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Qld ready for anything: Hannant

Wayne Heming 21/05/2011 12:53:09 PM Comments (0)

Battle-scarred prop Ben Hannant says Queensland will handle anything NSW throw their way, including niggle from hooker Michael Ennis and aggression from `bruise brothers' Paul Gallen and Greg Bird on Wednesday night.

The reunion of Gallen and Bird in the back-row and Ennis at hooker with his ability to "irritate" opponents has set the scene for a potentially volatile Origin.

Hannant agrees NSW have picked a pack with have a hard edge about it.

But he says whatever unfolds in 80 minutes of passionate battle in front of 50,000 mostly-Maroons fans at Suncorp Stadium, Queensland will handle it.

"This is the toughest stage you can play at," said Hannant, who has regained his place in the Queensland pack after being overlooked for the third game last year.

"You don't hold anything back because if you don't give it everything you've got, you're not going to be successful.

Former Sharks teammates Gallen and Bird play with an intimidating style.

"They (Gallen and Bird) are intimidating and that's what we've got to be as well," he said before the team trained at their Gold Coast base on Saturday morning.

"That's why they've been picked in the side. We have to make sure we give as much as we get."

If there is a "stink" on Wednesday night, Hannant said Queensland wouldn't be drawn into doing anything "silly".

"Mal (Meninga) wouldn't want us to worry about it. He'd want us to be physical in the game with strong defence," he said.

"If you're worrying about hitting someone or roughing someone up you've got your mind off your role and your job.

"It's about being composed. Be aggressive with everything you do on the field that is legal which helps the team.

"Don't do anything silly, that's selfish play doing something for yourself. It just means the opposition has got under you skin."

Queensland have just the man should trouble break out in Petero Civoniceva, who has played 45 Tests.

"We're all passionate but there's not better person than Petero leading the way," said Hannant.

"He's done it for so many years and he still is to me the best front-rower going around and he'll be leading the way again come Wednesday,.

Hannant said Queensland had to "miscue up" in the middle against a great Blues pack who were strong, powerful and would go for 80 minutes.

Hannant echoed the sentiments of all the Queensland players when asked how special it was to be part of skipper Darren Lockyer's farewell Origin series.

"I pinch myself I am lucky enough to play with him every week," Hannant said.

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