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Maroons wasting their breath: Bellamy

By Steve Jancetic 10/06/2008 02:33:54 PM Comments (0)

NSW coach Craig Bellamy is adamant his side did not use illegal tactics in game one and claims Queensland are wasting their breath trying to influence referee Tony Archer ahead of Wednesday night's second State of Origin match.

The Maroons were upset at the latitude given to the NSW markers in the Blues' 18-10 game one victory, believing it nullified much of the brilliance of Queensland hooker Cameron Smith.

Smith said he was hoping the ruck would be policed more diligently in game two at Suncorp Stadium Wednesday night, but Bellamy vowed to continue pressuring the Queensland skipper.

"We'll be very disappointed if they get their way ... Tony Archer's a very experienced referee, (referee's boss) Robert Finch has been through all this before," Bellamy said at the team's hotel on Tuesday morning.

"There's rules and there's key performance indicators that they talk about in the ruck and at markers.

"Obviously they're trying to influence the referee but I don't know why, they're wasting their breath to be quite honest.

"What we did in the first game, we were pretty happy with that.

"They're going to make some changes to try and do a little bit better there - it's just a matter of our guys being aware and working hard."

The Blues will hold their final training session at Suncorp Stadium on Tuesday night with Bellamy hoping to replicate game-time conditions.

The premiership winning coach said he didn't think the Maroons' home ground advantage would pose too many problems for his side given every player in his side has experience at the venue through NRL club games.

The weather remains overcast but dry in Brisbane, though there still remains the threat of further showers ahead of the match.

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