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Origin II not on Steve Price's radar

By Todd Balym 22/05/2008 06:27:15 PM Comments (0)

Queensland veteran Steve Price says he is not even thinking about a possible return for State of Origin II next month.

Price has not played since his unfortunate hamstring injury in round one and, although he resumed full training with the New Zealand Warriors this week, the 34-year-old is unsure when he will make his NRL return.

He denied a shock comeback is on the cards for Sunday's clash with the Sydney Roosters and said the June 11 Origin clash at Suncorp Stadium was not on his radar.

If Price does not play on Sunday he has only the Newcastle game on May 31 before Queensland name their Origin II side on June 3.

"My main focus is just getting fit and trying to get back on the footy field," Price told AAP.

"If you ask me about June 11, that's a fair way away and a lot of things have to happen between now and then.

"My picture is a lot bigger than worrying about getting ready for a second State of Origin.

"If I was playing (NRL) and playing well enough and confident in my playing I would love to be there.

"I'm not sure whether I will get a game in before then."

Price's defensive pressure was sorely missed for Queensland in the 18-10 shock loss to NSW at ANZ Stadium.

Renowned as one of the best harassers of kickers in the game, Price said there was absolutely nothing the Maroons could have done to apply more pressure to rookie Blues halfback Peter Wallace.

"They were just outstanding, weren't they NSW," said Price.

"They were so intense and there wasn't one bad player for NSW, their attitude was outstanding.

"(NSW) were in good field position and (Wallace) was always kicking off the back of a good play-the-ball and it doesn't matter how good kick pressure you put on, when you're up against that it's always going to be tough.

"It was a very controlled game by the whole NSW team and (Wallace) certainly played his role really perfectly.

"It was quite unbelievable to think that was his first game and the manner he went about it, he looked like he's been out there many times.

"Queensland are behind the eight-ball but there's still another two games to go and the series is a three-game series so there's still every chance we can fight back and win the series.

"We have done it before, it has not been done too many times before but whenever there's hope and opportunity there's always a chance."

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