Lockyer?s pumped up

BRISBANE ? Cometh the hour, cometh the man. And when it comes to rugby league, Origin deciders don't come much bigger.

Especially when it is celebrat- ing its 25th anniversary.

But NSW coach Ricky Stuart is sweating on which player will stake his claim at Suncorp Stadi- um tonight ? Blues halfback An- drew Johns or Maroons pivot Darren Lockyer. Johns produced a sublime dis- play to level the series in Origin II last month.

But Stuart said the scheming No.7 would have to be "more dominant'' if the Blues were to become only the second NSW team to come back from 1-0 down and win an Origin series.

Stuart was more concerned about Lockyer, saying the Queensland skipper was due for a "big game''. "He's come out and said that personally he hasn't been too hap- py with his first two games,'' Stu- art said at the Blues' final train- ing session yesterday.

"When such a great player comes out and delivers that mes- sage I think you have to show concern as a coach.



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