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Qld's Marsh laughs off Origin Blues

By Wayne Heming 15/05/2008 05:51:37 PM Comments (0)

Queensland Origin bolter PJ Marsh says NSW can fire as many barbs and bullets as they like at the Maroons ahead of Wednesday night's hostilities in Sydney.

The Queensland camp has so far ignored the Blues efforts to engage them in a war of words after they labelled Kempsey-born star Greg Inglis and Sydney-born sensation Israel Folau "traitors" for pulling on Maroon Origin jumpers when both were born south of the Tweed.

In the latest Blues barrage NSW forward intimidator Paul Gallen said he was sick and tired of hearing how Queensland had more passion for Origin than the Blues, vowing to have "one thousand times" more passion than the Queenslander's on Wednesday night.

"You just listen to all the talk. Both sides give a little bit here and there. That's what Origin is about I suppose," Marsh said.

While the Gladstone-born hooker conceded some players may get wounded enough to "return fire" in his case - he "couldn't really care less" what they said about him.

"At the end of the day I can't hit any harder or run any faster than I'm going to do just because someone calls me a name or something," he said.

"Everyone's got their flaws.

"I'm sure if someone wanted to say something about me they could come up with a few things ... and they'd probably be true.

"But as long as they're not questioning your parentage or something like that, and I've never come across anyone who has done that and I don't think anyone would get that personal."

Asked if he'd like to fire a salvo of his own at the Blues, he laughed and said: "I don't need to give them any more ammo to run at me, they're go to anyway, because I'm the smallest bloke on the field."

Marsh was not mentioned in discussions as a possible utility replacement for Shaun Berrigan after a rib injury interrupted his impressive start to the 2008 season.

"I was definitely surprised," he said from Queensland's training base at Sanctuary Cove.

"I thought it was a case of out of sight, out of mind after missing a few games.

"But they've obviously seen me play Origin before and I'd like to think I did the job back then in 2002 when we won the series."

Marsh may be the smallest player in Queensland's team but his defence against bigger opponents is one of the reasons he was selected to replace Berrigan.

"I defend in the middle and that's where it all happens these days," he said.

"I'm not naturally gifted like a lot of these blokes I just pride myself on working hard and training hard.

"It is a compliment for sure to be picked to play the Shaun Berrigan role.

"Your toughest critic is normally yourself and often over the years I've always talked myself down or agreed why someone else should have been there.

"But that's not the case any more.

"My wife is always into me saying 'take it you've been doing well' and she's right.

"That's the way it is, they chose me and I'm going to do a job next Wednesday night hopefully."

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