James Maloney of the NSW Blues kicks for goal.
James Maloney of the NSW Blues kicks for goal. DAVE HUNT

Maloney reveals his big regret from Origin II

NOT too often will a half admit to regretting a try assist.

But that's exactly how James Maloney feels about a play that got the Blues rolling towards a series victory, only to see a 10-point lead go up in smoke in the second half.

When NSW was carving up in the early stages of Origin II at ANZ Stadium, it was Maloney and the left edge doing the damage, with both Jarryd Hayne and Brett Morris hitting the scoreboard.

But Maloney would take the try back off Morris if he could, after his sideline conversion attempt hooked away, costing his side the two points that lost them the game.

Rather than chip himself about that goal kick, Maloney has rewound the tape a minute or so to identify his biggest disappointment from the game.

"I did look back at BMoz's try and I didn't see Haynesy," Maloney said.

"I didn't know he'd cut inside me and I thought 'gee, if I look in there and give it to him, then we kick the goal'. But it's one of those things.

"There's probably five or six moments in a game where things happen and if we execute one of them better, the game would have been different and that's Origin.

"There's never much in it and you've got to be at your best for 80 minutes."

The hypotheticals roll on but in the end the Blues weren't good enough, with the series momentum shift knocking Maloney off his axis for the best part of 10 days before he put the disappointment behind him to star in Cronulla's thumping of the Roosters.

"It's amazing how your moods go up and down with wins and losses," Maloney said.

"It's just a game I suppose but the NRL season's like that in itself and I suppose how big Origin is, it magnifies the feelings. The highs are higher and the lows are harder.

"Massive highs after game one and even the first half of game two, it was all really good and very enjoyable but then obviously the disappointment that comes with game two as well, it takes its toll, and that rocked me a little bit.

"On the back-up I was awful the next week, on backup against Manly, I just think mentally I wasn't right to go, so it was nice to have a good win on the weekend."

News Corp Australia


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