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Cronk says Origin field goal in the past

It was a career-highlight moment yet Melbourne halfback Cooper Cronk says he has forgotten his field goal that clinched Queensland a seventh straight State of Origin series last year.
Cronk says Origin field goal in the past
by AAP

By Wayne Heming

BRISBANE, May 31 AAP - It was a career-highlight moment yet Melbourne halfback Cooper Cronk says he has forgotten his field goal that clinched Queensland a seventh straight State of Origin series last year.

"I missed one (field goal) against Manly a few weeks ago," Cronk pointed out when reminded of his defining drop goal which proved the difference between the two states.

"I don't really like looking back on it.

"I'm loath to talk about it to be honest.

"There's so many moments that contributed to the outcome."

The Storm star has established himself in the No.7 jumper for both Queensland and Australia since Darren Lockyer's retirement prompted Johnathan Thurston to slide out to five-eighth.

He and Thurston face the 15th different halves combination field by NSW since Queensland kick-started their record series roll in 2006.

Rookie Blues coach and former champion five-eighth Laurie Daley has pinned his faith in Sydney Roosters teammates Mitchell Pearce and rookie James Maloney to orchestrate a victory at ANZ Stadium.

While playing together in the NRL every week will be a bonus, Cronk believes the pair still must cope with Origin, which is a big step up from the NRL.

"They (Pearce and Maloney) are a talking point," he said.

"Their club combination and form has no doubt contributed to their selection but Origin is a very different battle.

"There's still the same number of players on the field but Origin tests your mental character and tests your ability to perform under intense circumstances."

Queensland would prefer a dry track at ANZ Stadium to suit their style but Cronk said they'd be prepared for any conditions on the night.

"We're professional football players, we'll play in any conditions.

"The motto for this team is we'll play NSW in any conditions, anywhere, anytime, any place and do whatever it takes to get the job done.

"We probably haven't had that much success down at ANZ Stadium but a lot of blokes have played a lot of games there now.

"The field is different to Suncorp (Stadium), it's heavier on the top of the surface but if the weather conditions permit we'll play the style and brand of football needed to win the game."

Queensland had an abysmal early record at the former Olympic Stadium, recording 10 losses and a draw before breaking their drought with a 16-14 win in the third game of the 2006 series.

Recently, Queensland have won six of their past 10 games at the Sydney ground - including two series-deciding games in 2006 and 2008.


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