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Wallace not holding out Origin hope

By Wayne Heming and Ed Jackson 30/06/2009 06:28:06 PM Comments (0)

Wounded Bronco Peter Wallace is resigned to the bitter disappointment of missing the third State of Origin for the second year running after being crucified following NSW's game-two loss in Sydney last week.

Wallace, one of many NSW players to perform below par when Queensland clinched an historic 24-14 series win in Sydney, has copped the brunt of criticism which has incensed the Broncos camp.

It's been revealed Wallace played Origin II with a fractured rib.

While Blues assistant coach Andrew Johns has urged NSW selectors not to make many changes for Origin III, Wallace isn't holding out a lot of hope of being given another chance in the No.7.

"I'm not holding my breath," he told AAP on Tuesday as a war of words erupted between his club coach Ivan Henjak and NSW coach Craig Bellamy.

"I don't know what they're going to do about changes.

"I know everyone had a dig, the effort was there. It was just our lack of execution in the first half which pretty much cost us the game.

"I only got to play two (Origins) last year and I'd love the chance to finish the series off and hopefully help NSW avoid a whitewash.

"It would be nice but we'll have to wait and see I guess. It's out of my hands."

Henjak felt compelled to defend Wallace on Saturday, accusing the NSW camp of failing to back their No.7 before or after the Origin.

While Wallace understandably declined to buy into the spat on Tuesday, Bellamy returned fire, suggesting Henjak was using his halfback as a smokescreen to take the pressure off himself after losing four games in a row.

Wallace, whose toughness can't be questioned after playing two games in five days with such a painful injury, said he would continue playing injured for the battling Broncos.

"You can't needle it because it's bone. You just hope you don't get a hit straight on it," he told AAP.

"I've carried it now for a weeks .. they reckon six weeks and it will be fully healed."

Wallace said there was no danger of piercing his lung if the rib snapped.

"It's at the front where the cartilage joins the bone, right on the corner," he said.

"They reckon if it was up the back or even in the middle there would be a risk of the bone breaking inwards and there could be, but where it is, it's pretty safe."

Wallace also found an unexpected ally on Tuesday in reigning Dally M Medallist Matt Orford, who, while himself hopeful of an Origin call-up, said Blues selectors should show some faith in his Broncos rival.

"Sometimes you've got to stick with those things. There's always going to be tough times in Origin but they've got to stay solid," Orford said.

"You are going up against this quality Queensland team and everybody needs to be aware of that."

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