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Barba in no rush for Origin call-up

Published: 2:21PM Tuesday May 22, 2012 Source: AAP

Canterbury Bulldogs star Ben Barba says he's in no rush to make his State of Origin league debut and is content to continue building an irresistible case for Queensland selection at NRL club level.

Barba blitzed Cronulla on Monday night, scoring two tries in the 26-6 win in another definitive example of his brilliant all-round game.

While it's hard to find a weakness on the Queensland bench for tomorrow Origin series opener, Barba can't do any more than he's currently doing and if the Maroons do find themselves in trouble during the series, the 22-year-old believes he's ready.

"I thought I was going alright, but there's some great players for Queensland and I'm in no rush," said Barba. "It's a big stage to step up to Origin and I can probably learn a bit more before I get there.

"I always knew I was a long shot ... I've just got to focus on this and one day my time will come."

Barba has scored 18 tries in his last 16 appearances at ANZ Stadium, a record comparable to Brett Stewart's feats for Manly at Brookvale Oval.

The dynamic No.1 said people from the Maroons camp were in touch with him after the team for Game One was announced and encouraged him to keep his head down.

Bulldogs coach Des Hasler is confident Mal Meninga has his fullback in his sights.

"I think they've well and truly got him earmarked," said Hasler. "He attended the pre-Origin camp this year and you've only got to look at some of his stats, the way he's been performing with his ability to break the line and score points.

"I'm sure there's a plan in there for B Barba."

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