Parker’s hoping to keep cool in the Origin decider
QUEENSLAND has vowed to ignore any niggling tactics by New South Wales which could hit new heights in tomorrow's Origin decider, with rugby league's 'Master Menace' Michael Ennis expected to step into the hooking role.
Experienced Maroons forward Corey Parker, who was engaged in a runnng battle with young Blues enforcer David Klemmer at the MCG in game two, said his team would concentrate on playing footy.
"From our point of view, it doesn't do us any good (to get caught up in it)," Parker said.
"If you get bogged down and play games instead of the game that is rugby league, then I guess you can tend to get off track."
While Queensland will do its best to avoid being dragged into a niggle-fest, Parker admitted Origin pride and passion could often boil over.
"They've got blue on, we've got maroon and there's a lot of pride when you pull those jerseys on, so it should be an epic game," the 33-year-old lock said.
The potential combination of Ennis, tipped to replace injured dummy half Robbie Farah (fractured hand), and Klemmer, whose game two assaults have dominated decider talk, would be an explosive mix.
Parker said Ennis would have been waiting for his chance to play Origin again, just as he had when recalled by Mal Meninga in 2011 after five years in the representative wilderness.
"It's funny how football works. You keep plodding away doing your job and hoping you might get another opportunity - and this is his opportunity," he said.
He also said Ennis' excellent football skills were often overlooked because of his ability to put rivals off their game, earning him the menace tag.
"He (Ennis) is very misunderstood, especially by you guys (media)," Parker said about his former Broncos teammate.
"We can all be misunderstood.
"Mick is one of those guys you hate to play against but love to play with ... but there's a lot of those guys out there."
Meanwhile, NSW coach Laurie Daley stepped into the debate about Klemmer's aggressive tactics in game two, saying the young firebrand would dish up more of the same tomorrow night.
"Anyone who knows Klemm, that's who he is, that's what he's about," Daley said.
"He trains hard and plays hard, but off the field he is one of the most respectful boys I've had anything to do with.
" He's respectful to everybody, teammates, staff, the public, anyone who approaches him.
"He's a wonderful boy and I am just glad he is on my side."