Michael Maguire Confident in Nicho Hynes Ahead of Origin Opener

Michael Maguire Confident in Nicho Hynes Ahead of Origin Opener

Blues coach Michael Maguire has dismissed any doubts about Nicho Hynes’ credentials based on his recent performance against the Panthers, emphasizing the rookie half’s impressive start to the season. Hynes, a former Dally M winner, has been instrumental in the Sharks’ league-leading position, boasting 12 try assists and consistent goal accuracy. Michael Maguire Confident in Nicho Hynes Ahead of Origin Opener

Michael Maguire Confident in Nicho Hynes Ahead of Origin Opener

Recent Struggles Don’t Define Hynes

In a challenging game against Penrith, Hynes faced difficulties, including two kicks out on the full and an HIA that led to his early exit due to a calf concern. Despite this, Maguire remains unwavering in his support, urging critics to consider Hynes’ overall performance this season.

“Don’t worry about that one. Not at all. Have you watched the previous 10 games that he’s played?” Maguire responded when questioned about the Penrith game. He emphasized that players often face such setbacks and that Hynes’ previous games are a testament to his capabilities.Michael Maguire is expecting great things from Nicho Hynes in the Origin opener. (Image: Matt King/Getty Images)

Michael Maguire Confident in Nicho Hynes Ahead of Origin Opener

Preparing for the Biggest Stage

Hynes is set to play the biggest game of his career, looking to redeem himself after a tough debut off the bench a year ago, which led to his omission for the rest of the series. Maguire believes that the experience will serve Hynes well.

“Everyone faces a little bit of adversity in their career and he’s no different. He’s prepared really well and he knows his role coming into this game,” Maguire said, dismissing concerns from last year’s performance.

Injury Concerns and Goalkicking Duties

Although Hynes had a calf injury last week, Maguire assured that his playmaker is “100 percent” fit and is likely to take on goalkicking responsibilities over Zac Lomax and Stephen Crichton. This confidence in Hynes’ readiness speaks volumes about his importance to the team.

Maroons’ Strategy and Hynes

Despite Queensland great Cameron Smith urging the Maroons to target Hynes, coach Billy Slater indicated that this isn’t part of their strategy. “If you put too much energy into one opposition player, you forget about your task,” Slater noted, emphasizing a holistic game approach.The Maroons say they won’t target Hynes after his poor game against Penrith. (Image: Tom Parrish)

NSW Fullback Situation and James Tedesco

The build-up to this year’s Origin series has been relatively calm. Maguire chose not to engage with comments from Maroons legend Gorden Tallis, who criticized James Tedesco’s recall after Dylan Edwards was ruled out. Maguire focused on team preparation, highlighting Tedesco’s readiness and experience.

“It’s all about what we’re doing in camp, and that’s how I’ve always done it,” Maguire said, praising Tedesco’s current form and his fit within the new game plan.

Adapting to Changes

The unfortunate injury to Edwards, who was leading Dally M voting before the injury, opens the door for Tedesco to reclaim his No.1 jersey. Maguire is confident in Tedesco’s ability to adapt and enhance the team’s strategy.

“We’ve made a few changes with how we wanted to play, but I’ve also looked at the players that I’ve selected. I really like to bring in the qualities of the players in each position out in the way that we want to play,” Maguire explained, stressing the importance of playing to each player’s strengths within the team structure.

As the Blues prepare for the Origin opener, Maguire’s confidence in his squad, particularly Nicho Hynes, sets a positive tone for the much-anticipated clash.

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Source: https://nit.com.au/04-06-2024/11797/dont-worry-about-that-one-maguire-fires-back-at-hynes-critics

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