Queensland show vested interest in Fifita

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    There are no prizes for guessing who Queensland will target in State of Origin II after their first official training session for the must-win clash in Sydney.

    Maroons forwards such as Dylan Napa took turns wearing a coloured vest to represent hulking NSW prop Andrew Fifita in Queensland defensive drills at their Gold Coast camp on Friday.

    Time and again the name “Fifita” was called before up to four defenders swarmed on the vested player once he received the ball.

    But Maroons bench utility Michael Morgan admitted stopping Fifita was easier said than done.

    Queensland are still smarting from the Cronulla enforcer’s man of the match effort which inspired NSW’s record 28-4 game one win in Brisbane.

    “He’s been in some really good form for Cronulla and obviously he had a great game in game one so we’d be silly not to do a bit of preparation on him as an individual,” Morgan said.

    “Across the park they have good individual players but him in particular really stood out in game one and he took that form back to the Sharks as well.”

    Morgan tried to explain why Fifita was just so hard to stop.

    “As a team defensively he’s not your typical front-rower where he will take it up and a normal three-man tackle and it’s over,” he said.

    “He’s got really good footwork. He’s a different shaped body, really long legs and he is hard to handle.

    “It’s as a team that we’ll have to try and control him.

    “When he’s carrying, as a team we all have to be alert because he’s the kind of player who can create something out of nothing.”

    Morgan said it was important to blunt Fifita and stop NSW “feeding” off his energy.

    “You saw Jimmy Maloney score a try off the back of him, (James) Tedesco through the middle (in game one),” he said.

    “They play off the back of him so yes they do get a lift out of it.

    “When he’s carrying they all probably expect something to happen so everyone gets that little bit of energy and something happens.”

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    • Roar Guru

      June 17th 2017 @ 10:53am
      eagleJack said | June 17th 2017 @ 10:53am | ! Report

      When Fifita went off for an HIA the NSW forwards continued to roll through the middle. I’ve never seen focusing on one player only end well. And if they didn’t know that Fifita was a danger prior to Game I, and prepare accordingly, then they mustn’t watch much rugby league.

      • June 19th 2017 @ 10:56am
        Mushi said | June 19th 2017 @ 10:56am | ! Report

        I suspect that this is selective reporting EJ.

    • June 17th 2017 @ 5:27pm
      David Holden said | June 17th 2017 @ 5:27pm | ! Report

      Fifita is a key player, but committing 3 to 4 players to take him down time after time must leave room for the Blues back row to have big games. I think Frizzell, Graham and Cordner will all be dominant this game.

    • June 17th 2017 @ 10:30pm
      Chook said | June 17th 2017 @ 10:30pm | ! Report

      It sounds like the recipe for another massacre….but….I will believe it when it happens

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