Wally has money on a switch in halves
MAROONS legend Wally Lewis has predicted Queensland could adopt a radical plan to rotate Cameron Munster and Michael Morgan at five- eighth to shock the Blues.
Morgan is favoured to replace Johnathan Thurston in next Wednesday’s blockbuster decider at Suncorp Stadium with coach Kevin Walters to consult captain Cameron Smith today before making his final decision.
News Corp understands Queensland hierarchy believes Morgan has earned the right to partner Cooper Cronk, but Walters is seeking guidance on whether the electric Munster would be up for the challenge.
Having served a sevengame Origin apprenticeship from the bench, Test utility Morgan is prepared for the pressure- cooker of a series decider.
Munster, 22, has played just 57 NRL games and will make his Origin debut, however he would form an all- Melbourne playmaking spine alongside Smith, Cronk and Billy Slater.
Whoever is not selected at five- eighth will play left centre in place of Darius Boyd ( broken thumb).
Lewis, a 38- game Queensland representative, said the Maroons could stun NSW and take the heat off Morgan and Munster by rotating the duo.
“It could go either way,” he said.
“You might even see both of them playing there. I wouldn’t be surprised.
“It would create a little bit of drama for the opposition defence.
“They would be changing what they had in mind for how they were going to defend.
“If you create any doubt in the mind of the defender then you are halfway there.”
But it is no secret that Hunt has a strong relationship with former Broncos assistant coach Walters, who helped the No. 7 blossom in Brisbane’s run to the grand final in 2015.
Walters departed the Broncos at the end of the 2015 season but has stayed in contact with Hunt and has mentored him through two Emerging Maroons camps.
Now, Queensland hope the bond can help them claim a Game Three victory, with selector Gene Miles admitting yesterday that Walters is the one who can bring out the best in Hunt.
“Kevvie likes working with Ben,” Miles said.
“He’s had a bit of a rough time. He played park footy a few weeks ago.