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Meninga not relying on Qld new boys

By Steve Jancetic 11/06/2008 06:35:48 AM Comments (0)

Queensland coach Mal Meninga says he isn't expecting miracles out of the new boys in his side as the Maroons bid to keep the Origin series alive with victory at Suncorp Stadium.

The Maroons made four changes to the side which lost game one with veteran prop Steve Price returning from injury and Scott Prince, Ashley Harrison and Darius Boyd all brought into the squad.

The inclusion of Prince is seen as the most pivotal for the Maroons, who need to find more spark in attack after being well contained in game one.

But Meninga said neither Prince nor the other three newcomers were under pressure to carry Queensland over the line.

"We don't expect miracles out of Steve Price, Scotty Prince or miracles out of Ashley Harrison or Darius Boyd," Meninga said.

"We need them to do what they do week in and week out.

"There's no expectation they're going to be the match winners but we want them to do their job."

NSW can claim their first series victory since 2005 with a win tonight while it will also break the Origin deadlock.

Since the series came into being in 1980, each side has won 40 games with two drawn, while series record stands at 12 wins apiece with two drawn.

NSW skipper Danny Buderus will equal Brad Fittler's record of 14 appearances as NSW captain tonight while victory will see him join Laurie Daley as the only NSW skipper to win three series.

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