Mor­ris: Let’s wrap it up to avoid a nerve-jan­gling de­cider

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - MICHAEL CARAYANNIS

WED­NES­DAY’S Ori­gin match may not be a de­cider but the Blues are treat­ing it as a se­ries-defin­ing game, ac­cord­ing to winger Brett Mor­ris.

NSW are aware of what awaits them should they stum­ble at ANZ Sta­dium. A game-three show­down in Brisbane, which will dou­ble as Johnathan Thurston’s and pos­si­bly Cooper Cronk’s Ori­gin farewell will be a mon­u­men­tal task for the Blues to over­come should Queens­land draw level.

“We have the men­tal­ity that we want to win this game of footy,” Mor­ris said.

“The last thing we want to do is go up there and play in front of a packed Sun­corp (Sta­dium) with those guys hav­ing re­tire­ments.

“We have been part of games in the past where blokes have re­tired and they lift.’’

Lead­ing 1-0 in the se­ries is not the only ad­van­tage the Blues have against their coun­ter­parts.

Mor­ris said be­ing able to fea­ture an un­changed side has helped with prepa­ra­tions, while Queens­land made seven changes.

“Com­ing into game two with an un­changed side makes things a lit­tle eas­ier,” he said. “We can start train­ing a bit quicker and get through what we need to get through a bit quicker.’’

In 2014, an in­jury in game one forced Mor­ris to the side­lines for the re­main­der of the se­ries. While he was still part of a win­ning squad, he wants to fea­ture in the match which could de­cide the se­ries.

“It would be a ca­reer high­light,” Mor­ris said.

“I was at game two and game three (in 2014). It was still a great ex­pe­ri­ence. I would have rather been out there on the field.

“There is no re­gret. There is that feel­ing that it would have been much bet­ter to be out there and part of it but I was still do­ing the vic­tory lap with the boys.”

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