Nate Myles of the Maroons holds the ball during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin captain's run at Etihad Stadium on May 22, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.
Nate Myles of the Maroons holds the ball during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin captain's run at Etihad Stadium on May 22, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. Scott Barbour - Getty Images

Myles' straight bat to barb by Bird

VETERAN Queensland second-rower Nate Myles has chosen respect over cheap shots by refusing to return fire over the latest barb by lippy Blues hardman Greg Bird.

Instead of pillorying his Titan teammate over his claim this week that NSW wanted to win next Wednesday's Origin decider at Suncorp Stadium more than Queensland, Myles preferred to talk about the threat Bird posed.

He labelled him the "heart and soul" of NSW and admitted their personal duel in Origin II was the most ferocious yet.

"I think that's (the intense rivalry) always been there. I just don't think it's sort of come to a head like that before," Myles said after the Maroons finished a spirited workout at a Sunshine Coast boxing gym yesterday.

"That's Birdy's domain. That's why he's such a great player, because he takes those games by both hands.

"He was terrific for them in game two.

"And we're going to have to come out … not be aggressive in a ridiculous way, but we're going to have to play aggressive football to get the win."

Queensland was forced indoors yesterday after a scheduled training run at Stockland Sunshine Coast Stadium was cancelled.

Myles admitted he was missing not having injured Maroons lock Ashley Harrison in camp this week after his Titans teammate was ruled out with a broken toe.

He said it was Harrison's guiding influence he missed the most.

However, he said Harrison's expected replacement, veteran Bronco Corey Parker, was perfectly equipped to get the job done.

"I sort of try and tag along to Harro in regards to his professionalism off the field," Myles said.

"We'll be looking for experience and there's no one better to do that than Corey … you can't get more experienced than him. I reckon he'll be up for a big one."

Queensland prop Matt Scott attended his mother's funeral yesterday, but Myles said he would not be surprised if the Cowboys enforcer played.

"I don't have any idea what it's like to be in his shoes at the moment," he said.

"It's a tough one there, but knowing Matty Scott … I just think he puts his hand up to do everything.

"That's the way I think he'll approach this week."



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