No thoughts video games, no misdirection, no train-offs throughout camp – a short dialog with Brad Fittler was all it took.
Damien Cook dinner has revealed Fittler gathered he and new beginning hooker Api Koroisau to clear the air as the primary order of enterprise in camp for Origin II.
“As soon as we received into camp, the subsequent morning he simply grabbed Api and myself and was fairly straight up about what we’re doing,” Cook dinner instructed Huge World of Sports activities.
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“We will go together with two hookers and Api was going to start out, and that is all that was actually spoken about.
“We each simply moved on with what we have to get executed for this week and what our jobs shall be to work collectively for no matter it takes to get the win.”
Cook dinner was moved to the bench to accommodate Penrith’s Api Koroisau within the beginning group, with the Blues choosing a two hooker rotation in Perth.
“I used to be very happy for Api – he is been enjoying some actually good footy and he is been nothing however supportive of me whereas we have been in camp,” Cook dinner mentioned.
“I like coaching alongside him, he is somebody I watch as a hooker and love what he does as effectively – I do know he’ll go on the market and do a great job and it is my flip to again him up every time I can.
“He is received nice deception across the ruck. He performs with plenty of time and I really feel like he’ll manipulate the markers quite a bit and he’ll have combos on the market to start out the sport with Yo-ee (Isaah Yeo) and the halves as effectively.”
The addition of Koroisau implies that three-quarters of the playmaking positions at the moment are Panthers, together with James Tedesco.
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“Between that backbone, with Teddy as effectively, I believe we are able to get off to a very good begin and hopefully once I come on we’re in a great place, which I am positive we shall be,” Cook dinner mentioned.
Modifications have been at all times going to return after a disappointing loss within the Origin opener, however Cook dinner is remaining upbeat.
“It has been fairly spoken about how we simply misplaced the ruck. We fought exhausting the entire sport, simply operating out of time there – who is aware of what might have occurred with even 5 further seconds?” Cook dinner mentioned.
“So there’s some good indicators there however we’d like some enhancements, and the massive one’s the ruck. They did very well and that is why the likes of Ben Hunt and Harry received to have some pleasure off the again of that.”
Each Andrew Johns and Paul Gallen backed Cook dinner to return on and play the ‘Craig Wing position’ for the Blues – an element he mentioned he’d gladly play.
“We have best-case situations [for when I come on] that we are able to work off however you by no means understand how that sport’s going to go. There might be accidents in different positions, however hopefully not,” Cook dinner mentioned.
“For me coming off the bench it is simply going to be actually necessary to return on and alter the sport, convey that vitality for the massive boys and ensure they get good service.”
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It is price nothing that he is received loads of expertise coming off the bench – earlier than he was Damien Cook dinner, Origin and worldwide hooker, he was the change-of-pace choice on the Rabbitohs behind the likes of Cameron McInnes and Robbie Farah. He lastly locked down the No.9 jersey in 2018.
“One factor you study from coming off the bench in a couple of video games is that you do not wish to overdo issues and overplay your hand,” he mentioned.
“You wish to be sure to keep calm and nonetheless make the suitable choices whereas making an impression on the identical time.”
Cook dinner made his Origin debut that very same yr in Brad Fittler’s first sequence as coach, and together with Tedesco is the one man to play in each Blues group since.
“It is loopy to suppose that I’ve performed all these video games below him, and I am very grateful that he is put that belief in me to be right here – however you continue to pinch your self each time you get requested to return again in right here, it doesn’t matter what jersey quantity you are sporting.
“That is the fifth season now and it is fairly particular – I nonetheless do not get a lot time to look again on it and replicate.”
For any Origin calibre participant, well being and health is crucial, and Cook dinner revealed he has a secret weapon to maintain him in tip prime form.
“Diet’s actually necessary for me – in camp you are very effectively taken care of so at house I am fortunate I’ve received these My Muscle Chef meals, you simply put them within the microwave for 90 seconds and also you’re able to go,” Cook dinner mentioned.
“However aside from that I’ve simply received to prep as finest I can to return out the opposite aspect of this Origin interval, nonetheless enjoying actually good footy.”
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