Captain's run to determine Cordner's fate
Blues skipper Boyd Cordner remains on track to take his place in the NSW pack for the State of Origin decider but says he won't make a final call on his fitness until Tuesday's captain's run.
The 25-year-old hasn't played since injuring his calf in the Game Two loss at ANZ Stadium and has been racing the clock ever since in a bid to line up in what many people are calling the biggest Origin match in history.
Cordner missed his side's first training run last week but got through an opposed session with the Titans' Holden Cup squad on Sunday in a sign he is more likely than not to take on the Maroons on Wednesday night.
"I got through our training run yesterday and the body feels good," he said.
"I've done everything that's been asked of me training-wise and I've been doing everything I can [to get it right]. At this stage it looks pretty good although we've still got a captain's run tomorrow.
"I was probably more nervous before yesterday's training run. It was a pretty big session – we had an opposed session and I got through most of that, and today it pulled up pretty good as well.
"I was basically at 100 per cent on Sunday… and I ticked off a few things there. It sort of put my mind at ease a bit.
"It's all good signs, but we've still got a captain's run tomorrow so hopefully it can get through that."
Cordner has spent the past week at the Blues' Kingscliff base using state-of-the-art technology in a bid to speed up the recovery process, and while he would love nothing more than to lead NSW onto Suncorp Stadium, there is no way he'll put himself before the team.
The workhorse back-rower will make a final call on his fitness after Tuesday's captain's run, with contingency plans in place should he be ruled out.
"Like I said earlier in the week, if I didn't think I was right to go or 100 per cent in my head, I wouldn't be that selfish. I'll always put the team before myself and I've always done that. It's no different now so if I'm not 100 per cent then I won't play but at the moment I'm feeling pretty good," he said.
"To be honest, at the start of the week I was deadest up in the air whether I would be right or not, but then come Wednesday and Thursday, it really took a turn.
"I've been working really closely with the medical staff here in NSW and they've been nothing but awesome. Working with them I've done everything possible to get right and it's actually feeling pretty good."