Queensland coach Mal Meninga has welcomed the prospect of NSW upping the ante in the niggling stakes in State of Origin II in Melbourne on Wednesday night.
Meninga says they have adopted a "whatever it
takes" attitude to win game two but has dismissed Blues claims they used
dirty tactics in their 11-10 Origin I victory in Sydney.
hooker Robbie Farah reckoned his side were "too clean" in Origin I and
Blues prop James Tamou said they would up the "grubbyness" factor at the
At a dual press conference with Blues coach Laurie Daley at
the MCG on Monday, Meninga said the Maroons would be ready for anything.
"Bring it on," he said.
"That's good. We have prepared for it all week - that's what Origin is all about
"You need that attitude and character, that aggressive outlook and mindset to play Origin footy - that's why it is so great.
"If that's the case we have prepared for it."
Asked if NSW's dirty tactics claims were correct, Meninga said: "I don't think so.
"We play with an aggressive mindset.
"I think NSW play with a fairly aggressive mindset too.
"We want to be successful. We will do whatever is needed to win that footy game."
dismissed fitness concerns for Billy Slater but expected the Blues to
target his shoulder which may require season-ending surgery after game
He also gave the green light to prop Matt Scott (knee).