Hodkinson Sets his Sights on Game 2

Trent Hodkinson has once again been named to wear the Blues number seven jersey for game two of the 2015 State of Origin Series.

The halfback has had an up and down start to the year and after going down to the Maroons in game one by a point, many outsiders were questioning whether Hodkinson should be picked for game two, but Coach Laurie Daley guaranteed the halves pairing would be there for game two.

“I thought they were really good, they really combined well,” Daley said. “Mitch played with control and Hodkinson played the way we wanted him too.

“They will be there for game two, there is a headline for you.” Daley said in the post-match press conference after game one.

Hodkinson is also pleased that he has been given another opportunity to prove the doubters wrong.

“It helps with the confidence and I’m looking forward to the week and getting to work,” said Hodkinson.

Hodkinson partnered Mitchell Pearce for the first time in their careers in game one and believes their combination will continue to get better as game two approaches.

“I thought Pearcey’s kicking game was great, but we just need to stay in the grind and for myself and Pearcey, we just need to continue to lead the boys around and keep our talk up.”