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New South Wales are set to make history in game three with a chance to sweep the series. Brad Fittler spoke to the media ahead of the clash (credit NSWBlues twitter)

New South Wales are set to make history in game three with a chance to sweep the series. Brad Fittler spoke to the media ahead of the clash

Brad Fittler’s New South Wales side are on the cusp of making history. The Blues are attempting to clean sweep the Origin series for the first time since 2000. New South Wales have lost Nathan Cleary for match-three, who is out with a shoulder injury. However, Fittler is confident that his side can cover this loss ahead of the final match. Fittler spoke to the media on Monday morning regarding Origin three.

Speaking on Monday, Fittler spoke on Nathan Cleary’s injury and bringing Mitchell Moses into the squad as a replacement.

“Very fortunate I get to give Mitchell a chance. Obviously, no one wants to see anyone get injured, but Nathan got injured in the last game and will be out for a few weeks, so I’m very excited to give him (Moses) an opportunity.” he said.

Jack Wighton has been the subject of a lot of discussions recently. With the Raiders, five-eight struggling for form as Canberra also struggles. With a new baby at home, Fittler believes that Origin three is a chance for Wighton to revitalize himself.

“It’s not working that well at the Canberra Raiders, so he’s started to question what he’s doing and how he’s doing it. Hopefully, by game day, he’s not questioning anything.”

Fittler said of Wighton becoming a father and being away from his new baby.

“Well, firstly, he gets to sleep and get nice and relaxed. I am sure he would rather be at home with his wife and new baby. I have no doubt in the world that he will add a lot of value to our team.”

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Fittler revealed that Daniel Saifiti has ruled himself out and will miss the upcoming series after speaking to the team doctor.

“Daniel Saifiti has a rib cartilage problem, and he won’t play game three. Dale Finucane will move from the 18 into the 17. We’re going to make a decision on our 18th, 19th and 20th later today.”

Further speaking on injuries suffered by NSW players, Fittler was relieved that these have come after the series had been won.

“I’d like to think we’d handle it in the same way if it weren’t in this situation. It also makes the challenge a little harder; it would be easy to relax and throw caution to the win. I feel like this is our biggest challenge.”

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Origin three is a match still full of unknowns. With the COVID situation in New South Wales currently very serious, It is becoming more and more evident that if a crowd is to attend, Sydney will not be the host.

Melbourne is a possible host city for game three, the city has become the countries sporting hub in recent weeks with both the AFL and Super Netball taking place in the city. Newcastle has also been floated as a possible hosting venue, with the city not experiencing as many COVID cases as Sydney.

Fittler, when asked about a possible venue for the match, did not seem worried about where the game may be played.

“That’s up to the NRL. I have no idea where they are going to play.

I feel like they want to play at ANZ Stadium, which I would love them to play at ANZ stadium, that is our home ground. Apart from that, Newcastle would be wonderful.

With New South Wales being so dominant in the first two matches hosted in Queensland, NSW will also go in as favourites for game three. This is a New South Wales side that looks just as dominant as the Queensland side that won eight series in a row during the mid-2000s.

Fittler is determined to stay as the coach of New South Wales going forward.

“I’ve got another year, we agreed leading up to this series, and I really appreciate the faith they’ve shown in me and my coaching staff.

“I love the job and the stuff that goes with the job. I get the opportunity to do a lot of other stuff around the job.”

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With New South Wales having the opportunity to make the series 3-0, Fittler is determined to keep the foot on the throat in what could be described as a dead rubber game.

“I think this is a great team, and we’ve lost a few players, which makes the challenge harder. To be a great team, you must be able to do it when it does not always matter. So, this is the greatest challenge of our year”.

While some logistics are unknown for Origin three. New South Wales is set to make history and attempt a clean sweep of Queensland on the 14th of July, with kick-off coming at 8:10 pm.

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