Rookie made him­self at home

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - RIKKI- LEE ARNOLD

SAY­ING good­bye to Johnathan Thurston was never go­ing to be easy for Queens­land. But Cameron Mun­ster proved last night that it won’t be the end of the world.

There is cer­tainly life af­ter JT.

Wear­ing the cov­eted No. 6 jer­sey, the young play­maker took to Sun­corp Sta­dium and in the space of 80 min­utes, he showed why Kevin Wal­ters has so much faith in the next gen­er­a­tion for the Ma­roons.

In a stun­ning per­for­mance in front of a record 52,540strong crowd, Mun­ster made the kind of State of Ori­gin de­but that most play­ers only ever dream of.

If you did not know that the Storm mae­stro was play­ing his first ever game for Queens­land last night, then you cer­tainly would not have guessed it.

Ev­ery­thing he did was seam­less. From play­ing a hand in Valen­tine Holmes’ open­ing try to throw­ing the last pass for Jar­rod Wal­lace to seal the deal in the 66th minute, it looked like he had been wear­ing ma­roon for years.

Mun­ster was ev­ery­where and was un­stop­pable.

The boy from Rock­hamp­ton’s cool, calm and col­lected ap­proach was a night­mare for a Blues team that sim­ply did not know where to turn. They couldn’t out­mus­cle him. He never looked like he was go­ing to be over­awed by the oc­ca­sion.

Skip­per Cameron Smith cam­paigned hard for Mun­ster to wear the No. 6 jer­sey in the de­cider and it was a push that proved to be a ma­jor suc­cess for the Ma­roons, lead­ing them to an in­cred­i­ble 11th se­ries win from the last 12 years.

It was also ev­i­dent that half­back Cooper Cronk trusted Mun­ster to take over when need be, shar­ing plenty of the kick­ing du­ties, which is some­thing he ap­peared to strug­gle with in Game One when it came to An­thony Milford.

Queens­land’s Cameron Mun­ster.

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