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Sport Holmes reveals Maroons' focus on Fifita

21:55  19 june  2017
21:55  19 june  2017 Source:   msn.com

Origin ban best thing for me: Holmes

  Origin ban best thing for me: Holmes Cronulla star Valentine Holmes reckons a 12-month State of Origin ban was the best thing that could have happened to him ahead of his Queensland debut.Not that it was much fun at the time.

Holmes reveals Maroons ' focus on Fifita . Queensland's Valentine Holmes has revealed stopping Cronulla teammate Andrew Fifita has occupied a lot of the Maroons ' attention ahead of State of Origin II. Holmes said the Blues prop had occupied a lot of the Maroons ' attention after Fifita ran amok in

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Valentine Holmes has revealed Queensland have tapped into his inside knowledge of Cronulla teammate Andrew Fifita in order to stop the NSW wrecking ball in State of Origin II.© Chris Hyde/Getty Images Valentine Holmes has revealed Queensland have tapped into his inside knowledge of Cronulla teammate Andrew Fifita in order to stop the NSW wrecking ball in State of Origin II. Valentine Holmes has revealed Queensland have tapped into his inside knowledge of Cronulla teammate Andrew Fifita in order to stop the NSW wrecking ball in State of Origin II.

Holmes said the Blues prop had occupied a lot of the Maroons' attention after Fifita ran amok in the Blues' 28-4 game one victory at Suncorp Stadium.

In a performance that's been likened to Queensland great Arthur Beetson and called the best Origin performance in the 27-year history of the interstate series, Fifita ran for 168 metres, scored one try, had another try assist and busted seven tackles.

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  Holmes says ban was best thing for him Cronulla star Valentine Holmes reckons a 12-month State of Origin ban was the best thing that could have happened to him ahead of his Queensland debut.Not that it was much fun at the time.

4dDarren Arthur. Fifita chooses Tonga over NSW Origin. 6dAAP. NRL grand final to remain in Sydney. But Holmes doesn't believe that even a game-breaking performance would get him selected in the Maroons squad.

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Melbourne forward, and noted defender, Tim Glasby is expected to start at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night after being drafted into the Maroons side to help nullify Fifita's influence.

Holmes, who will debut for his state after earning his first Australian Test cap last year, said Queensland coach Kevin Walters and his staff had spent a lot of time focusing on Fifita and attempting to quell his rampant running game.

"We were talking more about Andrew Fifita, he played really well against us," Holmes told Fox Sports' NRL 360.

"It was more about controlling his leg speed and to hit together and stop his offloads. He's got a good offload on him and he runs the ball very awkwardly.

Comment: Queensland are different, but the result won’t be

  Comment: Queensland are different, but the result won’t be Yes, it’s a better Queensland team than the one they fielded in State of Origin 1. No, it’s still not good enough to beat NSW in Game 2.Not if everyone involved in the game at ANZ Stadium next Wednesday plays at or near their potential.The only way the result from game one, which NSW won 28-4, could be turned around is if the Maroons improve considerably and the Blues drop a couple of notches.I don’t see all of that happening.The return of Johnathan Thurston alone would have made Queensland better, even if they had declined to make any other changes.

New South Wales prop Andrew Fifita has declared Queensland are better than any other national team he's played before. With six Tests for Australia and six Origins to his name, Fifita believes his Maroon counterparts have challenged him far more than any other team in his representative career so far.

Fifita also revealed Lodge had helped him when he was suffering depression and spent time in rehabilitation during the 2015 off-season. State Team. Selected NSW Blues. Selected QLD Maroons . Selected No favourite. Please select a.

"He's a very hard person to tackle. He's the main person we're worried about and obviously the two halves (James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce) as well."

The influence of Cronulla's premiership-winning side was clearly visible in NSW's game one win with Fifita, Maloney, back-rower Wade Graham and utility Jack Bird playing key roles and their combinations paying dividends.

Holmes will be one of five Sharks on the park on Wednesday night, however, the lone Cronulla player in the Queensland line up.

The 21-year-old said he would take great pride in getting the better of Maloney and Fifita.

Asked which of his teammates he most wanted to beat, he said: "Probably Andrew and James Maloney.

"Wadeo and Birdie are pretty proud of me."

State of Origin 2017: Andrew Fifita riled by Josh McGuire's post-match sledge .
NSW prop Andrew Fifita has revealed a verbal tirade from the Queenslanders after full-time will be stored in the memory bank as motivation as the Blues head to Suncorp Stadium for a decider.Fairfax Media understands Maroons lock Josh McGuire let fly with what has been described as a "disrespectful" sledge at Fifita as the exhausted Blues prop slumped to his haunches after full-time on Wednesday night.

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