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Hannant expects fire from Blues big men

David Beniuk 04/06/2011 01:13:31 PM Comments (0)

Queensland prop Ben Hannant has dismissed the criticism of NSW's under fire front row, saying it will only spur them on in State of Origin II at ANZ Stadium.

The Blues' big men have copped much of the flak after last month's 16-12 loss at Suncorp Stadium, with starting props Jason King and Kade Snowden under the microscope for their inability to match the Maroons' metre-eaters.

But, after starring in Brisbane's crushing 34-16 defeat of Snowden's Cronulla on Friday night, Hannant said the barbs would only serve to fire up the NSW forwards.

"We know they're going to be better this time," he told AAP.

"I know if that was me on the other end and I didn't play my best and we didn't win the middle of the field out there, next game I'd be out to make amends.

"It's going to be a tough, hostile environment when we come down to Sydney and we're going to expect them really coming onto the ball and those blokes will be trying to make their hundred odd metres like us boys were doing."

Combined, the Blues' four front-rowers, who also included benchmen Tim Mannah and Trent Merrin, were unable to match the effort of Queensland's Matt Scott.

St George Illawarra's Michael Weyman and Canberra's Tom Learoyd-Lahrs are sure to be at least considered by coach Ricky Stuart before he names his side for game two on Sunday.

Hannant said changes were not necessarily the solution.

"It's a game of inches, State of Origin, there's not much difference between their front row and our front row, it's just on the day who wins that arm wrestle," he said.

"You can make as many changes as you want but every player can do it.

"In the front row it's 95 per cent mental so it's whoever turns up with the right head and attitude to win that grind."

Snowden had the perfect opportunity to re-state his case against the Broncos at Toyota Stadium and registered the respectable figures of 134m from 17 runs and 35 tackles, but never looked like dominating Hannant and his partner Scott Anderson.

Hannant, who began his NRL career under Wayne Bennett, said Snowden's move to Newcastle next season to play under the master coach would help him reach his potential.

"Best thing for him," Hannant said.

"Not only will it make him a better footy player but he's a young bloke and he'll grow up.

"Just in little things, Wayne makes you better, not just on the footy field but off it as well.

"He's a great talent and he's going to be a scary bloke to come up against.

"He's scary now but in a couple of years, especially under Wayne, he could be anything."

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