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Tim Mannah

Tough ask: NSW forwards Tim Mannah and Ben Creagh. Picture: Mark Evans
Source: The Daily Telegraph

“Taking two specialist props out of your team is always a bit of a gamble.

“I think they (King and Snowden) were pretty unlucky under the circumstances from game one.

“We had the majority of the ball in that first half and they were doing a lot of defending.

“I would take my two blokes (Scott and Civoniceva) any day of the week before a couple of mobile guys.”

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The Blues suffered a front-row mauling in Origin I.

Meninga expressed surprise at Stuart’s strategy, but is wary of the Blues speed and skill.

“In Origin and any game, you need people playing in (specialist) positions, that’s my belief,” Meninga said.

Asked if he would choose just two inexperienced props in the code’s toughest arena, Meninga said: “Only if we were devoid of front-rowers. We haven’t had to make that decision, we have the best front-rowers in the game playing for us,” he said. “Matty Scott, Petero, Benny Hannant, David Shillington, big Dave (Taylor) and Jacob Lillyman … we’re in a very envious position.

“They have picked a very mobile side, very well-skilled.

“They are a bit short on front-rowers but will try and play an up-tempo game.”

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