Todd Carney of the Blues looks on during game two of the ARL State of Origin series between the NSW Blues and the Qld Maroons at ANZ Stadium on June 13 in Sydney.
Todd Carney of the Blues looks on during game two of the ARL State of Origin series between the NSW Blues and the Qld Maroons at ANZ Stadium on June 13 in Sydney. Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

Carney could fall apart: Smith

QUEENSLAND captain Cameron Smith says NSW five-eighth Todd Carney will be one of a number of Blues players whose games could fall apart if they are pressured during the State of Origin decider.

After an ordinary game one, Carney was far more influential in the Sydney match but he will have a target on his head in the Suncorp Stadium finale tomorrow night with the Maroons well aware of his rocks or diamonds reputation.

''Toddy's a great player and he's in great form this year but it's a different environment playing [Origin] at Suncorp in front of 50,000 Queenslanders giving the Blues hell,'' Smith said.

''If you apply a bit of pressure to those players they can fall into bad habits. We have to make sure we're doing our job with the football first and then when the opportunities in defence present themselves to put pressure on those certain players we'll do that.''

Carney admitted nerves got the better of him before State of Origin I in Melbourne. Blues coach Ricky Stuart will be hoping the Maroons do not repeat their first 40 minutes of last year's series decider when they farewelled skipper Darren Lockyer on the back of a near flawless first half in which they completed their first 20 sets without an error to lead 24-0.

>> To read more head to the Brisbane Times website. 



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