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Changes to Blues’ Origin lineup smacks of panic, says Maroons great

Queensland State of Origin nice Billy Moore claims NSW have panicked by making mass adjustments for recreation two, whereas warning the Maroons can’t anticipate such a straightforward trip in Perth.

Brad Fittler’s squad hit the coaching floor on Tuesday, with seven adjustments made to the aspect that misplaced Origin I 16-10 in Sydney.

Coach Brad Fittler has added a distinctly Penrith flavour to the Blues for game two of the State of Origin.

Coach Brad Fittler has added a distinctly Penrith flavour to the Blues for recreation two of the State of Origin.Credit score:Getty

Solely a kind of – centre Jack Wighton (COVID-19) – was enforced by unavailability, with the rest on type.

In addition to bringing backrower Cameron Murray into the beginning aspect and recalling Jake Trbojevic for Reagan Campbell-Gillard at prop, Fittler has added a distinctly Penrith flavour to the Blues.

Canterbury’s Matt Burton, who was a part of Penrith’s grand ultimate successful aspect final yr, will exchange Wighton, whereas Api Koroisau has dislodged Damien Cook dinner as NSW’s premier hooker. Stephen Crichton will begin within the different centre berth.

“It smells a bit like panic to me,” Moore advised AAP. “We [Queensland] solely gained by the smallest of margins.

“There’s no lack of respect from us. Whenever you push somebody right into a nook, they arrive out fired up, and the Maroons should be higher in Perth.

“The Blues have put all their chips on the desk by ‘Pantherising’ their assault and including a splash of James Tedesco.

“I perceive the adjustments they’ve made by bringing that Penrith mixture in, and it’s a extremely potent combine, with Isaah Yeo at lock, Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai within the halves, after which Burton and Koroisau at hooker.

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