Mun­ster set for Ori­gin pivot with Mor­gan at cen­tre

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - PAUL MALONE

THE en­tire Storm “spine’’ is set to take charge of Queens­land’s State of Ori­gin team, with Cameron Mun­ster to be blooded at five- eighth in next week’s se­ries de­cider.

The qual­ity of Mun­ster’s de­fence and his club as­so­ci­a­tion with hooker Cameron Smith, halfback Cooper Cronk and full­back Billy Slater are two fac­tors lead­ing the Queens­land se­lec­tors to choos­ing the 22- year- old to fill Johnathan Thurston’s boots.

Michael Mor­gan’s first start for the Ma­roons is likely to come at left cen­tre.

Mor­gan scored two tries and pro­duced three try as­sists from halfback to dom­i­nate North Queens­land’s 31- 18 win in Can­berra on Satur­day.

The pre­vi­ous night, Mun­ster’s strong hand for Mel­bourne in­cluded one try as­sist and one line break as­sist in a 42- 12 win over the Bron­cos.

Ma­roons coach Kevin Wal­ters said in a ra­dio in­ter­view yes­ter­day that Mun­ster would be in the Ma­roons squad to be an­nounced this af­ter­noon with­out be­ing drawn on his po­si­tion.

Daly Cherry- Evans, man of the match for Manly in a round of mostly rous­ing se­lec­tion tri­als by Ma­roons, or Bronco Ben Hunt will take the bench place held by Mor­gan in the first two matches of the se­ries against NSW.

Mor­gan pro­duced game- chang­ing off­loads while raid­ing the right cor­ner in the 2015 grand fi­nal for North Queens­land and for Queens­land in the Ori­gin II win over NSW last month.

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