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