Penrith’s players can do teammate Liam Martin the ultimate favour on Friday night by silencing Angus Crichton in his last push for a NSW State of Origin spot.

Crichton was a certainty for the Blues’ back row before he was suspended for Origin I, coupled with Tyson Frizell’s injury which opened the door for Martin to play.

It would be a harsh call for the Blues to leave anyone out of their squad for Game II, after the 17 men they picked for the series-opener piled 50 points on Queensland.

But Crichton is one of the few NSW coach Brad Fittler could make an exception for, with the Sydney Roosters second-rower one of the most dynamic edge players in the game.

There is every chance Martin could mark up on Crichton directly on Friday night, if the Panthers move Kurt Capewell to the left for the injured Viliame Kikau leaving Martin on the right.

But even if Martin plays on the opposite side of the field to Crichton as a straight in for Kikau, the likes of Nathan Cleary can do him a serious favour by creating havoc for the Roosters’ left edge.

“Yeah maybe (it could help him), but I think I will leave that up to Marto,” Cleary quipped.

“It will obviously be a good battle out there. Angus is a handful so I will be prepared to make some good tackles on him.

“He has been absolutely killing it and I am sure he will want to play a good game to get back in an Origin squad.”

Even if Martin doesn’t play on Crichton’s edge, he can make a statement by shutting down danger man Sam Walker on the Roosters’ right.

“I won’t make it personal (against Crichton), I will just try my best for Penrith,” Martin said.

“If (missing out on Origin) happens it happens. He is a quality player Angus who had every right to be there Game I. It was just unfortunate he missed out.

“I wouldn’t like to (miss out). I will just go out and do my best and I am sure Freddy will make the right decision no matter what it is.”

Meanwhile Martin has left no stone unturned being the only Panther to back up from Origin last Friday against Cronulla and then training on Monday on what was supposed to be his rest day.

“We had the weekend off and then came in Monday. I was supposed to be rested, but we wanted to train so we all jumped in the session.

“But I was feeling good so I thought I may as well.”

Penrith mates can do Martin Origin favour
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