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Blues’ Cordner ready to finish Origin job

By AAP Newswire

NSW captain Boyd Cordner insists he's ready to play 80 minutes on Wednesday night despite a minor calf strain disrupting his preparation for State of Origin III.

Cordner will enter the game-three clash with just two training sessions under his belt after being sidelined since injuring his calf in the Blues' game two win.

The Blues second-rower had been in doubt until participating in a field session on Sunday afternoon, before also taking part in Tuesday's captain's run at Suncorp Stadium.

"I told everyone it was sweet early on last week but with the long week, we just thought we'd use every bit of time we had to make certain. Pulled up really well after Sunday," Cordner said.

"As long as I knew it was good in my head, that's the only thing that matters."

The injury came a year after Cordner suffered a similar issue before last year's decider, when the Kangaroos star went to the lengths of consulting an energy healer to play.

He played in a losing side, and missed a total of seven weeks for the Sydney Roosters.

But Cordner, who has already been rested for the Roosters' clash against Gold Coast on Sunday, is adamant the injury wasn't as severe this time around.

"I'm glad I did put in that early work, it set me up for a really good week," he said.

"Other than that, it was normal physio as planned. Nothing out of the ordinary. I didn't have to stay up any extra hours because of how good it was feeling.

"I just got on with my week as normal, obviously minus the training load."

Blues coach Brad Fittler selected Tariq Sims on the bench as cover for Cordner, but said he had always planned on giving his captain until kick off to prove his fitness.

"I wasn't worried with Boyd purely because we had Tariq there. Tariq's been there the whole time, has trained the whole time with us," Fittler said.

"But he's been good from the first session that he felt comfortable and was going to be right."

Now, a year after the heartbreak of losing game three at the same venue, Cordner will lift the shield in his second season leading the state.

"We're just going to come out and enjoy playing up here. It's what Origin's all about, coming up to Suncorp and playing against a packed stadium here yelling at you," he said.

"We've prepared well throughout this camp and we want to come and make it 3-0."