'Ability is not what wins these games, but it is the attitude of the side and we will be hanging our hat on it.' - coach Kurt Wrigley
The Queensland Under 20 side will be hoping to stain NSW’s unblemished winning streak when they meet tonight (July 13) at ANZ Stadium.
The junior Maroons will draw inspiration from their senior counterparts and have been working hard in camp to put themselves in a place to bring their southern rivals lossless run to an end.
Origin games are usually decided by attitude rather than the talent of the squad and although this side definitely has the latter, Queensland coach Kurt Wrigley is hoping his side displays the former as well.
“Ability is not what wins these games, but it is the attitude of the side and we will be hanging our hat on it,” Wrigley said.
“We have a good side and we will be hoping to bring that winning streak to end on Wednesday.”
Mix of experience
The young Maroons side contains a handful of experienced players who have played in the NRL and there are also some young players who are getting their first taste of the spotlight.
Wrigley is excited to watch the development of all his charges who gathered in camp at Royal Pines last Friday.
“Players like Brodie Croft who has played for Melbourne and Jaydn Su’A who has played for the Broncos will be targeted by the Blues side since they have that NRL experience,” Wrigley said.
“I am excited to see our guys in the centres (Gehamat Shibasaki and Bacho Salam) to see how they combine with the players out wide and what they can come up with.”
Inspired by greatness
The young Queensland side were lucky enough to have a training session with the Maroons on Sunday and Wrigley is hoping it has inspired his side.
“These boys aspire to play in the main game and this is the first step, but it was invaluable for us to see them (Maroons senior side) as a team training together,” Wrigley said.
“The boys were little bit in awe of them at the start, but as the training session went on they were able to hear their talk on the field and see how they conduct themselves in their communication.”
The Queensland Under 20 side have come together in such a short space in time and Wrigley is particularly pleased with the attitude of his side.
“We had a (QAS) camp in February this year with most of the players and it was invaluable to get them together and start planting the seeds of what they stand for in this game,” Wrigley said.
“This is one thing they did not do last year and only time will tell if it has worked for us, but we will be hoping it has given us an advantage.
“I am very pleased with this side, there is no ego in any of the players and it is great as a coach, the way they have come together in the few training sessions we have had in the lead up to this game.”
The Under 20 match between Queensland and NSW will kick off this afternoon at 5.30pm.