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Origin camp brings out Taylor's best

22/05/2011 05:52:50 PM Comments (0)

Queensland's 18th man David Taylor credited time spent in the Maroons' State of Origin camp for bringing out the best in his game on Sunday.

Taylor put disappointment at missing selection in Queensland's 17 for Wednesday's Origin series opener behind him to be one of the best on-field in his South Sydney team's tight 12-6 NRL loss to the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday.

A member of Queensland's triumphant 2010 team in all three games, giant second rower Taylor was buoyed by his time back with coach Mal Meninga's Maroons last week.

"I thought I had another good game, it's definitely a boost being in the Origin squad," Taylor said.

"I realise that I'm almost there. Mal had a quick word to me in camp, I thought I went out there and played a bit better than I did last week."

Taylor said he wasn't affected by the publicity there has been about the selection of the Queensland team, including suggestions that he wasn't playing well enough to be picked.

"I don't read into too much stuff," he said.

"I'm pretty good at blocking all of the media out and just worrying about my game and myself.

"One thing I've done well in the past is being able to wipe the bad criticism away and just be able to keep moving forward."

If something happened and the call came for Taylor to get into his playing gear for the game at Suncorp, he said he didn't believe playing in such a defensively brutal game against the Warriors would hamper him.

"The body would be 100 per cent when that adrenalin started running," he said.

"When I'd hear those 60,000 fans scream it wouldn't matter if you'd played the day before Origin or three days before.

"You're going to be pumped for it and ready for it, it doesn't matter how sore you are."

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