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Maroons won't ring the changes

By Wayne Heming 22/05/2008 06:41:25 AM Comments (0)

Queensland won't over-react to their disappointing performance in the State of Origin series opener to NSW, selectors' chairman Des Morris said.

Morris described Queensland's efforts as "bad" from such a talented team but did not forecast too many changes for the return clash in Brisbane on June 11.

"It's a bad performance from this particular side but we can improve a lot on what we did tonight" Morris said.

"We didn't deserve to win and the score probably flattered us a bit as well.

"They got us in a couple of areas but we'll learn from that."

Morris was anticipating another push for Gold Coast halfback Scott Prince to be called up for Origin II but said Karmichael Hunt had done the job he was picked to do as Darren Lockyer's replacement No.6.

"I don't think any fair minded person would say K (Hunt) caused us to play the way we did or caused our defeat.

"His defence was strong which was the reason he was in there and I thought he had a pretty good game to be honest."

Morris shared the view of Queensland forwards Petero Civoniceva and Cameron Smith that NSW "jumped the gun" in defence.

"It will be interesting to see if the penalties this weekend correspond with the penalties tonight.

"We don't want to be blaming the referee either. Their tactics were in the paper that they were going to shut us down and they did a very good job.

"Our time with the ball was cut down by their defence and Johnathan Thurston was hampered a fair bit.

"We'll have a look at it and have a talk to (coach) Mal (Meninga) and come up with a plan to counteract the defensive effort they put in.

Injured Queensland captain Darren Lockyer baulked at suggestions of a rushed comeback after watching the Maroons loss.

Queensland missed Lockyer's experience as they wandered away from 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 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 had clean up surgery on 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 them back, but not tonight".

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