Maroons centre Kurt Capewell is assured he can restrict Blues star Tom Trbojevic as Queensland coach Paul Green put the warmth on his ahead pack to muscle up in the center.
Trbojevic will likely be out for extra maroon blood at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday evening when NSW look to safe the 2021 State of Origin collection with a Game Two win.
The Manly star and fellow centre Latrell Mitchell had been excellent in NSW’s report 50-6 Game One win a fortnight in the past, combining for 5 tries in a dominant efficiency to sink Queensland.
Capewell, who scored Queensland’s solely strive in Origin I, was marking Trbojevic in the Townsville bloodbath, though the Blues weapon did harm all over the area after being given a licence to roam.
A backrower with Penrith, Capewell is pinch-hitting at centre for the Maroons on account of a three-quarter scarcity however stated he was able to make amends for his Origin I failing.
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“He (Trbojevic) is a great player, he did me up once and I will work on that,” he stated.
“As for him going through our middles, that’s something I can help with too. I can push us in and tighten us up. It’s a full team improvement there and hopefully we can shut him down.
“I’m more than confident playing centre. I have done the job a couple of times now and look forward to the challenge.
“Playing back row at club land is fun, but getting the chance to move out a bit wider in the centres is something I enjoy.”
Trbojevic ran for 178m and scored three tries in a sensational efficiency in Townsville.
He made dents in Queensland’s ahead pack together with his carries, an space the Maroons are decided to show round at Suncorp.
The return of prop Josh Papalii from suspension will tighten up Queensland’s center third defence and Green stated it might take a workforce effort to restrict Trbojevic.
“We’re not going to stop him from doing that (roaming), he will still do that, it’s what he does well,” he stated.
“We need to be a bit more physical through the middle part. That will certainly help us handle those other guys.
“We got beaten in the middle part of the field in Game One. Those guys will make a huge difference.”
Trbojevic and Mitchell performed off the again of NSW’s robust carries and kick returns, particularly from metre-eating winger Brian To’o.
Maroons five-eighth Cameron Munster stated he and halfback Daly Cherry-Evans needed to give the Blues the ball in powerful areas to restrict Trbojevic’s affect.
“He’s got spiders on him,” Munster stated.
“He is going well. I’m happy for him, he’s a good lad.
“I know we’re not going to be able to limit his involvement, but we’ve got to limit where we put the ball for him and get into him.
“He is a little roamer. He loves getting around the ball.
“We know it’s happening so we’ve got to try and stop it.”
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