HOW QUEENSLAND SHAPES FOR ORIGIN III
Making a welcome return from injury for his first game of the series, the elusive full-back poses a much-needed attacking threat.
Winger – Valentine Holmes
Traced back to the wing where it turned out to be a veritable downing scoring machine for the Maroons. His nine Origin tries came in his six games on the wing.
Center – Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
The latest to receive the defensive mission from Tom Trbojevic – a tough request for a teenager in his early days – but possesses enviable speed in a clear tactical change from Paul Green.
Center rival Latrell Mitchell have won by knockout in both Origin games this season and Queensland need their talisman shot to stand a chance.
Sensationally recalled on game day for ineligible Brisbane Ronaldo Mulitalo, the top-flight Coates are hoping for more room to move after retaining their spot ahead of eliminated Kyle Feldt.
Five-eighth – Cameron Munster
Failed to make a dent in the series, the Maroons’ offense once again failed when they had early opportunities in Brisbane’s loss.
Half-back – Daly Cherry-Evans (captain)
Like Munster, largely ineffective despite a better kicking game in Brisbane and his captain was criticized after back-to-back flogging.
Was on his feet after a first stint in Brisbane which blew up his lungs as part of a peloton which was again completely beaten.
Promoted off the bench at the expense of Andrew McCullough, could prove to be a point of difference for a Maroons attack that has been late so far.
Returning from suspension for Game 2, the inclusion of veteran Papalii has only yielded 92 yards on 10 points and he will have to find a way to be more efficient.
Rear rower – Kurt Capewell
Happy to be out of crosses and within the familiar limits of the back line, where he can generate a lead and feed Tabuai-Fidow early in the ball.
Rear rower – Felise Kaufusi
Not used to having his colors down once, let alone twice, and will want to turn things around after a relatively calm game two.
Lock – Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
Was initially benched for this game after a quiet streak – he only walked 71 yards in Game 2 – but returned to the starting squad after Jai Arrow and David Fifita were both turned down seats.
How the Gold Coast rear is used is an intriguing one, as Paul Green seeks to make the most of the talented newcomer.
An honest start to Brisbane and hope to put his teeth back in the competition.
The talented striker has been in great form at club level and expects an outstanding performance from Origin which is seemingly inevitable.
A surprise debut for the Brisbane forward, who was ordered to play the role of aggressor off the bench after conceding earlier this year that his form did not warrant a summons.
The Newcastle utility snuck into the squad on match day as the 18th man thanks to the exits of Fifita and Arrow, opening the door for another unlikely start from Origin.
Associated Australian Press