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Origin stink expected by Myles

Laine Clark 20/05/2011 06:29:08 PM Comments (0)

Years of brutal State of Origin treatment have ensured his memory is a tad fuzzy.

But Queensland enforcer Nate Myles is certain the Blues will unleash "a lot worse" this year, starting with next week's series opener in Brisbane.

Four years of Origin duty have ensured Myles is no stranger to the biff.

Apart from the traditional opening "softening up period" in each game, Myles can lay claim to experiencing one of Origin's more ferocious displays of fisticuffs in 2010.

Luke O'Donnell's spear tackle on Queensland's Darius Boyd made most watching in their living rooms wince - but it was nothing on the brawl that it sparked.

These days Myles can laugh off the damage NSW has inflicted in the 14 Origin games he has played to date since his 2006 debut.

But he was deadly serious when asked what to expect in next Wednesday's Suncorp Stadium opener as NSW looked to snap Queensland's streak of five consecutive series wins.

After casting his eye over a huge NSW side backed with four forwards on the bench, Myles believed what he had copped in the past may pale in comparison to what lay ahead from a desperate Blues outfit.

"Yeah, the memory is a bit fuzzy," Myles laughed, after being reminded of his Origin treatment.

"(But) going on the side they've picked I think it (treatment from Blues) is going to be a lot worse."

Of course, Origin has been built on conflict.

In the 1980 opener the "mate against mate" legend was born when Queensland icon Arthur Beetson took a swing at Eels teammate Mick Cronin.

And who can forget Wally Lewis against Mark Geyer?

Or the unsuspecting Steve Price against Brett White?

Paul Harragon against Martin Bella, anyone?

And of course Andrew Johns against Jamie Goddard - okay, Johns and any self-respecting fight fan would rather forget that one.

But Myles expects another classic stink to unfold on Wednesday.

"For sure. I've got a head that needs to be bashed and I don't expect anything less from them," Myles smiled.

Even all-conquering Queensland coach Mal Meninga sounded wary of the Blues ahead of the series opener.

"Their team is very dangerous and very motivated," he said on Friday.

"(NSW coach) Ricky (Stuart) will have them ready to go and we will have to be able to handle that."

While Meninga expected war next week, he described the Queensland camp as a love-in.

"We have been together for a while now, it's like a family," he said.

"We have been pretty relaxed at this point, we haven't really thought too much about footy.

"But we understand the enormity of the occasion.

"We will go into camp (on the Gold Coast) on the weekend and get ready for next Wednesday."

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