NSW coach Laurie Daley has promised to stick with halves Trent Hodkinson and Mitchell Pearce for Origin II despite the pair's late yips in the Blues 11-10 loss to Queensland on Wednesday night.
Peter Mata'utia has spent the year plugging gaps for Paul McGregor, so he is confident about providing cover for Josh Dugan and maintaining St George Illawarra's early-season momentum through the demanding State of Origin period.
Penrith's Matt Moylan crashed the party of opposing Manly fullback Brett Stewart, as the Panthers came from behind to score an 11-10 NRL win over the Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval on Monday.
St George Illawarra's stunning resurgence is built on defensive discipline, but captain Ben Creagh has demanded the Dragons develop a more ruthless edge if they are to cement a top four place this season.
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St George Illawarra halves partners Gareth Widdop and Benji Marshall believe the team's attack is yet to hit top gear despite running in five tries during Sunday's 32-18 win over Canberra at WIN Stadium.
If Laurie Daley had one eye on Tyson Frizell as a possible State of Origin bolter before, the Dragons wrecking ball would have his full attention following Sunday's man-of-the-match performance at WIN Stadium.