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Kite expects NSW to learn from mistakes

By Todd Balym 20/06/2009 10:20:54 AM Comments (0)

NSW prop Brent Kite knows what it's like to learn from a few mistakes.

After all, it's how Manly overcame their stage fright from the 2007 decider against Melbourne to claim the biggest grand final victory a year later with a 40-0 win over their nemesis the Storm.

It is now the reason why he is confident the Blues can turn the tables on Queensland and level the State of Origin series 1-all at ANZ Stadium next Wednesday.

The Test prop believes the baby Blues have learnt a harsh yet valuable lesson from the Origin I defeat in which they conceded three tries in 10 minutes to hand the Maroons a massive leg-up to victory.

"There was just that one lapse that made it tough for us," Kite recalled on Friday.

"It was a big learning curve and we'll be better for the run.

"I'd like to think we (forward pack) held our own against them." Kite says there is no real secret to how Manly turned everything around, or a blueprint for keeping a team with the likes of Greg Inglis, Israel Folau and Billy Slater scoreless.

NSW just need to want it more.

"It's probably not technical things we can do to stop these guys," he said.

"(Just) a bit more desperation. Play for that whole 80." It was the same message fellow prop Michael Weyman delivered as the reason his St George Illawarra Dragons were able to silence Queensland halfback Johnathan Thurston in their NRL win last Sunday.

"Thurston's a great player, and he has been for a long time," said Weyman.

"He's just one of those players that never dies. He just keeps coming.

"It was one of those games at the weekend where he just kept coming and coming and coming, and we kept jumping in front of him.

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