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Maroons skipper backs Slater for Origin start

Maroons skipper backs Slater for Origin start”

The Maroons are yet to draft in any extra players to cover Slater.

On Sunday winger Valentine Holmes spoke of Slater's importance to the back three but Smith said skipping the final run wouldn't compromise the preparation of the team.

"I'm a little bit concerned but I think he's going to be ok", Walters said on Sky Sports Big Sports Breakfast on Monday morning.

"But we're not at getting ahead of ourselves".

Smith was actually standing behind Slater in the in-goal area when he went over on his ankle and although he suffered a similar injury prior to Game Two in a game against the Sharks, the captain doesn't believe this injury is serious enough to stop Slater from playing.

"Our focus is making sure we deliver an 80 minute performance because we haven't done that thus far this series - I think we owe that to everyone in Queensland".

"I'm not a doctor but he looked pretty good to me".

His successor Boyd Cordner even apologised during his Origin I pre-game press conference for having nothing but nice things to say about his opposition.

Queensland coach Kevin Walters has had a dramatic Origin series to date with injuries and a heavy Game I defeat causing the Maroons camp no shortage of headaches.

"It was just an unfortunate mishap". "To know that I'm sort of thereabouts and in the squad fills me with confidence - and I really hope the boys go well and can win on Wednesday night".

"It was the last drill we were doing and he just went over it".



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