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FRIDAY JUNE 22 2018 SPORT 21 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA while there was also some uncertainty surrounding his pack. Jordan Kahu, Peta Hiku and Kiwis newcomer Esan Marsters are vying for two centre places. He wants to view video footage of their training session before trimming his 19man squad. Id like to think Im extremely thorough, so I need to make sure Im making the right choices, he said. Ive seen them grow in two ses the wing to accommodate the Newcastle fullback, however, it is more likely Ponga will play as a floating back-row threat and defend in the front line once injected. Lockyer admitted Ponga would be challenged by the positional switch and expected NSW to test him out. Theres no doubt if hes on, with 30 minutes to go, that NSW will probably target him if hes in the front line, because hes not used to that, Lockyer said. But hes a good kid with a good attitude and will be ready for whatever comes his way. Defensive accountability will be especially crucial with Queensland having missed 55 tackles in the series-opening loss. Ponga has been doing extra sessions with former Origin star Trevor Gillmeister, who was dubbed the minister for defence earlier this week by chief selector Gene Miles. Maguire delays naming Kiwis Test team MICHAEL Maguire will take an extra day to name his New Zealand side to face England in Denver as the new coach mulls his best centre combination. The Kiwis team for the oneoff Test on Sunday was to be unveiled after their second training run yesterday. However, Maguire who was appointed in May to replace David Kidwell conceded he hadnt established his premier centre combination, sions. But its two sessions. Training was of high qual ity which gives me some good decisions to have to make. Maguire confirmed Dallin Watene-Zelezniak would start at fullback, where he has shone for Penrith this year, with Ken Maumalo and Broncos Jamayne Isaako poised to make their New Zealand debuts on the wing. Te Maire Martin and Kodi Nikorima are the only logical halves combination. Defensive test awaits Ponga should he debut QUEENSLAND great Darren Lockyer expects rookie Kalyn Ponga to prove his mettle despite predicting the 20-yearold will be targeted in defence in State of Origin II in Sydney. The Maroons were incident-free at training yesterday on the Gold Coast, with concerns Dylan Napa (ankle) and Billy Slater (hamstring) both set to feature in Sundays must-win clash. Slater hasnt ruled out moving from No.1 to WILL Chambers admits he was found out in Origin I but has fired a message to the NSW whiz-kid who tormented him at the MCG, telling Latrell Mitchell it wont happen again. Boom Blues centre Mitchell helped consign Chambers to the worst performance of his Origin career, with the Maroons centre missing a staggering eight tackles in Queenslands 22-12 loss in the series opener. It was an uncharacteristic display from the ultra-reliable Chambers, who produced an outstanding debut for Queens in Origin II on Sunday night and Chambers is determined not to be shown up again by the NSW rookie, who turned 21 last Saturday. It wasnt my best performance, Chambers said as he re Northern Territory product Will Chambers, the Melbourne and Australian star, training with Queensland at the Gold Coasts Sanctuary Cove Resort Picture: DARREN ENGLAND Chambers out to even the score with Latrell land in 2014 and has been devastating on kick returns in his eight-game Origin career. But in Mitchell, so often compared to Greg Inglis with his rangy size and lethal fend, the Blues believe they have the three-quarter gem to get under the skin of the mentally tough Chambers. On the eve of Origin I, the Queenslanders were confident Chambers hard-headed experience would see him monster NSW debutant Mitchell. Instead, the young gun shot down Australias World Cupwinning centre. Mitchell has been cleared of a neck injury to take his place flected on his duel with Mitchell in Origin I. The reality is I got found out on the big stage and I dont want it to happen again. It was disappointing and its something I had to work on and I have worked on my defence. Lets see how we go. I went back to clubland on the weekend and got myself ready to go on Sunday night. It is testament to Mitchells natural ability that he was able to navigate the pressures of an Origin debut to outpoint Chambers, who has won two premierships as a 183-game Storm stalwart. But Chambers is one of the NRLs most combative competitors and is hellbent on hitting back at ANZ Stadium. I just need to make the tackle and stop the person, he said. I didnt do that well at all in Origin I. I missed eight tackles and thats not good enough from me, but thats footy, I dont make those defensive mistakes every week. On the big stage you need to perform and thats what I was most disappointed about. I didnt do what I wanted to do and I have to learn from it. I have gone back to the drawing board and worked on my defence, so I need to bounce back on Sunday night. PETER BADEL For NSW, its going to be Black and Blues SYDNEY Olympic Parks Pullman Hotel will turn All Black and Blues tomorrow when the NSW Origin players gather for an impromptu bonding session to celebrate Tyson Frizells little brothers debut for the All Blacks. A little more than 24 hours before they try to secure their own series win in Origin II just across the road, the Blues will get together to watch flanker Shannon Frizell represent New Zealand in the third Test against France in Dunedin. The Blues will complete their captains run at nearby ANZ Stadium around 3.45pm before rushing back to a hotel team room to watch Frizell complete the haka. Frizells parents, Sophia and Andrew, were planning to watch Tyson at ANZ Stadium but will now travel to New Zealands South Island to see Shannons big moment. Im sure all the boys wouldnt mind sitting down and watching the game with him, NSW chief adviser Greg Alexander said. It would be a good way to bring the boys together, Im sure it will be a proud moment for Tyson. It will be a massive 24 hours for Tyson, 26, and Shannon, 24, who is playing his first season of Super Rugby with the Highlanders. Shannon grew up with an adopted family in Tonga, while Tyson was raised in Sydney. The pair have always been close. Immigration laws prevented the brothers growing up together. Its very exciting and Im very proud, Tyson said. Our parents were getting ready to come to Origin but they are now flying over to New Zealand from Australia. They will stay over there with him for a few days and they will also go and visit some family over there. If I could get over there, Id be over there supporting him. He will make his debut, I spoke to him two days ago, and he let me know. Finally he got his chance. Unfortunately I wont be able to be there because they play Saturday night. It is remarkable two brothers can carve out such successful careers in both rugby codes. Both are known for their size, strength and aggression. DEAN RITCHIE STATE OF ORIGIN - GAME TWO NSW V QUEENSLAND SUNDAY, ANZ STADIUM, 7.10PM WATCH LIVE ON
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