Dugan: Ready For Inglis
By Martin Gabor (NRL.com)
While the Queensland Maroons have a seemingly endless artillery of attacking firepower at their disposal, no player instils more fear into opposition ranks than Greg Inglis.
The Rabbitohs, Maroons and Kangaroos superstar has terrorised opposition teams - be it at fullback or centre - and has his targets set on NSW Blues counterpart Josh Dugan for the State of Origin series opener next Wednesday.
While Dugan has made a name for himself with the No.1 on his back, the 26-year-old will have to square-off against Inglis in the relatively unfamiliar centre position.
He started the year on the right edge for the first two rounds and also lined up at centre for the Kangaroos in the Trans-Tasman Test alongside great mate Blake Ferguson.
The pair is set to rekindle that combination for the Blues in Game One and Dugan is confident they'll be able to work well to handle anything the Maroons throw their way.
"It's a challenge but one that I'm looking forward to. I've just got to prepare this week and with the help of all the boys around me and that sort of thing I think I can get the job done next week," the Dragons fullback said.
"I felt like we defended pretty well on that right edge so I'm looking forward to getting into training this week and preparing well.
"I think the Test helped us. We only trained twice but just having that friendship already [means] you sort of know each other's tendencies and that sort of thing and you're already on the same page so with a few more training sessions I think we'll be right."
Having watched Josh Morris nullify Inglis's attacking prowess over the years, Dugan said he wouldn't hesitate to seek out advice from his teammate on how to best handle the Maroons superstar centre.
"I've spoken to him here and there but I'm sure I'll speak to him during the week and he'll be helping me out as much as he can," Dugan said.
"That's the sort of bloke 'J-Moz' is; he's a great bloke, he's a great player and it's good to have someone like that around you."