MUN­STER PUTS HIS HAND UP FOR JT’S ROLE

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRAVIS MEYN

CAMERON Mun­ster se­cured his first Queens­land Ori­gin jersey but left Ma­roons se­lec­tors with a giant headache af­ter Mel­bourne con­tin­ued their eightyear dom­i­nance over Bris­bane with a thump­ing 42- 12 vic­tory.

Mun­ster was sen­sa­tional in front of 41,471 at Sun­corp Sta­dium last night, or­ches­trat­ing three tries for the Storm to ce­ment their spot at the top of the NRL lad­der with their sev­enth straight win against the Bron­cos in Bris­bane.

While Bris­bane could tum­ble out of the top four this week, Mel­bourne will pro­vide six play­ers in the Queens­land team for Wed­nes­day week’s State of Ori­gin de­cider. Mun­ster, 22, is a cer­tainty to be in Kevin Wal­ters’ team, but his per­for­mance last night has raised more ques­tions for Ma­roons hi­er­ar­chy.

The Ma­roons are on the hunt for a new five- eighth and cen­tre fol­low­ing in­juries to veter­ans Johnathan Thurston ( shoul­der) and Boyd ( bro­ken thumb).

The ver­sa­tile Mun­ster has been rev­e­la­tion in mul­ti­ple po­si­tions dur­ing his 57- game NRL ca­reer but has formed a slick play­mak­ing com­bi­na­tion this sea­son at five- eighth with Ma­roons trio Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater.

Wal­ters, who was watch­ing on, is lean­ing to­wards blood­ing Mun­ster at left cen­tre in place of Boyd and giv­ing Thurston’s Cow­boys team­mate Michael Mor­gan his first start in the No. 6 jersey.

How­ever, there is merit in trans­plant­ing Mel­bourne’s slick spine into Ma­roons jer­seys, leav­ing Mor­gan on the bench and find­ing a new cen­tre or winger.

RED HOT: Cameron Mun­ster of the Storm tries to evade a tackle dur­ing Mel­bourne’s win over the Bron­cos in Bris­bane last night.

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