‘Not 100 per cent’: Slater explains shock axing

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Queensland coach Billy Slater says Selwyn Cobbo is “not fairly 100 per cent” and had been getting by way of video games with injections as he defined the shock determination to go away the Broncos star out of his Queensland examination for the second State of Origin conflict on the MCG subsequent Wednesday.

Cobbo, who got here off the bench and performed a key position within the Maroons opening win after fullback Reece Walsh was concussed within the seventh minute of the 38-10 win over NSW, one in every of two adjustments to the staff made by Slater.

Former Bronco Kurt Capewell will change Cobbo on the bench with Felise Kaufusi known as in to the 17 for J’maine Hopgood who’s out with a again harm.

Slater mentioned after a “prolonged and deep” dialog with Cobbo he felt it was the “neatest thing” for the staff to go away him out realizing he wants gamers as near 100 per cent match as attainable to try to seals the sequence and s

“Selwyn will not be fairly 100 per cent in the mean time,” Slater mentioned on Monday morning.

“He has been taking part in with injections and that kind of stuff.

“Collectively, with a couple of issues he wish to work on in his recreation, we felt it was finest for Selwyn to have a relaxation.

“Selwyn has simply turned 22 and we neglect these guys are younger and nonetheless creating bodily and nonetheless creating their recreation and constructing that consistency.

“It’s not one-size-fits all, I felt it was the suitable factor for Selwyn to have a break and he’ll put on a Maroons jersey once more.

“I’ve an incredible relationship with Selwyn. I had a prolonged and deep dialogue with him yesterday.

“We’re all on the identical web page.”

The 11-day stand-down interval for Walsh ended on Sunday and Slater confirmed the Maroons fullback could be a sure starter within the No.1 jersey, regardless of Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow’s beautiful return as his fill-in within the opening match.

“Reece has obtained clearance, he’s good,” he mentioned.

“Reece is Queensland’s fullback. Hammer is Queensland’s centre and I noticed a good bit of kind in Reece’s preparation (earlier than Sport One) and I’m wanting ahead to him going after his recreation.”

Slater mentioned the 5 adjustments made by NSW, together with recalling Latrell Mitchell, didn;t change his focus within the quest for 3 straight sequence titles.

“They’ve nice gamers, we’re not disrespectful to that or them as a collective,” he mentioned.

“We gained’t disrespect our recreation both, that’s our precedence. They’re a harmful staff with good gamers. We are going to concentrate on what they create as soccer gamers. That’s an argument for another person.

“My focus and vitality goes to our preparation. Everybody has their job and can do their job. My job is to assist the gamers be at their finest for 80 minutes on the MCG.”

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