Brenton Cochrane will play for NSW.
Brenton Cochrane will play for NSW.

Cops after a blue-wash

THE interstate rivalry will be simmering early at tomorrow night’s State of Origin decider as the NSW Police Force take on Queensland Police in the curtain-raiser.

But in this contest it is Queensland with everything to prove having lost their previous four encounters.

Probationary constable Brenton Cochrane (fullback) and senior constable Dylan Coleman (centre), will both be starting for NSW.

And they hope to set the winning tone for the night.

“It used to be NSW police had the wood on Queensland but this year they’ve got the side to beat because they’ve got a couple of new blokes in there, so it’s going to be interesting,” Const Cochrane said.

The boys went into camp at Kirra Beach on Sunday where they hope to get in “a few hard days of training” before the match tomorrow night.

Const Cochrane reckons the NSW coppers are fired up and ready after a rousing win against NSW Fire and Rescue three weeks ago in a curtain raiser for Newcastle-West Tigers game at Leichhardt Oval.

The coppers won that encounter 50-18, which the modest full back described as “a pretty good win”.

“I reckon the squad is looking pretty good,” he said.

“Coming into the coppers I wasn’t sure about the standard but there’s a lot of ex-NRL players in the force and the quality of footy is unbelievable.

“I’ve played first grade up and down the coast and was with the Brisbane Broncos for a few years in the juniors (and was selected for the Australian Sevens and NSW Country squads in rugby) and the level of footy in the coppers is right up there.”

Originally from Wee Waa in western NSW, the young fullback has only lived here for six months since he graduated from the academy.

“I spent about four or five years here playing footy up and down the coast before I joined the coppers so I know the area well,” he said.

“When the opportunity came up to transfer here I grabbed it – it’s a nice lifestyle. I usually play for Northern United but I’ve had to put that on the back-burner to concentrate on my uni work and I just play when I can help them out.”

NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner Dave Owens and Assistant Commissioner Alan Clarke will accompany the squad to Queensland.

Head coach, Superintendent Craig Sheridan, says it will be a great experience for his players to be part of such a big event.

“I’m sure all of the boys will get a real buzz,” Supt Sheridan said.

“Hopefully, we can score a win over our Queensland mates in the curtain raiser and set up the NSW boys for a blue-wash on the night,” he said.

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