TARGETED: Billy Slater’s shoulder injury could need surgery after game two.
TARGETED: Billy Slater’s shoulder injury could need surgery after game two. DAVE HUNTAAP

Billy Slater in NSW crosshairs in Game 2

NEW South Wales prop Aaron Woods has confirmed Maroons custodian Billy Slater will be one of the prime targets for the Blues in game two of Origin at the MCG on Wednesday night.

Reports have suggested Slater's shoulder injury, which he carried into game one in Sydney last month and has kept him sidelined from the Storm's NRL assignments since, could need potentially season-ending surgery after game two.

Woods told reporters at the NSW training camp at Coffs Harbour that Slater would be tested more than he was in the series opener that Queensland won 11-10, thanks to a last-minute Cooper Cronk field goal.

"He is one of their better players, we have to shut him down so obviously we are going to kick to him, we have to present a straight line (in defence) and get stuck into him early," Woods said.

"You can't really hide in Origin. It is a physical, quick game, he will get tested out there.

"In Origin you can't get away with anything."

The West Tigers prop, who had a strong game in his team's loss to the Titans last Friday night, admitted the Blues defence had not done its job well enough in game one in shutting down Slater, Darius Boyd and Will Chambers, who was again outstanding in just his second Origin appearance.

"I thought their back three killed us last game so we have to get up them," Woods said.

"Our kick-chase wasn't good enough. We went up with a split line, Billy found holes, we have to fix that up.

"Will Chambers burnt us as well, he was running nice and hard ... we just can't let them get easy metres like they did."

The Queensland players spent yesterday morning putting some young locals through a coaching clinic in Melbourne.



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