Morgo will ‘ brain it’ at cen­tre: Tate

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JON TUXWORTH jonathon. tuxworth@ news. com. au

THE move may be viewed as a gam­ble, but Ma­roons le­gend Brent Tate has backed Michael Mor­gan to “brain it” when he plays left cen­tre for the first time in Wed­nes­day’s Ori­gin de­cider in Bris­bane.

While Tate ( pic­tured) ad­mit­ted Ma­roons coach Kevin Wal­ters has taken a “brave op­tion” by nam­ing Mor­gan in a po­si­tion he hasn’t played since Queens­land Cup four years ago, he be­lieves it’s the best pos­si­ble op­tion.

“I reckon he’ll go good, it’s the per­fect role for him,” Tate said.

“It’s prob­a­bly not ideal that he hasn’t played there much but I think he’s go­ing to brain them.

“It’s a re­ally good move, I would have named him there for sure.”

Eyebrows were raised when es­tab­lished full­back Josh Du­gan was named at cen­tre for the Blues in 2014, but he has since made the spot his own in five game there. Mor­gan will be charged with shut­ting down the dan­ger­ous Dragon and Tate said form­ing a de­fen­sive com­bi­na­tion with five eighth and debu­tant Cameron Mun­ster will be his big­gest bat­tle.

“De­fence is go­ing to be his big­gest chal­lenge, es­pe­cially as he usu­ally plays on the right edge,” Tate said.

“It’s pretty tough ( to form a de­fen­sive part­ner­ship with a five eighth so quickly), but I think he’ll be fine. I’ve got a hell of a lot of con­fi­dence in Morgo and his abil­ity, and they’ll work on it.

“Morgo has played Queens­land Cup there and has won a grand fi­nal ( at that level) there. You can get him the ball and let him do what he does best, which is run­ning the footy.

“I think it’s brave, but it’s the best op­tion we’ve got there at the mo­ment from my point of view.”

Mor­gan was very un­lucky to miss out on wear­ing the no. 6 jumper to Mun­ster af­ter five years bid­ing his time as the Ma­roons bench util­ity.

He has also been in su­perb form for the Cow­boys since Johnathan Thurston was ruled out for the sea­son with a shoul­der in­jury, or­ches­trat­ing wins against Pen­rith and Can­berra.

“That’s why I think it’s a good move to put him out there,” Tate said.

“When you’re con­fi­dent and in the zone it doesn’t mat­ter where you’re play­ing, you have the be­lief you’ll get the job done.

“De­fend­ing at two ( in from the wing) is very sim­i­lar to three, you’ve got guys com­ing at you and you have to make de­ci­sions.

“It’s not some­thing that’s go­ing to be for­eign to him.”

UP TO THE JOB: Michael Mor­gan of the Cow­boys makes a line break against the Can­berra Raiders.

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