A valuable opportunity missed - Souths' Sutton

Last updated 10:40 17/05/2014

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Captain John Sutton conceded he and his South Sydney halves partner Adam Reynolds missed a valuable  opportunity to press for NSW State of Origin claims in the Rabbitohs' Friday night loss to Melbourne.

Ahead of round 10 of the NRL, Blues coach Laurie Daley had  publicly stated he was still weighing up his halves combinations  for the Origin opener on May 28 following incumbent halfback Mitchell Pearce's Kings Cross antics.

Up against the Storm and Queensland 'big three' in Cameron  Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater, Sutton and Reynolds could  have made a compelling statement.

But it wasn't to be as Smith, Cronk and Slater were instrumental  as the Storm surged away to a 27-14 win on the back of a 20-4  halftime lead.Sutton was beaten to a bench spot by Canterbury playmaker Josh  Reynolds for Origin I last year and didn't feature for the rest of  the series.

He managed some impressive charges to bring Souths back into the  contest and is likely to be strongly considered for a utility position when Daley names his side on Tuesday for the interstate  opener, but he and Reynolds probably haven't done enough to usurp  Pearce and his Sydney Roosters teammate James Maloney as NSW No.7  and No.6.

''We definitely didn't execute tonight so it was very  disappointing,'' Sutton said.

''We just didn't build any pressure. The Melbourne Storm did  that; Cooper Cronk's kicks were on the money.

''My kicks and Adam's kicks were way off and didn't build any  pressure and we made it hard on ourselves.

''I was disappointed with my kicks. I didn't get them on the  money - it let the Storm off the hook.

''Me and Adam had a word about it and we are definitely going to  work hard on it and hopefully get better."

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