Maroons coach Kevin Walters talks to Jarrod Wallace in Perth ahead of Origin II. Picture: Adam Head
Maroons coach Kevin Walters talks to Jarrod Wallace in Perth ahead of Origin II. Picture: Adam Head

‘Give me more minutes’: Wallace hits out at Maroons coach

TITANS prop Jarrod Wallace has hit out over his State of Origin axing, claiming he should have been given more minutes by Queensland coach Kevin Walters.

Wallace was dumped following Queensland's 38-6 hammering in game two in Perth, his second axing  in his five-game Origin career.

The 28-year-old played 27 minutes of Origin II, making 22 tackles and seven runs in the blowout loss, and believes he didn't deserve to be made a scapegoat.

"I thought I was hard done by to tell you the truth," Wallace told The Courier Mail.

"I only played 20-odd minutes and made a fair few tackles and hit-ups in that time.

"If Kevvie wanted me to do more, then give me more minutes.

"I came on at a time when we were already on the back foot and I felt me and Glaz (Tim Glasby) came on and brought the energy and the go-forward.

"I didn't think I deserved to be dropped, but that was the choice Kevvie made and I have to respect it.

"I can't sit here and cry over spilt milk, that's what happened, but now my job here is to look forward and play good footy."

Wallace admitted he had struggled in the past at Origin level, but believed he fulfilled the role he was given by Walters in Origin II.

"Last time I was a starting front-rower and probably didn't have the same impact," Wallace said.

"But this time my job was to come off the bench and get busy and I did that.

"I didn't think there was much more I could do in 27 minutes of game time."