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Qld don't 'need Turner as inspiration'

By Laine Clark 25/06/2008 11:41:02 AM Comments (0)

Motivation won't be a problem for Queensland in the Origin series decider at Sydney on July 2.

But Maroons chairman of selectors Des Morris reckons Queensland would not need legendary former manager Dick "Tosser" Turner as their inspiration.

He said bouncing back from their "embarrassing" Origin I performance at ANZ Stadium would be enough to ensure Queensland would come out swinging next Wednesday.

An emotional memorial service for the man dubbed Queensland's "Godfather of Origin" was held at Suncorp Stadium on Monday.

The Queensland manager from 1982-96 paid a final visit to the Maroons dressing sheds on June 11's Origin II clash in Brisbane - which they fittingly won 30-0.

Barely 24 hours after addressing Turner's public service, Queensland coach Mal Meninga fronted the Origin III team announcement in Brisbane.

But Morris said the legend would not be the catalyst for their Origin quest.

"I don't think Tosser would think the players need any motivation," he said.

"His passing was very sad and he was obviously the spirit of Origin in Queensland.

"But the players have a lot pride and don't need that to motivate them to perform well.

"The series is on the line. They were pretty embarrassed by the last performance in Sydney and I am sure they will do their best to rectify that situation."

Meninga didn't touch on Turner's passing.

But he had plenty to say about another who will be conspicuous by his absence at Origin III - injured Queensland skipper Darren Lockyer.

Meninga said no one could replace Lockyer but claimed leadership would not be an issue for a pumped up Queensland following their stirring Origin II victory.

"(Fill-in captain Cameron Smith) Smithy was a bit shellshocked how he was countered in game one (but he) came up with some really good plays for us (in game two)," he said.

"His leadership was heaps better in game two same with (pivot) Johnathan (Thurston) and (prop Steve Price) Pricey.

"(And) Scotty Prince is a leader of his own footy club and been a leader for a while at most clubs he has played for."

Indeed Meninga predicted a more composed Prince would run out after his last minute Origin II injection due to Lockyer's withdrawal.

"I think Scotty will be a lot more settled," he said.

"There was a lot of pressure on him in game two given all the paranoia on him not being selected and the expectations of him.

"He's got a game under his belt and we anticipate he will be a lot more settled and be a lot better for us as well."

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