Hess to hit hard and early

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRAVIS MEYN

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.

Ma­roons rookie Coen Hess.

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