Wally has money on a switch in halves

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRAVIS MEYN

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.


Corey Oates.

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