ST GEORGE Illawarra’s NSW contingent represent the Blues new guard and coming up against some of the men they ousted is an intriguing factor in Monday’s clash with Canterbury.
Bulldogs forwards Aaron Woods and Josg Jackson were mainstays for the Blues throughout Laurie Daley’s tenure but were overlooked by new coach Brad Fittler for this year’s series.
Paul Vaughan and Jack de Belin were given Origin debuts in their place while Tariq Sims was Fittler’s 18th man. It could certainly add some spice to Monday’s showdown at ANZ Stadium and Sims said he’s expecting the entire Bulldogs pack to have a point to prove.
“I’m excited to go up against Josh Jackson because, for one, I’ve played a fair bit of Country rugby league with him and everyone knows he’s as tough as nails,” Sims said.
“They’re seasoned superstars. They’ve been at the highest level of football for so many years and I don’t expect anything less than their best game on the weekend.”