Blues team prediction: Robson in the squad, Fittler to throw the dice on Martin as Alexander looks for Hynes

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Cowboy behavior Rhys Robson The Blues are poised to win their first NSW jersey after receiving a late call from their boss Brad Fittler Ahead of a tough clash at Suncorp Stadium.

Robson was in camp last year as part of the extended bench for Game 3 but was not used but was one of the bright lights of Townsville’s mid-season.

1 game Api Koroisau broke his jaw and fell last Thursday night Damien Cook he will almost certainly be replaced in the starting line-up, but Robson could be named as a bench utility option in the 14 jumper.

NSW Stars Latrell Mitchell and Cameron Murray Fitler has until Monday to prove the validity of his country of origin The concussion appears to throw the dice Liam Martin.

Fittler will name his squad for the must-win clash in Brisbane on Tuesday, June 21.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 11: Nicholas Hines of the Sharks runs with the ball during the NRL Round 15 match between the Melbourne Storm and the Cronulla Sharks at AAMI Park on June 11, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflon/Getty Images)

Nicho Hines. (Photo by Robert Cianflon/Getty Images)

Nicho Hines despite a poor performance against Melbourne for Cronulla on Sunday, is still set to take the No.7 jersey.

“Nicho has had a great 18 months,” said the Blues selector Greg Alexander SEN said. “I don’t know if one performance will get you out.

“Of course it should be said. “Most people would say, ‘That’s it’… but he has quite a bit of credit in the bank.”

Despite the Penrith star being taken off the field with grade one concussion symptoms in Saturday’s win over the Sydney Roosters, Martin is set to be selected.

Martin has not yet been diagnosed with a concussion, but must be evaluated before he can play.

Fittler will keep a close eye on South Sydney duo Mitchell and Murray in Saturday’s loss to St George Illawarra.

Mitchell (calf) and Murray (groin) with club-mates Cody Walker The (quad) will undergo late fitness tests on Monday, with the possibility of a recall widening.

“They ran yesterday and I talked to (the trainer). Eddie Farah and the Southerners were really open with their relationship,” Fittler told the Nine Network. “They have a few players injured and they all ran up to grade yesterday (Saturday) and tomorrow (Monday) they will all run again.

“We will be in contact with them, there is a physical and mental side, going to the state of origin is a big demand.

“(Martin) will see the CMO (Chief Medical Officer) in Penrith in 48 hours, which is one of the important tests they have to go through to make sure they don’t have headaches. I spoke to Liam this morning and he said he was fine after the game.

“Hopefully he’ll get through it, time-wise it’s within the protocols, so hopefully he’ll be OK to play. There’s contact stuff and there’s stuff they can only do in practice and it’s all tracked.”

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 13: Blues head coach Brad Fittler looks on from the sideline during game three of the State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on July 13, 2022 in Brisbane, Australia.  .  (Photo by Bradley Canaris/Getty Images)

Brad Fittler. (Photo by Bradley Canaris/Getty Images)

Fittler was frustrated by the incident in which he badly smashed his NSW putter early in the 15th round and pointed to a similar incident recently, saying he “flies too close to the line” when he took aim at Faasuamalaui for his reckless style. conflict with Reed Mahoney.

But the match review panel cleared the Titans’ skipper of any wrongdoing on Friday morning despite Koroisau being ruled out of action in Wests Tigers’ defeat on the Gold Coast on Thursday night.

He was taken to hospital for treatment and will be sidelined for at least six weeks with the Southern veteran Damien Cook Will compete with Robson for the No.9 jersey for Origin II.

Fittler faces the biggest challenge of his NSW coaching career, deciding who will replace him. Nathan Cleary Things are worse than ever after he tore his hamstring while on duty in Penrith on Sunday night, but stormed home to Queensland to win the series opener 26-18 in Adelaide last week.

Fittler was outraged by the Faasuamalaui incident. “It’s interesting that Tino talked about that contact game, he beat Api there, but there’s also due diligence. It’s a contact game, but if it’s just contact, it can be very dangerous out there and there can be a lot of injuries,” he said on Nine TV after Titans skipper Koroisau equalised. “It’s the second time he’s done it to Focus, he knocked out Reed Mahoney a few weeks ago.

“He flies very close to the line. It’s great at times, so much so that you don’t want to remove it from the game entirely, but there are also plenty of times when it just doesn’t work.

“It’s a game of communication, but there’s also a duty of care.”

He was booked for touching the hand that was holding the ball.

“This is a contact sport. I’m running as fast as I can. He stood in second place trying to stop me. I hope he’s OK, and I hope I’m OK,” he said after the game, while also claiming that reporters took too many hits.

“I think it’s the media that worries me more than just creating it.”

Maroons assistant coach Cameron Smith He added that while playing the role of Nine’s analyst, he was “trying to find out what was illegal in the activity.”

