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Maroons jump into Roo contention

By Brent Read 17/07/2003 05:18:39 AM Comments (0)

Queensland, written off as having only three players worthy of Test selection, has put the heat back on national selectors with the record-equalling win in the third State of Origin game.

Only Gorden Tallis, Shane Webcke and Darren Lockyer were considered to be in contention for the Test side for the July 25 Test against New Zealand after NSW's dominant performances in Origin I and II.

But that was before the Maroons' record-equalling 36-6 victory in Origin III at Suncorp Stadium.

Man-of-the-match Matt Sing, fellow winger Shannon Hegarty, centre Brent Tate and forwards Petero Civoniceva, Dane Carlaw and Steve Price are all back in the frame for Australian jerseys.

Sing, in particular, has lumped the pressure on incumbent Timana Tahu with his three-try performance.

The North Queensland winger played the last of his four Tests in 1999, but may play a fifth against the Kiwis later this month.

NSW will still dominate the Test side, but the Maroons have at least given themselves some hope of a reasonable representation.

"The good players in their side cemented their spots tonight and the players who stood up for us in game one and game two certainly earned the right to be in that side," Gould said.

"There's a Kangaroo tour at the end of the year and they've got a fair bit of battling to do to cement a place on that.

"I just know anyone selected from this NSW side won't let Australia down. I would love to see as many as possible of them in the team."

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