Smith sticks up for ignored Sea Eagle mastermind
QUEENSLAND skipper Cameron Smith has slammed speculation Daly Cherry- Evans is on the Origin outer, labelling claims the playmaker is on the nose with Maroons players as “fabricated nonsense”.
Maroons coach Kevin Walters has been forced to publicly explain Cherry- Evans’ latest Queensland snub after handing Broncos rival Ben Hunt his Origin debut.
Maroons selector Darren Lockyer said Cherry- Evans would be impossible to ignore if he produced a man- of- the- match display against the Warriors last Saturday night.
The Manly skipper duly delivered, but 48 hours later, Maroons hierarchy overlooked him in favour of Hunt, who a month ago was dumped to reserve grade with the Ipswich Jets.
Hunt’s head- spinning resurrection has fuelled speculation Cherry- Evans is unpopular with Queensland players and doesn’t fit their structures after losing his only two Origin games as a starting playmaker.
But Smith came out swinging in support of Cherry- Evans yesterday, insisting it was time to set the record straight after first hearing the toxic whispers in the build- up to Origin I.
“I want to clear this up. There is no issue with Daly from any member of this team,” said Smith, captain when Cherry- Evans made his Origin debut in 2013.