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Kite aiming to make his Origin mark

By Todd Balym 31/05/2009 01:23:38 PM Comments (0)

NSW prop Brent Kite says he wants to prove himself in the State of Origin arena and is determined to reproduce his Clive Churchill Medal performance for the Blues in the series opener on Wednesday night.

The Test regular was overlooked for the NSW team last year but got the last laugh over coach Craig Bellamy with a man of the match effort in Manly's 40-0 drubbing of Bellamy's Melbourne side in the NRL grand final.

That performance left a lasting impression on Blues selectors who gave the 110kg prop a chance for Origin redemption against Queensland's twin towers Steve Price and Petero Civoniceva.

"It would be nice to have a big game and I'm looking to sort of have more of an impact than maybe I have in previous years," said Kite.

"(Clive Churchill Medal) is something that you have to try and live up to now. That is always hard but I'm looking to have a big game next week."

Kite says he worried he would again be overlooked for the Blues this year after Manly's terrible start to 2009 and his own poor form this season.

However, with Bellamy calling upon seven rookies for the series opener - including Dragons duo Justin Poore and Michael Weyman - Kite believes it was his experience of 14 Tests and eight Origins that swayed selection in his favour.

"I always thought I could get back here but it sort of happened that I didn't feel I had been going real good," he said.

"I think it's mainly for my experience that I've gotten back into the side and hopefully I can go well.

"Even as a spectator (in 2008) it was hard to go down to the Maroons. It is good to have a chance to do something about it this year."

Kite is one of just five NSW players who has tasted Origin series success with Luke Bailey, Luke Lewis, Craig Wing and Jamie Lyon having also lifted the shield.

"The first series I played we won and probably you don't appreciate how hard it is to win an Origin series and we certainly found out the last two years that it's not easy," said Kite.

He says he likes the mix of the Blues lineup this year, likening the fact they've got two props on the bench to the dynamic at the Sea Eagles when they claimed a record grand final victory.

"(With our pack) it is a similar style to the way we play at Manly," he said.

"I think it's a very effective way to play footy, especially with the calibre of players we have coming off the bench.

"I think they will really have a good impact."

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