’s colossus on the Blues.
Coen Hess will make his second State of Origin appearance in Wednesday’s decider.
In his column yesterday in The Courier- Mail, former Maroons coach Mal Meninga challenged the Queensland bench to improve their performances in Game Three.
Interchange forwards Tim Glasby, Josh Papalii and Hess along with starting prop Jarrod Wallace had little impact in minimal minutes at ANZ Stadium.
After spending 57 minutes of his debut warming the bench, Hess is preparing for coach Kevin Walters to throw him into the furnace earlier.
“I guess I will have to be ( ready),” Hess said.
“When you run out on the field it’s obviously a very fast game.
“( Before Game Two, Walters) said to me it would depend on how things panned out but he wasn’t too sure when I would get on.
“Coming off the bench, it’s your responsibility to maintain what the starting pack have done.
“I guess there is a responsibility there to create an impact or spark so we will be doing that just making those carries and making sure the ruck is nice and tight.
“NSW had a lot of joy coming through the middle the last two games.”
Hess, 20, was a controversial selection for Origin II after Cowboys coach Paul Green warned selectors not to blood him too early. He was picked after just 22 NRL appearances and had scored a stunning 10 tries this season.