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Scott expected to join Maroons

Scott expected to join Maroons

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Last update The 29/06/2012 at 06:36 -
By Eurosport - The 29/06/2012 at 06:36
Forward Matt Scott is expected to enter Queensland State of Origin camp at Coolum late on Friday after spending time with his grieving family following his mother's funeral on Wednesday.
 

Maroons coach Mal Meninga wants to talk to Scott about his emotional state before he finalises his forward line-up for Wednesday night's series decider at Suncorp Stadium.

"We'll see how Matty Scott feels at the back end of the week and then we'll make some decision on who we put on the bench," said Meninga.

Scott's teammates are expecting him to want to start Wednesday night's game and are prepared to give him as much emotional support as he needs going into the clash.

The Maroons will use the weekend to work on new combinations, with confirmation that Greg Inglis will move to fullback for injured custodian Billy Slater and Dane Nielsen will come in at left centre.

Brisbane's Ben Te'o has grabbed an Origin debut on the bench at the expense of South Sydney's Dave Taylor with Meninga clearly keen to match NSW's aggression.

Meninga however bristled at claims his players had been "out-muscled" in the first two Origin games in Melbourne and Sydney.

"There was four points in it and we had a chance to win the game so I don't think we were out-muscled," said Meninga.

"We didn't execute as well as we could and we made more mistakes in that game (Origin II) than we have in the past six years.

"That comes from pressure from the NSW side and we've got to handle it better because they played really well."

Meninga will be looking for a repeat of Queensland's exemplary opening half in Darren Lockyer's farewell game at Suncorp Stadium in last year series' decider.

Queensland won the game 34-24 after racing out to a 24-0 lead on the back of a near flawless opening 40 minutes in which they completed their opening 20 sets.

 
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