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Campo says Ferguson a NSW contender

Canberra skipper Terry Campese has plumped for Blake Ferguson's NSW State of Origin selection after a star turn by the centre in their upset win over Melbourne.
Campo says Ferguson a NSW contender
by AAP

By Melissa Woods

MELBOURNE, May 4 AAP - Canberra skipper Terry Campese has plumped for Blake Ferguson's NSW State of Origin selection after a star turn by the centre in their upset win over Melbourne.

Ferguson scored two first half tries as the Raiders ended the Storm's unbeaten start to the NRL season with a 24-20 victory at AAMI Park.

He finished up with a 16 point haul with his goal-kicking also on target.

The athletic 23-year-old showed his pace and power to completely outplay his opposite Justin O'Neill and cause havoc down Melbourne's frail right flank.

Ferguson hit the headlines early this season when he was banned for a match for drinking alcohol on the roof of his house with axed fullback Josh Dugan and missing a recovery session.

He then suffered a fractured cheekbone in the Raiders' round four clash against Newcastle with this match his second back.

Campese said his teammate had the skills to press his claims for an Origin berth up against Blues incumbent Michael Jennings.

"I think so," Campese said when asked whether Ferguson was putting his name forward for selection.

"The way he defended he was very strong and with the ball he was palming them off and scored a couple of tries as well.

"I knew he was up for a big game, you could tell he wanted to go out there and play his best.

"Throughout the week he prepared the best I've seen he prepared and it showed on the football field."

Canberra coach David Furner said that Ferguson had come a long way.

"He's done a lot of hard work, although he's still got some to do.

"If he keeps creating opportunities where he can use his footwork and his fend and be nice and aggressive in defence then he's going to put his name forward."


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