Maroons hooker Harry Grant has fired back at Nicho Hynes after the Blues star said the Melbourne No.9 would be his first target if the 'Cattledog' cry was announced. The State of Origin arena has seen its fair share of fists thrown over the years with the 'Cattledog' cry often starting the scuffles.
The term was made famous in the 1997 series when Blues great Tommy Raudonikis called out the war-cry to spark an all-in brawl. Earlier in the week, Hynes took a cheeky dig at Grant and claimed he would target his former teammate if 'Cattledog' was called.
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However, Grant was having none of it. Michael Ennis asked the Maroons No.14 what his response was when Hynes' sledge was put ti him. And he didn't appear worried in the slightest.
"Couldn't fight his way out of a wet paper bag mate, he is hopeless," Grant said. "He wouldn't want to fight with those good looks of his, he's too precious."
Both players are expected to come off the bench throughout the game. Hynes will be making his debut for New South Wales and is expected to slot in at No.9.
Grant supported Ben Hunt from the bench last year as their lethal combination was one of the shining lights for the Maroons in their State of Origin win.
Nicho Hynes prepared for role change
Hynes also appeared on Fox Sports' NRL 360 and discussed the potential roles he could play on his Origin debut. The Sharks playmaker said he has been training in different positions to prepare for whatever is thrown at him.
“Whenever I go on I’ll just go out and play footy. I’ll practice different positions all week and build combinations on both sides of the field and in the middle of the field so I’ll be prepared as much as I can to go on there and play any position possible,” Hynes told the show.
“I think so, it could be an advantage (as) a bigger body in the middle or on the edge if I have to be out there,” Hynes said on his size.
“They’re all strong players in the middle so I’ll have to get my shoulder pads on if I’m in the middle. It could be an advantage for me, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
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