Halves in rhythm for Blues
THE New South Wales State of Origin side focussed on developing combinations, set pieces and team bonding during its first training session in Coffs Harbour.
While selectors have made seven changes to the Blues side that lost last year's series, incoming halves Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson wasted no time finding their rhythm behind an already established forward pack.
Blues centre Josh Morris, who is use to running off Reynolds and Hodkinson at the Bulldogs, said the duo would add plenty to the team.
"They add that enthusiasm and bring their form to the team leading into Origin I," Morris said.
"When your team is going well those kind of rewards fall into place so I guess it's a big thank you to our teammates for getting us here."
Fellow Bulldogs teammate Tony Williams played a major ball running role in the session and shapes as a real strike weapon in the series opener in Brisbane next Wednesday.
"T-Rex has been outstanding for the Bulldogs and obviously with Frank (Pritchard) getting injured he has moved over to the left-hand side and is playing 80 minutes, something he probably wasn't doing last year and he has just simplified his game," Morris said..
"I think he's now getting out there and running hard making people wary of him."
Morris meanwhile faces a tough task marking Queensland star Greg Inglis, who has been dominating at fullback for South Sydney.
"In my eyes (Inglis) is still the best centre in the world, he is a very dangerous player," he said.
"You have just got to get as close as possible and try not to get fended in the face and made to look like a fool."