Ex- Ori­gin star heaps praise on Mor­gan

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

Tate shouted as loudly as any­one else for Mor­gan, say­ing said he felt hum­bled watch­ing Mor­gan take an­other step to­wards be­com­ing a long- term suc­ces­sor to Queens­land’s Ori­gin dom­i­nance that he helped cre­ate.

“The world’s at Morgo’s feet,” Tate said, who only ex­ited Ori­gin last year af­ter 13 years of ser­vice.

“I’ve been say­ing that for a cou­ple years, so he can take us as far as he wants too.

“It’s go­ing to be up to him but I’ve got no doubt he’s got a big fu­ture.”

Mor­gan him­self said he wants to kick on in Ma­roon now he has got a taste of sheer eu­pho­ria that Ori­gin can bring.

Speak­ing to the Townsville Bul­letin in his ex­clu­sive col­umn, Mor­gan said he wanted to form part of the new brigade that will even­tu­ally re­place Ori­gin’s most suc­cess­ful gen­er­a­tion.

“I cer­tainly hope to keep be­ing a part of it, and af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a game like that it makes you want it a bit more,” he said. “Scor­ing a try also added to the ex­pe­ri­ence and it’s one I sup­pose I’ll re­mem­ber for the rest of my life.”

Mor­gan and Queens­land team­mate Matt Scott re­mained in Bris­bane overnight, with Mor­gan hav­ing mi­nor surgery to clean out an in­fected an­kle which has trou­bled him this sea­son, while Scott is en­joy­ing a short break as part of the Cow­boys’ bye week.

Ori­gin team­mate and Cow­boys co- cap­tain Johnathan Thurston also heaped praise on Mor­gan yes­ter­day.

“He will get a lot of con­fi­dence out of his per­for­mance and he’ll come back now to club land and look to kick on for the back end of the year,” Thurston said.

Wed­nes­day’s score­line took al­most all of the rugby league com­mu­nity by sur­prise, in­clud­ing ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paign­ers like Tate.

Tate never saw score­line com­ing.

“It’s hard to fathom,” he said. “There was a lot of crit­i­cism to­wards the guys but they an­swered it, and Mal ( Meninga) blooded some young guys as well, so there’s no rea­son why we can’t have heaps of suc­cess go­ing for­ward.”

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