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Sport Fittler takes cheeky swipe at Smith retirement

13:05  11 july  2018
13:05  11 july  2018 Source:   wwos.ninemsn.com.au

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New South Wales coach Brad Fittler has taken a swipe at recently- retired Maroons legend Cameron Smith , by suggesting he ducked this 12 months’s new-look Blues squad. Smith ’s retirement three weeks out from Sport 1 shocked many, and the Maroons have suffered within the absence of the

Cameron Smith was honoured pre-match but this was always going to be Slater’s night. He was given the honour of captaining the side but wanted more The Maroons were rocked by the retirement of Cameron Smith just weeks out from Game 1 and Blues coach Brad Fittler has thrown out a theory as

New South Wales coach Brad Fittler has taken a swipe at recently-retired Maroons legend Cameron Smith, by suggesting he ducked this year’s new-look Blues squad.

Smith’s retirement three weeks out from Game 1 shocked many, and the Maroons have suffered in the absence of the 35-year-old.

"For whatever reason he might have thought we were picking 11 players that were harder than what he wanted to take on this year," Fittler told Fairfax Media.

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Brad Fittler has taken a pop at Cameron Smith by suggesting the former Queensland captain ended his State of Origin career in fear of being exposed Blues coach Fittler questioned Smith 's decision to quit on the eve of the final match of the third and final match of the series at Suncorp Stadium.

New South Wales Blues coach Brad Fittler has taken a cheeky swipe at Queensland State of Origin legend Cameron Smith , claiming he chickened out of Smith made his shock announcement about his retirement from representative football just weeks prior to this year's series. Scroll down for video.

While Fittler’s squad has impressed Origin fans, there has been a sentiment about this year’s crop being lucky with the Maroons missing Smith along with fellow Origin mainstays Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk. 

Brad Fittler wearing glasses and smiling at the camera © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd However, Fittler said that while Smith’s retirement was an obvious help, it did not change his approach to the series overall.

"Whatever I was doing I just amped it up [with Smith's retirement] because when Cameron’s there there’s a level of focus you always need because he can have the type of game that breaks you down quite easily if you’re not on your game,” Fittler said.

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"Cameron retires and [Queensland] players are injured, I don't know why, but we can’t control that at all.

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Fittler questions Smith retirement . Omnisport10 July 2018, 11:45 GMT. Brad Fittler has taken a pop at Cameron Smith by suggesting the former Queensland captain ended his State of Origin career in fear of being exposed by a new-look Blues side.

Fittler questions Smith retirement . OmnisportJuly 10, 2018, 11:45 AM GMT. Brad Fittler has taken a pop at Cameron Smith by suggesting the former Queensland captain ended his State of Origin career in fear of being exposed by a new-look Blues side.

"You take Cameron Smith out, who’s a really good player – he’s a vital one – but 11 new blokes took them on and beat them, and did the same the second game."

Fittler took a further jab at Queensland by suggesting that New South Wales had taken over the state in other levels of competition.

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"NSW has done a really good job at winning just about everything. They’ve won all the age groups the last couple of years, they’ve won the women’s [Origin] now,” he said.

“Obviously Queensland have fallen behind somewhere.”

Fittler’s Blues will aim to finish off the job tonight as they aim to secure their first Origin sweep since 2000. 

Darren Lockyer wearing a suit and tie: As Queensland set out to farewell, Billy Slater in style, Maroons legend, Darren Lockyer previews State of Origin Game III. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd As Queensland set out to farewell, Billy Slater in style, Maroons legend, Darren Lockyer previews State of Origin Game III.

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