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GO at him, that’s the best way to halt the in-form Ben Hunt — his St George Illawarra teammate Tyson Frizell reckons.
The Queensland No. 7 looms as the Maroons’ most important player ahead of his first starting Origin match on Wednesday.
Frizell watched on as the Panthers successfully directed a lot of traffic at Hunt during the Dragons’ last-start loss to Penrith as they surrendered top spot on the premiership ladder.
Now Frizell, who will play on the opposite side to Hunt, has predicted the Blues will do the same after Hunt missed four tackles in the opening 40 minutes against Penrith.
“Try and take his attack out by working towards him and making sure he makes a few tackles,” Frizell said on how to contain Hunt.
“Even when he does he is very dangerous in attack. He is a very solid defender.
“We are going to have to do our best. I don’t know if it was a game plan (by Penrith) but it worked well. Any kind of major playmaker or key player you try and target them with and without their ball.
“We will be doing our best to look after him.”
Frizell is just one of six players from last year’s game-three series loss. Despite only boasting five Origin appearances, he is now expected to take on a leadership role — including helping clubmates Jack de Belin and Paul Vaughan ahead of their debut matches.
“I told them to take it all in and for what it is,” Frizell said.
“You never know if you’ll get the opportunity again. “Embrace it and make the most of it. I still feel like a young kid coming in, not used to the whole Origin hype.
“I still feel like it’s early days for me. You have to step up this time around.
“That leadership role has to come into play.”
Blues backrower Tyson Frizell at NSW training at Coogee Oval, and (inset) halfback Ben Hunt playing with the Dragons. Main