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NSW expect Queensland backline changes

By Todd Balym 05/06/2008 08:12:02 PM Comments (0)

NSW winger Anthony Quinn has revealed the Blues are expecting Queensland to make positional changes to their star-studded backline after their lifeless showing in Origin I.

Boasting a backline with some of the hottest talent in the game, Queensland were unable to produce any real attacking threats against NSW in Origin I.

NSW centre Mark Gasnier embarrassed his opponent Greg Inglis, while Quinn outplayed Brent Tate and Matt Cooper had the better of Justin Hodges.

Queensland have made two forced changes from their Origin I side with Hodges out with suspension and Karmichael Hunt moved to the bench for skipper Darren Lockyer's return from injury.

Winger Tate was named centre and Darius Boyd given his debut on the wing, but Quinn isn't confident he'll square off with the Queensland rookie as the Blues expect further backline manoeuvering by the Maroons to suit Lockyer's style.

The Blues believe Queensland could opt to separate towering Melbourne teammates Inglis and Israel Folau from the right hand side, giving them key attacking weapons on either side of the field.

"I don't think we're too sure where they're going to play all their outside backs," said Quinn.

"We'll have to just prepare to defend them all I think.

"I think the coaching staff might have a fair idea of what is going to go on and I'm sure they will let us know closer to the day.

"I think with Lockyer coming into the side I think he adds that little bit more to them and they might change their style more to how Lockyer plays a little bit."

Lockyer's comeback will also add another kicking option to the Maroons lineup and Quinn says the Blues back three are prepared for the variety that comes off the Brisbane star's left foot.

But even after his own two-try heroics on debut in Origin I, Quinn admits he will still be a little edgy wearing the sky blue in enemy territory next week.

"I don't think you can ever feel comfortable out there," he said.

"With the players I've got around me and the calibre of players they are I still feel like a rookie even though I'm 25."

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