Scott pressing for Origin
Recall looks a possibility for enforcer
RUGBY LEAGUE: Matt Scott is playing for his State of Origin career against the Warriors tonight and his Cowboy teammates Coen Hess and Gavin Cooper also have some Queensland selection concerns.
The Maroons’ team for Origin II will be named on Monday, giving Cowboys enforcer Scott one final chance to audition for a Queensland recall when he charges into a monster Warriors pack in Townsville.
Scott, 32, was a shock omission from game one – lost by Queensland 22-12 – but the Cowboys warhorse might resurrect his decorated 22-game Origin career by spearheading a boilover against the Warriors.
Queensland coach Kevin Walters has confirmed Scott is in line for selection and Hess believes the Maroons need the Cowboys co-captain’s experience for Origin II at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Sunday week.
“I would love to see Matt Scott get another chance (for Queensland),” said Cowboys cohort Hess, who played off the bench for the Maroons in Origin I.
“‘Thumper’ (Scott) has been working hard here at the Cowboys and we’ve all seen what he has done in the Origin arena in the past.
“His experience can make a difference. I’m sure he wants to be back in the Queensland jersey, but I guess it’s up to how he plays and which way the selectors want to go for game two.”
The Maroons lost the midfield battle in game one, with starting props Dylan Napa
(84m) and Jarrod Wallace
(43m) both failing to register
100m as NSW’s forwards took control.
Scott tallied 111m against Parramatta last week – his second-best output of the season – and gets the chance against the Warriors to convince selectors he is back to full fitness.
While Scott’s Origin career is on the line tonight, Hess concedes he and Cooper cannot be considered selection untouchables after NSW’s mauling of the Queensland midfield.
“I guess Queensland might look at making changes because of the loss,” Hess said.
“I would love to hold my spot. I guess my fate is in the hands of selectors now but I felt I did a fair job off the bench.
“I’m a lot more comfortable now in the Origin environment and during the game I was as best prepared as I’ve ever been. I was reasonably happy with what I did.”
Cooper said Queensland should not make a raft of changes but thought the injection of Scott could help square the series.
“I know Kevvie was close (to picking) Thumper,” he said.
“He’s been in the Queensland team for a long time. Everyone knows what he’s going to bring. He’ll bring his aggressive game.
“If he was to get the call from Kev to say he’s in, he’d deserve it. But who misses out … it’s a tough one.”
FINDING FORM: Matt Scott gets the chance to press his Origin claims when the Cowboys take on the Warriors tonight.