Why best sledger in the NRL will decide Origin I

While much of the focus is on Queensland’s left edge and the danger it poses to NSW it might be on the opposite side of the field where Origin I is decided.

On Monday it was confirmed Latrell Mitchell will mark up against Will Chambers on Wednesday night, renewing a rivalry that set off for real in last year’s Origin series and then went to another level in the grand final.

Most give Mitchell the advantage. He is 21 and full of young running while Chambers is 31, his skills approaching an autumn sun.

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But there is a warning for Mitchell – Chambers is regarded as the game’s greatest sledger. Nothing is off limits.

And Mitchell is a noted hothead who has at times been talked off his game with a suitably-placed sledge that got a little too close and personal.

Origin puts players on such an emotional edge the slightest shift can knock them off balance.

Ex-Origin players understood better than most what it sometimes took to win.

It takes an edge.

In their own way Chambers and Mitchell are no different.

Originally published as Why best sledger in the NRL will decide Origin I

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