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Farah expects a cracker against Souths

12/05/2010 11:27:38 AM Comments (0)

Wests Tigers game-breaker Robbie Farah gets a last minute chance to push his NSW Origin claims shifting back to hooker for Sunday's Heritage round clash with South Sydney at the SCG.

With halfback Robert Lui cleared to return from a round two ankle injury, Farah can stake his Origin claim before NSW selectors finalise their 17-man Origin squad on Monday night to play Queensland later this month.

Farah said taking on Souths at the SCG was a tough ask.

After winning the inaugural Heritage clash in 2008, the Tigers went down in front of a boisterous crowd of almost 30,000 last year.

"Last year was a cracker of a game, they got us in golden point so hopefully it's another exciting game at the SCG but this time with a different result.

"It's going to be a very tough game, a big crowd there and a lot of emotion."

While Brisbane warm to the prospect of having four players back on deck their NRL derby rivals Gold Coast were sweating on the fitness of potential match-winner Preston Campbell.

Campbell is under intensive treatment for a medial ligament strain and coach John Cartwright is uncertain if his jockey-sized attacking dynamo will be right by Friday night.

After weeks of struggling through a horror injury toll, Brisbane add former Origin halfback Peter Wallace, tough prop Nick Kenny, utility Matt Gillett and young speedster Antonio Winterstein to a line-up high on confidence after upsetting Melbourne at the weekend.

While Wallace slots into the halves with Darren Lockyer, and Winterstein comes onto the wing, Kenny (calf) and Gillett (knee) have been booked to return from injury via the bench.

Clashes between the two Queensland teams have been intense with two of their last four clashes decided by golden point.

Brisbane lock Corey Parker, who'll play his 200th NRL game at Suncorp Stadium, said the Titans always got up for the clash.

"Some of those games have come down to golden point and we're expecting nothing different on Friday night," he said.

"It's going to be tough, hostile, a big crowd and a big occasion so if we go in thinking it's going to be anything but a tough game, we're kidding ourselves."

Canberra meanwhile will rush attacking weapons Josh McCrone, Daniel Vidot and Joe Picker back for their clash with Melbourne, licking their wounds after losing their first game since their salary cap rorting became public knowledge last month.

The only good news for the Storm was the availability of big-hitting New Zealand forward Sika Manu who missed the loss to Brisbane.

Cowboys hooker Aaron Payne and Manly No.9 Matt Ballin will both be looking to pull out big games in the hope of being selected for Queensland should Storm rake Cameron Smith (elbow) be ruled out.

Payne gets the best shot, playing against the Warriors on Saturday with Ballin not in action until Monday night against Parramatta, the day before Queensland name its 17-man Origin squad.

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