Balonne Barwon under 43kg rugby league players (clockwise, from left) Queensland fans Lochie Waters, Chris Peirson, Lathan Cubby, (NSW fans) Farren Lamb, Rory Cheal and Jake Henry have split origin allegiances during this week’s zone 5 carnival at Clifton.
Balonne Barwon under 43kg rugby league players (clockwise, from left) Queensland fans Lochie Waters, Chris Peirson, Lathan Cubby, (NSW fans) Farren Lamb, Rory Cheal and Jake Henry have split origin allegiances during this week’s zone 5 carnival at Clifton. Gerard Walsh

Cross-border rivalry over Origin

ST GEORGE pair Lathan Cubby and Lochie Waters will take time out from the zone 5 under 43kg rugby league carnival at Clifton this week to watch the State of Origin decider.

The boys both play for the Balonne Barwon team which has players from both sides of the border.

They agree it will be the Maroons by 12 points.

Lathan reckons Queensland hooker Cameron Smith will be player of the match while Lochie believes that the Maroons will win it in the backs.

Fellow Queenslander and Balonne Barwon player Chris Peirson reckons the Queensland team “rocks” and has no doubt the victory will be by 24 points.

Across the border in New South Wales but at Clifton this week, the New South Wales players in the Balonne Barwon team are equally confident they will be celebrating tomorrow morning.

Farren Lamb from Goodooga has no doubt New South Wales five-eighth Jamie Soward will be the difference between the two sides.

Rory Cheal hails from Lightning Ridge and suggests New South Wales has proved to be the best side already this year.

“The Blues by 10,” he said.

Fellow Lightning Ridge player Jake Henry was impressed by the effort of Blues captain Paul Gallen in the last game.

“He will do it again,” Jake said.

The Clifton carnival this week has attracted eight teams from South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

Both Balonne Barwon and Macintyre teams cross the border between the rugby league arch-enemies.

Former Queensland State of Origin player Adrian Vowles is one player to make a mark in a zone five carnival and go on to the best competition in the land. He played in the winning Cunnamulla side in 1981.



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