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Blues must handle adversity better: Wing

By Steve Jancetic 13/07/2009 02:03:14 PM Comments (0)

NSW utility Craig Wing says the Blues need to respond better to disappointment if they are to overcome Queensland in Wednesday night's Origin clash at Suncorp Stadium.

Wing, who missed game two through a hamstring injury, says the Blues have paid the price for dropping their heads at crucial moments in the opening two games which Queensland won to wrap up a fourth straight series win.

"It's our reaction to something negative that happens on the field," said Wing in Brisbane on Monday.

"In game one it was the (Jarryd) Hayne (disallowed) try and then OD (Luke O'Donnell) lost the ball over the line.

"It's a concentration thing as well, being on the ball, playing every moment, every play, rather than lamenting what happened the play before."

Wing believes the inclusion of several experienced heads - in particular veteran halves Trent Barrett and Brett Kimmorley - will help the Blues deal with adversity better.

NSW will hold their penultimate training session at Langlands Park on Monday with an opposed session against the NSW Residents side, which will play against their Queensland equivalent in the curtain raiser.

All eyes will be on skipper Kurt Gidley to see if the energetic fullback puts his injured ribs to the test, or whether he is rested ahead of Tuesday's final training run.

Meanwhile, Newcastle Knights forward Chris Houston was called into the NSW squad as 19th man on Monday.

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