Casino nerves are on edge

By STEVE SPINKS

CASINO'S Matt King will no doubt be nervous when he takes the field for New South Wales in tonight's crunch State of Origin rugby league match against Queensland in Sydney.

But spare a thought for his family.

While nerves for a footballer usually drain away over the first 20 minutes of a match, the nerves for a family remain until hours after the encounter.

King's father Don, mother Narelle and brother Chris will all be on-hand to watch the winger's second appearance in the sky blue jersey.

"I really haven't spoken to him since he went into camp," Don King said.

"I just hope he does well."

Despite NSW's loss in Origin I in Brisbane, debutant King was singled out for praise by commentators and coaches from both sides.

"Gorden Tallis even congratulated him after the match, which was good to see," Mr King said.

"He (Matt) had about 10 minutes with us before he had to go with the team."

Former Casino junior and Manly back-rower Ben Kennedy will also play for NSW tonight.

The King family, all nine of them, got to witness the Melbourne Storm star's debut for NSW and they were picked up by a Channel Nine camera during the broadcast.

When King set up the try that got NSW in front late in the match with a great scamper down the touch line, older brother Chris was seen jumping up and down behind the NSW bench.

"It was great, actually," Mr King said.

"It was fantastic to see him do well."

Hopefully, the Kings will have more to jump and down about tonight when the Blues square the series.

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