Meticulous rehab pays Origin II dividends for Cameron Murray

New South Wales ahead Cameron Murray says he by no means held considerations over his means to beat a groin damage in time for the essential second State of Origin match.

Murray suffered the damage in South Sydney’s defeat of Gold Coast on June 3, limping from the sphere and starting a race to line up for the Blues at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday evening.

NSW coach Brad Fittler conceded early final week that choosing Murray in his workforce for Recreation II was a danger, given the 25-year-old would solely have his first full coaching session on the day earlier than the Blues flew out to Brisbane.

However the Rabbitohs captain made it by that session unscathed on Sunday and put in a considerable amount of work within the earlier session coaching two days earlier than.

Murray declared at no level did he worry he would miss the second recreation, the place the Blues are preventing to degree the sequence in entrance of a hostile Queensland crowd.

“Probably not,” he mentioned.

“I’m actually grateful for (Fittler) trusting me to undergo my rehab earlier on within the camp after which get myself proper now.

“I jumped on the again of the suggestions from numerous the physios and so they mentioned there’s a superb chance you’ll be capable to play so I simply made certain I did all the pieces I may.

“It’s paid off and I’m able to go.

“I’m actually proud of the way in which coaching went on Sunday.”

Murray started Blues camp finishing separate rehabilitation periods with Latrell Mitchell and Liam Martin, who each entered preparations underneath damage clouds of their very own.

Mitchell has since did not get better from his calf damage and will likely be changed within the centres by Stephen Crichton, whereas Martin was in some doubt with a head knock.

Murray didn’t imagine lacking time at coaching would put himself or Martin at a drawback.

“It didn’t really feel like I missed a lot,” he mentioned.

“I simply did my finest to attach as a lot as I may whereas I used to be doing my rehab stuff.

“We made certain that we bought across the boys as a lot as attainable and we had been within the huddles when there was some suggestions getting thrown round.

“We made certain we had been fairly near the scrimmage and all of the little drills that they had been doing.”

The Blues’ finest participant in Recreation I, Penrith ahead Martin is commonly derided as a “pest” by teammates and rivals alike.

However Murray claimed to have dodged the twin premiership winner’s antics throughout their time in rehab collectively.

“I feel he’s a selective pest,” Murray mentioned.

“I feel he solely pesters choose individuals. He’s fairly good to me.”