Brett Morris hoping Origin drought may be broken

Brett Morris doesn’t have any problems scoring for the Dragons.NSW winger Brett Morris admits to being frustrated by it all.Having broken into the Blues line-up this year, his ultra-impressive try-scoring record has been tarnished.Morris is still on zero from two starts in a team blown away by Queensland’s march to a fifth-consecutive State of Origin crown. Full coverage of the Dragons This is the same man listed as the shortest-priced first try scorer in rugby league history this year, such is his knack for putting on the Dragons’ opening points.The Kiama kid has bagged 39 four-pointers in 38 NRL games in the past two years wearing the Red V.The 23-year-old left-wing wonder was a late call-up for Australia’s end-of-season Four Nations tour last year and has gone on to score eight tries in five appearances in green and gold.So while NSW’s trophy cabinet may be bare for another year, Morris is desperate to make it third-time lucky in Sydney on Wednesday.”Yeah, definitely,” he said.”I’ve had a bit of success playing on the wing for Australia with the tries and some good games.”Origin is the pinnacle of rugby league, it’s the hardest game to play and I haven’t made my mark yet. I think it’s fair to say that.”Hopefully we can get a bit of ball (on Wednesday) and show people what we can do.”Morris’ opportunities in 160 minutes of Origin have been limited.Pretty much everything he’s tried during the series has – for one reason or another – failed to come off.The most accurate reflection of Morris’ time in sky blue came when he was denied a try in the closing stages of game two in Brisbane.The result was already beyond doubt by the time Morris put in a neat grubber kick past Israel Folau and Billy Slater, before running around them and planting the ball down. The only problem was that Morris had also rolled the ball between the legs of NSW replacement Kurt Gidley, who was caught in the crossfire and penalised for being offside and obstructing Slater.Morris’ only clear break in the two Origin clashes was in the first half in Brisbane with a sweeping run down the left touchline before trying a chip kick.But instead of regathering, the ball fell favourably for Slater to return fire with a counter-attack of his own.Morris knows the task of breaking his Origin duck to help deliver a NSW victory will be that much harder because of AFL-bound Queensland winger Israel Folau’s farewell.”They’ll be looking to send him out on a big note,” Morris said.”He’d love one of those tries he scores off kicks and I think there’s going to be a lot of bombs coming my way, but that’s part of your job as a winger.”You’ve got to defuse the bombs and Izzy is probably the best jumper in the game, so it’s a great challenge.”Morris said he hasn’t developed any AFL-style catching techniques to attempt to shut down Folau, who will join the new Greater Western Sydney franchise next year.”I haven’t even thought about practising the AFL leap – I think (Folau’s) got it down to a tee,” he said.”I’ve got my own technique, but I definitely don’t get as high as him.”We’ll obviously just have to work hard at training to get certain players in position to shield myself and we’ll go from there.”Folau scored two in Origin II as the all-Dragons left side of Morris, Matt Cooper and Ben Creagh were caught short on a number of occasions.This time he’ll be playing in a revamped Blues team next to the in-form Penrith centre Michael Jennings.The pair played together for Australia last year, but on that occasion Jennings was on the other side of the field.”I feel a lot more comfortable with those (Dragons) guys there, you play with them week in, week out,” Morris said.”But that’s not to say the guys that are inside me, I won’t feel comfortable with.”We’re just going to have to work together over the week to get things right, but guys don’t get picked in rep teams because they’re bad defenders.”I’m sure we’ll work hard on it and get our structures right.”For all of Morris’ personal ambition to put his stamp on rugby league’s greatest stage on Wednesday, he says he’d happily let the scoreless streak continue if it meant NSW turned the tables on the Maroons.”As a winger you like to be scoring tries to know you’re doing your job and not just hanging out with the footy players,” Morris said.”So I’ll be looking to score a try.”Definitely a try would be nice, but I want a win.”I haven’t experienced a win on the Origin level and it’s something I’ll really be trying to do, and with training this week we’ll be putting ourselves in the best position to do that.”
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