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Lockyer unlikely for Origin II

By Wayne Heming 21/05/2008 11:18:26 PM Comments (0)

Injured Queensland captain Darren Lockyer has baulked at suggestions of a rushed comeback after watching the Maroons fall 18-10 to NSW in the opening State of Origin game in Sydney.

Queensland missed Lockyer's experience as they wandered away from coach Mal Meninga's game plan under intense pressure from a well prepared Blues outfit under rookie coach Craig Bellamy.

"My progress at this stage is I'm still not out there running yet," said Lockyer when the obvious question was thrust at him.

"Until I start back running, hopefully in the next week I won't know where I'm at.

"I'd love to (play in the second Origin) but if I can't, I can't.

Lockyer said the series was still well and truly alive and that Queensland had a lot of improvement in them.

"They showed plenty of ticker as they always do," said Lockyer who is recovering from surgery to clean-up his knee last week.

"Our ball control in the second half was pretty ordinary and we let them get away to too much of a head start.

"In previous series we've been able to pull then back, but not tonight."

Asked whether Scott Prince should be called up as five-eighth for Origin II in place of Karmichael Hunt, Lockyer opted not to comment.

"I'm not going to comment on that," he said.

"I thought K (Karmichael Hunt) was really good tonight, his defence was really good.

"In terms of selection, I'm not going to comment on that."

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