“If you see the shot he made on Api Koroisau, it was with his ball-carrying hand… his right hand. You see, the last time he was charged was a few weeks ago, and it was when he took a left-handed lead into Reed Mahoney.

(Photo by Bradley Canaris/Getty Images)

“I don’t know what he’s designed to do with the ball-carrying arm. Did he want to lose her?’

The match review committee cleared Fa’asuamalaui, who was found guilty of two offenses this season – fined $1,500 for a shoulder charge in Round 3 and $1,800 for dangerous contact with Mahoney in Round 12.

Here’s how the two states are preparing for the June 21 clash at Suncorp Stadium.

NSW Origin I team

1 James Tedesco
2 Brian To’o
3 Stephen Crichton
4 Tom Trbojevic
5 Josh Addo-Carr
6 Jarome Louai
7 Nathan Cleary
8 Tevita Pangai Jr
9 Api Koroisau
10 Payne Haas
11 Tyson Frizell
12 Hudson Young
13 Isaac Yeo
14 Paulo Jr
15 Cameron Murray
16 Liam Martin
17 Nicho Hines
18 Matt Burton
19 Stefano Utoikamanu

Spine of the Blues: Hines is the frontrunner to replace Cleary in the No.7 jersey, but Eels playmaker Mitchell Moses and Broncos veteran Adam Reynolds have more experience at Origin level than the Dally M player.

The Cronulla star was given just 12 minutes on his debut at right-centre late in the match when Trbojevic pounced on Tom Flegler’s high ball and Cameron Munster’s missed tackle led to Hamiso Tabuai-Fidou’s match. – to win.

Hines is arguably the NRL’s second half back to Cleary, but it will be a big ask to lead the Blues to victory in the Suncorp October on his debut.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31: Nicholas Hines of the Blues looks upset during one of the 2023 State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Adelaide Oval on May 31, 2023 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Nicho Hines. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Cody Walker opted for the five-eighth spot, if not seen as an ideal partner with Louie Cleary, but Fittler remained committed to the Penrith Beers. He provided two assists for the Blues in Adelaide, but his kicking game was almost non-existent again. Luay was strong for Penrith in their win over the Roosters on Saturday night despite Cleary not running the show.

Walker’s chances of a recall will be damaged if he misses his Origin trial against the Dragons at Kogara on Saturday.

Fittler replaces Koroisau with Cook returning to fukker after suffering a badly broken jaw against the Wests Tigers rake Titans. Robson is also likely to start at fouler or in the interchange position. Matt Burton has been given the chance to become a bench man after being a late addition to Adelaide’s extended squad.

Cronulla’s Blake Brayley was in the extended squad for the first game, but as a way to get used to the Blues camp.

Outer backs: Trbojevic was cleared to play for Manly after picking up a head knock in Origin and looked untroubled in the win over the Dolphins.

Mitchell is still not back from the calf problem that forced him out of NSW duty, so if the Blues pick him, there will be no match for three weeks.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31: Tom Trbojevic and Nathan Cleary of the Blues walk off the pitch during the State of Origin series 2023 loss between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Adelaide Oval on May 31, 2023 in Adelaide.  Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Tom Trbojevic. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Rabbitohs center Campbell Graham is the most likely candidate to fill the breach for either player after he was initially in the extended squad for game one but was forced out with a minor sternum problem.

Steven Crichton, who filled in for Mitchell at Adelaide, is unlikely to get another start.

Forward package: The Pangai and Young experiment backfired with the opening forwards each giving away penalties that gave Queensland the momentum.

Paulo Jr., should he be available, should step up to the starting line-up alongside Martin, who has made a big impact off the bench for the Blues.

The Blues can’t afford to lose Murray (groin) and Martin now under a cloud.

Parramatta veteran Reagan Campbell-Gillard (groin injury) and Penrith’s Spencer Lenio (fractured pubic bone) were unavailable for selection in the first game but could be eligible for call-ups after returning at club level this weekend with Roosters veteran Angus Crichton or younger. Options include Wests Tigers prop Stefano Utoikamanu and Souths second wicket Keaon Koloaamatangi.

Possible NSW Origin II team

1 James Tedesco
2 Brian To’o
3 Latrell Mitchell
4 Tom Trbojevic
5 Josh Addo-Carr
6 Jarome Louai
7 Nicho Hines
8 Paulo Jr
9 Rhys Robson/Damien Cook
10 Payne Haas
11 Tyson Frizell
12 Liam Martin/Cameron Murray
13 Isaac Yeo
14 Matt Burton/Robson
15 Cameron Murray/Stefano Utoikamanu
16 Hudson Young
17 Spencer Lenio
18 Stephen Crichton
19 Angus Crichton

with AAP

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