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Myles keeps on giving for Queensland

Wayne Heming 11/06/2011 05:50:05 PM Comments (0)

Sydney Roosters forward Nate Myles under-sells himself but his team mates love the way he puts his body on the line in every Origin game he plays.

Myles has played 15 of 16 Origins since 2006, so it's no coincidence his arrival coincided with Queensland's five successive series wins under Mal Meninga.

It is also no coincidence the only Origin he missed was a comprehensive 28-14 loss to NSW in the third game of 2009 when the Blues got heavy-handed with he and Petero Civoniceva on the sidelines.

Prop Matt Scott was Queensland's players' player in this year's 16-12 first game win in Brisbane but he felt Myles was best.

Myles, whose legs are thinner than most basketballers and who doesn't strike fear into rivals with a "cut" physique, is just a tough nut in the mould of former Queensland hardman Trevor Gillmeister.

While he hasn't yet been an official Origin man-of-the-match he always polls well with his teammates for the uncompromising way he plays.

He often cops the heavy hits and struggles to recall games afterwards in the dressing sheds.

But he wouldn't have it any other way, especially when he pulls on the Queensland jumper.

"I thought he was fantastic for us in game one, he's always great," said Scott.

Myles said Queensland had to try and take the big Sydney crowd out of the contest on Wednesday and do their best to frustrate fiery NSW forwards Anthony Watmough, Paul Gallen and Greg Bird.

"Obviously you can get carried away in this sort of arena, it's very loud when you run out in front of a full house," he said of the 82,000 expected at the Olympic venue.

"Origin is terrific in that you can push the boundaries a lot further than you can in club footy but it's important to stay disciplined and not give away penalties and easy metres."

"It (volatility) is always there in Origin for sure.

"A lot of things can happen but it comes down to controlling it and sticking to your plan."

Myles warned his veteran Roosters teammate Anthony Minichiello would be "pumped" after being recalled to the NSW side for injured fullback Josh Dugan.

Minichiello's last Origin was a man-of-the-match performance in the Blues 32-10 win in Brisbane in 2007 before he was struck down by serious back issues.

"He's in great form and he's a real danger because he works so hard around the ruck," said Myles.

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