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Job not finished yet, says Meninga

27/05/2010 06:31:24 AM Comments (0)

Queensland coach Mal Meninga said the job wasn't finished with the Maroons desperate to wrap up a fifth straight series win on home soil in three weeks.

Upset at their effort in losing before their home fans in last year's dead rubber, Meninga said the Maroons wouldn't be taking the foot off the accelerator after taking game one with a 28-24 win at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night.

"At the moment we've got the upper hand, but we don't get complacent," Meninga said.

"It's a three match series, it's important to get off to a really good start in the series if you can and then try and hold onto that lead. We've still got another job to do in Brisbane.

"We didn't perform up there all that well last year in front of our own crowd so I think we owe them one."

Asked whether he would tinker with his side for game two, Meninga said it would be hard to drop anyone from Wednesday night's effort, though Cameron Smith will no doubt come back into the side for Matt Ballin should he overcome his elbow injury in time for the June 16 encounter.

"We don't have to change much - from my perspective I thought it was a near-perfect preparation, the players brought into what we were trying to achieve."

Blues coach Craig Bellamy said his side needed to toughen up if they were to match it with the Maroons, but he denied wholesale changes were the answer.

"I don't know if it's the biggest challenge of my coaching career - it's a big challenge for NSW," Bellamy said.

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