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Crocker set to lose his Maroon jersey

By Laine Clark and Steve Jancetic 03/05/2005 08:39:05 PM Comments (0)

Maroons enforcer Michael Crocker is in danger of losing his Queensland Origin jersey despite entering an early plea to the NRL judiciary.

The fiery Roosters second-rower was outed for two weeks and will miss matches against Newcastle and the New Zealand Warriors.

He will be available for selection for the opening Origin match in Brisbane on May 25.

But Roosters acting coach John Cartwright says the suspension, combined with the club's worst start since 2002, had cost Crocker any chance of adding to his four Origin matches.

"We are struggling form-wise at the moment and Croc hasn't had a lot of football this year so personally for him I think it will cost him an Origin jumper - it's a big blow for him and the club," said Cartwright, standing in for Roosters coach and NSW mentor Ricky Stuart while on City-Country duty.

"The (Origin) sides haven't been picked yet and normally the players in the sides come from winning teams so who knows how many we will get at the Origin.

(But) tough times bring out the best in tough people and I know the players we have here are tough people."

Queensland selector Des Morris didn't paint an optimistic picture for Crocker who was rubbed out for a high tackle in the Roosters' 38-18 defeat by North Queensland.

"It (Crocker's selection) all depends on how we are going with all the other players and what Queensland is left with in two weeks, after another two games," he said.

Crocker's Roosters and Queensland utility Chris Flannery hoped aloud the man known as "the Cranky Calf" would feature in Origin I.

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