GETTING READY: Even with 12 games of Origin under his belt, Blues centre Josh Morris knows a full week in camp is the ideal preparation for such a big game.
GETTING READY: Even with 12 games of Origin under his belt, Blues centre Josh Morris knows a full week in camp is the ideal preparation for such a big game. Trevor Veale

Blues hit camp for Origin II

COMPARING the lead-up NSW centre Josh Morris is having this week for Origin to his preparation for the series opener is like chalk and cheese.

Morris admits the full-time preparation he’s enjoyed alongside his teammates since arriving in Coffs Harbour on Tuesday will make performing well on rugby league’s biggest stage next week easier.

“Obviously, last game was a bit up and down,” Morris said.

“When I found out I was 18th man I didn’t participate in the ball work sessions as much as I would have liked, then had to do some catching up when I came back into camp.

“Being named in the centres and to know you’re starting, you get the full week’s preparation, so I’m looking forward to that.”

The Blues will be flying direct to Brisbane tomorrow afternoon on a chartered Virgin Australia flight, but not before squeezing in a couple of weekend training sessions at the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort’s elite training centre.

Chasing a win at Suncorp Stadium – something the Blues have done only once in their past eight attempts – Morris said spending time with Canterbury teammate Josh Jackson, who will be playing on his inside shoulder, and Roosters winger Blake Ferguson will help make the right-hand- side attack a genuine threat to the Queensland defence.

“(Ferguson) played outside me and he did a great job and we worked well together in Origin I,” he said.

“We had good communication together and he got through a fair bit of work.

“Jacko, I know what he does for our club side each week so I know he’s not going to let me down either.

“I guess it’s about working on our combinations that we have in club footy and transferring it into this side as well.”



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