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Kimmorley eyes Origin return

By Steve Jancetic 20/04/2009 03:23:10 PM Comments (0)

A smarter Brett Kimmorley has put his hand up for yet another crack at Queensland with the veteran halfback pushing his case for an Origin recall in a package deal with in-form Bulldogs teammate Michael Ennis.

With Ennis believed to be edging out early favourite Robbie Farah in the race to be the NSW No.9 in Melbourne on June 3, Kimmorley added his name to the list of those vying to fill the troubled halfback slot.

Kimmorley turned back the clock with a vintage display in the Bulldogs' 48-18 demolition of Parramatta at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, before admitting he hadn't given hope of winning a ninth sky-blue jumper - the last of which he collected in game three in 2007.

"I'd love the chance," he said.

"I'm smarter which means I sit back and assess things better. I'm not so dominant any more and I think the fact that we've got a good No.9 here - who will probably be the NSW hooker - it will help all our causes."

Asked about playing 'smarter', Kimmorley said: "I'm just better suited to handling bigger occasions - it's not so fast and frantic any more.

"When you get older you can maybe take some advice on board whereas when I was younger it was all just 100 miles an hour."

Many believed 'Noddy' had played his last Origin match in game one 2005 when he threw that intercept - when Queensland livewire Matt Bowen snatched the ball out of thin air to complete a stunning Maroons win.

"I got to play again after the intercept ... it obviously meant that I hadn't had a line put through my name," Kimmorley said.

Brisbane halfback Peter Wallace remains favourite for the NSW No.7 jumper, with one-Origin wonders Mitchell Pearce and Jarrod Mullen also in the mix.

With the Blues likely to field a host of debutants, Trent Barrett's name has also been mentioned in halfback talks, though Cronulla's dismal start to the year could hurt his chances of a representative recall.

Whether Kimmorley earns a start or not, the crafty playmaker was adamant that Ennis deserved a chance.

"If he doesn't play for NSW then they're obviously not looking for a bloke that's aggressive, competitive and will meet any challenge put in front of him," he said.

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