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Kite doesn't want to lose Origin spot

By Todd Balym 27/05/2007 10:57:50 PM Comments (0)

Origin prop Brent Kite says all NSW forwards have been put on notice after being clearly outplayed in the opening clash by Queensland's pack of veterans.

With NSW selectors expected to make a few changes for the June 13 Origin II clash, a nervous Kite turned in one of his toughest performances of the year for Manly in last night's 13-12 win over fellow NRL heavyweights Melbourne.

Disappointed at being shut down by Queensland's Steve Price and Petero Civoniceva on Wednesday night, Kite rebounded in the best possible way with a match turning 35 tackles, 20 hit ups at 182 metres for the Sea Eagles.

The Manly prop said he knows every NSW forward's head is on the chopping block and the next two weeks at NRL level are vital as selectors mull over making Origin changes.

"The battle is on for spots I suppose. History shows usually one or two changes made to a losing side and none made to a winning side obviously," said Kite.

"I think everyone is on notice. It's in the hands of the selectors.

"I felt like I tried hard but I think (Queensland) did a good job on me personally. I didn't have quite as much room to move as I would have liked.

"The good thing is whenever you lose you can get on a bit of downer for the whole week but it was good it was only two days to get some kind of redemption.

"I don't know how well I went (against Melbourne) but I felt like there was a bit of improvement. I felt like I wanted to try and do some things and get down a bit quicker."

With former Blues hardman Steve Roach calling on Cronulla pair Greg Bird and Paul Gallen to be included in the NSW squad to add some mongrel, 18th man in Origin I Ryan Hoffman has reminded selectors not to overlook him.

Storm back rower Hoffman was also 18th man earlier this year for the Australian side in the Anzac Test and is determined to win himself a playing jersey for Origin II.

"It was sort of like having your Christmas present taken away from you on Wednesday night, being able to warm up with the guys but not run out on the field," said Hoffman.

"I'm very confident I would be able to handle Origin football.

"NSW does have a very aggressive pack with guys like (Nathan) Hindmarsh, Kite, Willie Mason - they are all tough guys.

"Whoever you throw in you know they're going to do the job but personally I know if I get a chance I would be able to do the job."

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