Scott press­ing for Ori­gin

Re­call looks a pos­si­bil­ity for en­forcer

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - SPORT - PETER BADEL AND RIKKI-LEE ARNOLD

RUGBY LEAGUE: Matt Scott is play­ing for his State of Ori­gin career against the War­riors tonight and his Cow­boy team­mates Coen Hess and Gavin Cooper also have some Queens­land selec­tion con­cerns.

The Ma­roons’ team for Ori­gin II will be named on Mon­day, giv­ing Cow­boys en­forcer Scott one fi­nal chance to au­di­tion for a Queens­land re­call when he charges into a mon­ster War­riors pack in Townsville.

Scott, 32, was a shock omis­sion from game one – lost by Queens­land 22-12 – but the Cow­boys warhorse might res­ur­rect his dec­o­rated 22-game Ori­gin career by spear­head­ing a boilover against the War­riors.

Queens­land coach Kevin Wal­ters has con­firmed Scott is in line for selec­tion and Hess be­lieves the Ma­roons need the Cow­boys co-cap­tain’s ex­pe­ri­ence for Ori­gin II at Syd­ney’s ANZ Sta­dium on Sun­day week.

“I would love to see Matt Scott get an­other chance (for Queens­land),” said Cow­boys co­hort Hess, who played off the bench for the Ma­roons in Ori­gin I.

“‘Thumper’ (Scott) has been work­ing hard here at the Cow­boys and we’ve all seen what he has done in the Ori­gin arena in the past.

“His ex­pe­ri­ence can make a dif­fer­ence. I’m sure he wants to be back in the Queens­land jersey, but I guess it’s up to how he plays and which way the se­lec­tors want to go for game two.”

The Ma­roons lost the mid­field bat­tle in game one, with start­ing props Dy­lan Napa (84m) and Jar­rod Wal­lace (43m) both fail­ing to regis­ter 100m as NSW’s for­wards took con­trol.

Scott tal­lied 111m against Par­ra­matta last week – his sec­ond-best out­put of the sea­son – and gets the chance against the War­riors to con­vince se­lec­tors he is back to full fit­ness.

While Scott’s Ori­gin career is on the line tonight, Hess con­cedes he and Cooper can­not be con­sid­ered selec­tion un­touch­ables af­ter NSW’s maul­ing of the Queens­land mid­field.

“I guess Queens­land might look at mak­ing changes be­cause of the loss,” Hess said.

“I would love to hold my spot. I guess my fate is in the hands of se­lec­tors now but I felt I did a fair job off the bench.

“I’m a lot more com­fort­able now in the Ori­gin en­vi­ron­ment and dur­ing the game I was as best pre­pared as I’ve ever been. I was rea­son­ably happy with what I did.”

Cooper said Queens­land should not make a raft of changes but thought the in­jec­tion of Scott could help square the se­ries.

“I know Kevvie was close (to pick­ing) Thumper,” he said.

“He’s been in the Queens­land team for a long time. Every­one knows what he’s go­ing to bring. He’ll bring his ag­gres­sive game.

“If he was to get the call from Kev to say he’s in, he’d de­serve it. But who misses out … it’s a tough one.”

PHOTO: ALIX SWEENEY

FIND­ING FORM: Matt Scott gets the chance to press his Ori­gin claims when the Cow­boys take on the War­riors tonight.

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