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Qld unlikely to make Origin III changes

By Wayne Heming 23/06/2008 05:39:35 PM Comments (0)

Queensland selectors will entrust the 17 players who saved the State of Origin series with the task of finishing the job at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday week.

Despite speculation Cowboys enforcer Carl Webb was on the brink of an Origin recall to combat a NSW side desperate to rattle Queensland physically, selectors will reward the players who shared in the 30-0 shut out of the Blues in game two.

Provided halfback Scott Prince and utility Ashley Harrison get through the Gold Coast's NRL clash with Souths, the Queensland squad will be unchanged.

The only changes will be positional - Karmichael Hunt to be named at fullback and not on the bench behind Billy Slater as he was in Origin II.

Hunt, who played five-eighth in the first game, settled the fullback debate in the return clash when Prince played halfback and Johnathan Thurston moved to pivot.

"Obviously we were happy with their performance, you can't do much better than 30-0," said Queensland selectors' chairman Des Morris.

"We won't be making too many changes.

"The guys that didn't perform in game one certainly did in the second game and so did the new guys."

Queensland were expecting Braith Anasta to be named at five-eighth even before Greg Bird injured his knee playing for Cronulla on Sunday.

"I don't know whether he would have been the five-eighth anyway," said Morris," expecting one or two surprise selections in the NSW squad.

"Everyone seems to think Braith Anasta will be five-eighth.

"He (Bird) didn't cause us any problems in the second game."

Morris said Queensland had gone into the first game a little "over confident" following some flattering media.

"In hindsight we may have been a little over confident and the penalties in the marker play put us on the back foot and we never recovered," Morris said.

"NSW will lift, they'll be hurting the same way our blokes were after the first game when they were embarrassed."

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