ROOKIE WHIS­PERER: GASNIER DRAFTED TO CALM DEBU­TANTES

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - FRONT PAGE - MICHAEL CARAYANNIS

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.”

pic­ture: Brett Costello

Blues back­rower Tyson Frizell at NSW train­ing at Coogee Oval, and (in­set) half­back Ben Hunt play­ing with the Dragons. Main

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