Boyd Cordner dares Queensland to target Andrew Fifita as NSW plan to capitalise

The Maroons have made no secret of their desire to shut down game-one menace Fifita in Wednesday’s State of Origin clash at ANZ Stadium.

Queensland players have been spotted piling four men into players representing the Cronulla prop at their training in the past week, regularly shouting his name in defence.

But Cordner said that the Maroons putting all their defensive energy on one player would only play into the Blues’ hands.

“If they want to just focus in on one player, we’ve got a lot of strike across the field where we can hurt them,” Cordner said.

Andrew Fifita at NSW training. Source:News Corp Australia

Fifita was the Blues’ best in their 28-4 series-opening win in Brisbane last month.

He busted through seven tackles, scored one try and set up another in a man-of- the-match performance.

And Cordner said he couldn’t see any reason why that performance couldn’t be replicated in Sydney as NSW attempt to clinch the series.

“He played unreal Game I,” Cordner said.

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“To play week in, week out consistent football for his club just shows how good of a player he is.

“He’ll be in for another big game on Wednesday.” The Blues have Monday off, before their final captain’s run at ANZ Stadium on Tuesday.

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They have only one injury concern in the form of Tyson Frizell, but he is expected to be needled up to dim rib pain in order to face Queensland. Cordner also came into camp with questions over his knee after he missed the Sydney Roosters last-start NRL win against the Wests Tigers, but he said it hadn’t hurt his Origin preparations.

“I’ve been in full training this week,” he said.

“Having the game off against the Tigers — which I could have played if I was needed — has given me an extra rest and allowed me to get into training as normal.”

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