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Slater urges patience from Maroons

By Todd Balym 02/06/2009 11:51:33 AM Comments (0)

Exciting fullback Billy Slater says patience will be the key to Queensland success and warns an all-Australian backline doesn't guarantee a flurry of points in State of Origin football.

The Maroons scored all 38 points for Australia in the Test win over New Zealand last month while Slater and Inglis each scored a hat-trick of tries in their last visit to Etihad Stadium when the Kangaroos thumped Great Britain in the World Cup last year.

With NSW also picking an attacking lineup for Wednesday's Origin series opener expectation is building for a high-scoring game but Slater says the Queenslanders need to be patient to ensure they get the result.

"I think we've always known that with guys in the side that we have got we will be able to score points at some time of the game if we hold the football," said Slater.

"It's about getting our focus right and mind right for the job and we know if we do that the points will come.

"It's a factor that our backline played well together only a couple of weeks ago (for Australia) so I suppose it's got to be an advantage.

"(But) advantages are only there if you do take advantage of them.

"If we go out there and think it's just going to happen for us we will probably get a bit of a shock."

While much has been made of Queensland's star-stacked backline, Slater says the 'glamour' players will need to roll their sleeves up and help the forward pack win the yardage battle.

Slater, centre Justin Hodges and wingers Israel Folau and Darius Boyd are widely considered among the best dummy half runners in the game and it will be their work to get the team moving forward that'll help Queensland win the battle in the middle of the park.

"We've got to work together. We have a job to go forward as well," said Slater.

"Everyone has got a job in a football side and if we all work together we will be able to play some football down the other end of the field.

"If you start thinking individually ... if we want to take short cuts that is when our team will come unstuck."

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