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Wallace still the same dude, says Sim

By Wayne Heming 26/05/2008 04:26:54 PM Comments (0)

Peter Wallace rocked up for Broncos training on Monday without a hint of a big head after his wonderful State of Origin debut for NSW in Sydney.

Wallace, who handled the pressure of playing halfback for the Blues with aplomb, copped the expected ribbing from his Brisbane teammates after the game.

But like Queensland's efforts to unsettle him last Wednesday night, it was water off a duck's back to the super cool red-headed No.7.

"He's a pretty grounded dude," said teammate Ashton Sims, who's looking to get his game back on track against Parramatta on Friday night.

"He's come back exactly the same.

"We all went and had lunch the next day (after NSW's 18-10 win) and he told us a couple of stories about Andrew Johns helping him in camp.

"It's great for him.

"He's developed into a really good NRL player week in and week out and it's a credit to him to make the NSW team.

"I've become really good friends with him and he hasn't changed one bit.

"I'm really happy to see him doing so well and I really think he's got bigger and better things to come."

Wallace was heavily involved in Monday's exhausting 90 minute session after the players were given an extended break over the weekend because of Brisbane's NRL bye.

"It was a good session," said Sims, who feels his game has been a little down in the past few weeks.

"Things got a little physical out there which can happen after a few days off training.

"Blokes come back fresh and fired up.

"The Origin boys have come back with a real spring in their step.

"Blokes like Benny Hannant and Pete Wallace, it really helped them."

Sims said all the players had to do a little more so the Origin players didn't feel they had to do it all.

"The last few weeks I've been a bit low on my form and I'm looking to resurrect that this weekend," he said.

"I won't be going out there to do the big hits and the big runs, just a few little things in defence and in attack that I can improve on and wake up the next morning feeling I did a good job."

Sims said Parramatta had a side that could rip teams apart and warned forward Nathan Hindmarsh would be looking to answer his Origin omission.

"Hindmarsh will be out there looking for an Origin two spot and he's still one of the best back-rowers in the comp.

"He'll be looking for a big game to put his name back up there."

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