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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

James Roberts hunting more ball in Origin II

NSW Blues centre James Roberts says while he is reasonably happy with the start to his Origin career, he is hoping to get more involved in attack in his second Origin this Sunday night.
The Broncos speedster also said his troublesome Achilles wasn't troubling him at all at training as he eyes off some more running in attack in game two.
Roberts is known for his blistering speed and ability to score long-range tries but had plenty of work to do in defence in Origin I as a fired-up Queensland skipper Greg Inglis hunted the Blues' new-look right side. Stats show Roberts made 16 tackles – the most of any NSW outside back and just two behind Inglis's 18, which was the most of any outside back in the match.
While Roberts recorded three missed tackles in the game (two on Inglis and one on Valentine Holmes), in all three cases he either finished off the tackle after the original fend or slowed down the runner for his teammates to shut down the play.
"Yeah he's a class player and one of the best to ever put on the Queensland jersey let alone in the centres as well," Roberts told when asked about backing up his assignment of containing one of the best centres of the past 30 years.
"I've got my hands full again this week and I just need to try and get a bit more involved than last game and just make my tackles."
Roberts's 58 metres was the lowest return of any outside back in game one and he was the only one of the 10 not to bust a tackle.
Pressed on his attacking chances, Roberts said it was an area he hoped would improve as his right edge of Nathan Cleary and Tyson Frizell/Angus Crichton got more time together.
"It was just the way the game went, sometimes you don't get as much ball and you make a few more tackles," Roberts said.
"I thought we were pretty busy in their attacking area, they were getting me and Cleary a bit but I thought we did a good job out there.
"I'm not too sure [about the stats] to be honest, at that time I was just focused on doing my job and making my tackles, that's the only thing I can do and the only thing I can control."