Sport Blues' Cordner ready to finish Origin job

15:02  10 july  2018
15:02  10 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Corder makes bold declaration ahead of Origin III

  Corder makes bold declaration ahead of Origin III New South Wales skipper Boyd Cordner has made a call on his health as he attempts to see the Blues to their first Origin sweep since 2000.The Roosters veteran was seen taking a laid-back approach to the Blues' non-contact training session on Tuesday but said that he was confident that he'd be right to lead out the Blues as they attempt for a rare Origin sweep.

NSW officials have demonstrated their confidence in captain Boyd Cordner overcoming a calf injury to lead the Blues in Origin III by releasing Ryan James to play for Gold Coast in Sunday's NRL derby against Brisbane.

Skipper Boyd Cordner was celebrating after the Blues big win but couldn't remember how it finished . It was the State of Origin revenge he waited exactly 12 months for and Boyd Cordner almost missed it.

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NSW captain Boyd Cordner insists he's ready to play 80 minutes on Wednesday night despite a minor calf strain disrupting his preparation for State of Origin III.

Cordner will enter the game-three clash with just two training sessions under his belt after being sidelined since injuring his calf in the Blues' game two win.

The Blues second-rower had been in doubt until participating in a field session on Sunday afternoon, before also taking part in Tuesday's captain's run at Suncorp Stadium.

'Boyd will lift shield': Blues pledge for doubtful Cordner

  'Boyd will lift shield': Blues pledge for doubtful Cordner James Maloney will give the nod to Boyd Cordner to lift the State of Origin shield if the NSW captain fails to overcome a calf injury before game three.James Maloney will give the nod to Boyd Cordner to lift the State of Origin shield in front of a disappearing Suncorp Stadium crowd if the NSW captain fails to overcome a calf injury for the series finale.

"I think it's our job to take our game and showcase it wherever we can. "There wasn't a lot of talk coming from the Blues camp last year because Gal wasn't there," he said. "Obviously now, Boyd Cordner 's the captain and is quite a softly spoken personality so it may miss that a little bit.

Cordner , who was awarded just the second penalty try in Origin history after being taken out by Ben Hunt in the first half, had more metres than any other Blues forward and was man of the match. And while he missed almost the entire grandstand finish , he was quick to recall how former Blues coach

"I told everyone it was sweet early on last week but with the long week, we just thought we'd use every bit of time we had to make certain. Pulled up really well after Sunday," Cordner said.

"As long as I knew it was good in my head, that's the only thing that matters."

The injury came a year after Cordner suffered a similar issue before last year's decider, when the Kangaroos star went to the lengths of consulting an energy healer to play.

He played in a losing side, and missed a total of seven weeks for the Sydney Roosters.

Boyd Cordner© Jason McCawley/Getty Images Boyd Cordner But Cordner, who has already been rested for the Roosters' clash against Gold Coast on Sunday, is adamant the injury wasn't as severe this time around.

"I'm glad I did put in that early work, it set me up for a really good week," he said.

'If it was worse I would have thought of the Roosters': Cordner's call

  'If it was worse I would have thought of the Roosters': Cordner's call Boyd Cordner is so confident he will get through the Origin finale unscathed he didn't think about the effect on the Roosters in playing game three.The NSW captain will shrug off a minor scare to lead the Blues in their bid for a first clean sweep in 18 years, having replicated the fitness battle he waged before last year's game three in which his side were soundly beaten in a decider.

Cordner , who was awarded just the second penalty try in Origin history after being taken out by Ben Hunt in the first half, had more metres than any other Blues forward and was man of the match. And while he missed almost the entire grandstand finish

NSW captain Boyd Cordner has trained for the first time this State of Origin camp and appears set to play in Origin III.

"Other than that, it was normal physio as planned. Nothing out of the ordinary. I didn't have to stay up any extra hours because of how good it was feeling.

"I just got on with my week as normal, obviously minus the training load."

Blues coach Brad Fittler selected Tariq Sims on the bench as cover for Cordner, but said he had always planned on giving his captain until kick off to prove his fitness.

"I wasn't worried with Boyd purely because we had Tariq there. Tariq's been there the whole time, has trained the whole time with us," Fittler said.

"But he's been good from the first session that he felt comfortable and was going to be right."

Now, a year after the heartbreak of losing game three at the same venue, Cordner will lift the shield in his second season leading the state.

"We're just going to come out and enjoy playing up here. It's what Origin's all about, coming up to Suncorp and playing against a packed stadium here yelling at you," he said.

"We've prepared well throughout this camp and we want to come and make it 3-0."

Klemmer is NSW key for Origin III: Fittler .
NSW coach Brad Fittler believes prop David Klemmer will be key to a State of Origin clean sweep against Queensland on Wednesday.The Blues will attempt to become just the eighth team in Origin history to complete a series whitewash when they face Queensland in the final match of the series at Suncorp Stadium.

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