QUEENSLAND star Chris McQueen says his form has fallen away to such an extent following his debut Origin series that feared being dropped by South Sydney.
After a quiet couple of weeks against Gold Coast and North Queensland, McQueen bounced back to something approaching his best in Friday’s loss to Melbourne, making 29 tackles and carting the ball for 94 metres.
“I was really down on myself – I was probably the worst player on the field against the Cowboys,” McQueen, 26, tells RLW.
“Errors, missed tackles … I was really bad. I worked hard and had a good look at my game and did whatever I could to turn it around.
“I’m a lot happier with the way I play this week. I had a talk to Madge (coach Michael Maguire) and I think I’ve been pretty consistent this year.
“There was no issue about losing my spot this week but I knew if I didn’t turn it around, that was definitely a possibility. I talked to him about what I needed to do and he said ‘just go back to basics’.
“I had to do what I was doing before the Origin series – just running hard, getting involved and making my tackles. I felt like I did that a lot better.”
Despite his efforts, however, the Rabbitohs go into Friday night’s BlueTongue Stadium game showdown with Manly on the back of three losses from their previous four games.
“They’ve been a great side for the last 10 years and they do everything really sharply,” McQueen said. “They’re clinical and I think that’s what we lacked and what we’ve lacked over the last few weeks.
“(Against North Queensland) we were embarrassing, (against Melbourne) the effort was there for the whole 80. We just didn’t do the little things, the one-percenters, our last play options, giving away a few penalties.
“We got a kick up the backside from Madge. Everyone’s concentration … everyone was more aggressive going into the game. We knew it’s come down to the business end of the year and there’s a lot more at stake. We just have to get the job done.”
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