CEN­TRE STAGE MOR­GAN SET F OR START­ING ROLE

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JON TUXWORTH

MICHAEL Mor­gan could be named at cen­tre for the first time since his Queens­land Cup days with Ma­roons coach Kevin Wal­ters still de­cid­ing whether to thrust the Cow­boys star or debu­tant Cameron Mun­ster at five- eighth for Wed­nes­day week’s Ori­gin de­cider.

Mor­gan ( pic­tured) has played all seven of his Ori­gins off the bench but he will start for the first time in the Sun­corp Sta­dium block­buster af­ter Wal­ters con­firmed Ben Hunt will play the in­ter­change util­ity role in his Ma­roons de­but.

Fel­low Cow­boys Gavin Cooper and Coen Hess were also named for their third and sec­ond Ori­gin ap­pear­ances re­spec­tively. Johnathan Thurston’s sea­son- end­ing shoul­der in­jury has left the No. 6 jersey up for grabs and Mor­gan has a strong case af­ter be­ing a fix­ture with Queens­land since 2015.

He fol­lowed a strong Ori­gin II dis­play with two man- of- the- match per­for­mances for the Cow­boys in wins against Pen­rith and Can­berra. Mor­gan hasn’t played cen­tre since he helped guide the Mackay Cut­ters to a Queens­land Cup grand fi­nal win over Easts Tigers in 2013, scor­ing a cru­cial late try.

He played right cen­tre when Will Cham­bers was forced off with con­cus­sion in Ori­gin II, and set up Dane Ga­gai’s win­ning try with a bril­liant flick pass.

CONTINUED PAGE 37 Cameron Mun­ster. Ben Hunt.

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