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Recall leaves Wing with the Blues

By Steve Jancetic 08/07/2009 02:56:48 PM Comments (0)

Sitting through the horror movie that was South Sydney's video review of their 54-20 NRL loss to Wests Tigers, Rabbitohs hooker Craig Wing couldn't help but feel a tad guilty.

It wasn't so much that Wing blamed himself for what he labelled "an embarrassing effort", but more so for that if he got his way, Wing wouldn't be there to help the boys right their wrongs against Penrith on Friday night.

That's because Wing was desperate for another crack at Queensland.

And a day after the video review, the 29-year-old was granted his wish when included on the NSW bench for next week's Origin finale.

After being ruled out with a hamstring complaint two days before Origin II in Sydney, Wing was delighted to be back in the squad, but you couldn't help but feel that it came with some regret.

"It was hard - we were having our video session on Sunday and we were talking about what we needed to do," Wing recalled.

"It was hard because if I got picked (for NSW), I couldn't be there to be a part of helping try to turn it around and it rests on the other guys' shoulders to get a win this week.

"If the boys can win and we have a bit of wind in the sails going into game against Brisbane (in round 19), and if we can string two wins together, all of a sudden the perspective on things changes."

Two wins sure would change things a few things out Redfern way, but even one win would be welcome for a club that hasn't tasted victory since the 23-22 thriller with Wests Tigers on May 17.

Through all the losses however, it never got as bad as it did against the Tigers last weekend in what coach Jason Taylor described as his lowest point with the club.

Young playmakers Chris Sandow and John Sutton have been the focus of much of the criticism, both hooked at various stages against the Tigers as Taylor desperately searched for a combination which could spark his side.

Wing was given some time playing alongside both Sutton and Sandow, but the former Test star says it is unfair to lay the blame with either player.

"I do feel for him (Sandow) because he's under a bit of pressure," Wing said.

"We're all under pressure - and I suppose when a team's not firing straight away you look at the halves.

"As individuals, we know we can do better and it's just unfortunate that a few of us had a bad game on the same day and it kind of turned into a bit of a nightmare."

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