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Maroon Scott embarrassed by Petero wrap

Wayne Heming 09/06/2011 05:27:57 PM Comments (0)

Matt Scott jokingly suggested veteran Maroons prop Petero Civoniceva might be suffering from memory loss after getting a big wrap from his State of Origin hero.

Civoniceva was effusive in his praise of Scott after Origin I and he wasn't exactly sure how to take comparisons to some of Queensland's great props.

"Mate his memory musn't be too good," the 25 year-old prop, , Queensland's player's player in game one, told AAP when he'd heard what Civoniceva had been saying.

"Either that, or he hasn't watched much of himself or Shane Webcke back in his day."

But Civoniceva, a stalwart of 45 Tests and 28 Origins, knows a good prop's performance when he sees one.

"It was probably one of the best front-row performances I've seen from anyone in a long time and I've been lucky to have played alongside Pricey (Steve Price) and Shane Webcke," Civoniceva said of Scott's performance in Origin.

"He's knock in the first game was something I think a lot of people will remember for a long time.

"He ripped and teared and he was a huge reason we came away with a victory.

"If he doesn't find the energy and strength to make that run (before the final try to Billy Slater) we don't get the momentum and field position to execute that (winning) play."

Scott said Civoniceva was "such good bloke" he'd give a wrap to most players.

"You'll find he probably says that about everyone, he's just that kind of fella," said Scott who, apart from his crucial run which led to Billy Slater's match winning try off a Darren Lockyer inside pass, battered his way to 154 metres to go with 24 tackles.

"I appreciate it ... but I probably wouldn't agree with him though I was pretty happy with my game."

Scott won't be resting on his laurels, aware the Blues game plan will be to attack Queensland through the middle of the ruck by isolating bigger forwards like himself.

"I have to shore up the middle of the ruck a bit better than I thought I did in the first game," he admitted.

"I missed a couple of tackles and I think our defence is going to have to be a lot better than it was in the first game to be honest."

He didn't think having only two recognised props in his 17-man squad was a major gamble by Blues coach Ricky Stuart.

"The role of the lock and back-rower is similar to a front-rower these days," said Scott.

"I know Gal (Paul Gallen) plays that way every week.

"You can put any number on his back and he's going to play the same way.

"He and Timmy Mannah have massive work rates. They don't play that much different to normal front-rowers.

"It's Paul Gallen we're talking about. It's not like it's an 80 or 90 kilo back-rower they're putting in there."

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