Scott happy to share 'enforcer' tag
Hard-hitting NSW back-rower Beau Scott says despite the absence of the regular "Bruise Brothers" Paul Gallen and Greg Bird, there are some youngsters in this year's side for Origin I who will ensure he's not the only man wearing the 'enforcer' tag.
Scott, who gave key Maroons playmaker Johnathan Thurston a torrid time in last year's series and again in Newcastle's Round 2 win over the Cowboys, nominated a pair of Bulldogs debutants as a couple of players to bring the fight to the Maroons.
"I don't know about that," Scott said when asked about being the Blues' only recognised enforcer this season.
"We've got some new debutants I'm looking forward to playing with in Josh Jackson and big Dave Klemmer, I'm sure they're willing to put their hands up, those big boppers."
It's no secret Scott will again look to harass Thurston, while left-edge forward Ryan Hoffman will look to do a similar job on his former Storm clubmate Cooper Cronk.
"I guess it's sort of the roles of people who play in my position is to shut down the halves and the five-eighths of the team and the people that make a difference," Scott said.
When it comes to the debutants, Klemmer in particular is known for his no-holds-barred fiery style of play and will be expected to bring plenty of aggression off the bench when he is introduced in Game I – most likely in the late stages of the first half.
Centre Josh Morris added the debutants had added plenty of fresh energy already just one day into camp.
"They're new faces and with new faces comes that excitement of their first camp and being in the side so you can definitely feel it and it's going to be good to see them out on the training park as well," Morris said.
While Scott has a role to play on the Blues' right edge tightening up the defence and making life hard for Thurston, Morris will again be expected to try and keep Maroons left centre Greg Inglis under wraps – a job he has performed admirably in recent series.
"I guess it's a whole team role [keeping Queensland's attack from firing]," Morris said.
"We need to make sure we're shutting down their key players and not giving them enough time to make the right decisions and that's going to involve the whole team from the middle to the outside working together.
"We certainly unsettled them in that regard [last year] and we'll be looking to do that again this year."
Last year's victorious skipper Paul Gallen is spending the early stages of the camp with the team in Coffs Harbour to impart some experience to the younger faces but is keen not to attract any media attention in order to avoid providing a distraction. Penrith fullback Matt Moylan and the team's 18th man, Dragon Tyson Frizell, are also in camp soaking up the week as Blues of the future.
"I think Gal's going to be good for them [the younger players] obviously, he'll have a chat to them and tell them what to expect," Morris said.
"It's just good having him around the camp. Obviously it's disappointing he's not here for Game One but it's good to still have him around the boys."
Scott also welcomed Gallen's contribution to the early part of the camp.
"He's going to be involved in the series one way or another so for him to be here in camp in Coffs Harbour it's a big effort for him," Scott said.
"I saw Gal this morning, he's shown his face today, he'll pop his head into a training session and see how we're going."
Morris, who along with twin Brett wove themselves into Origin folklore last year playing through serious injuries in the Game I win making crucial tackles, said players will again be expected to play to their very limits and put their bodies through hell.
"That's just Origin isn't it, it gets harder every year, it gets faster and the hits get bigger and that's what makes Origin so great, to be able to stand there and be able to come away with a victory is very satisfying in the toughest arena," he said.
"I think the whole side was ready to do that last year. I think we saw that from Beau Scott when he collapsed in the sheds after Game I, everyone had just worked their butts off to try and get that victory in the first game. To go back to Sydney and win in front of all our fans was very satisfying."