The Northern Territory news Wed 4 Nov 2020
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54 SPORT WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 4 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Queensland backs against the wall SIMPLY Your Best. The bookies and NSW coach Brad Fittler believe the Maroons will need one of their greatest performances to overcome the Blues. I get the impression that Queensland will need to be at their best (to beat us), Fittler said. I feel like our blokes, theyre ready, theyre strong. Fittlers theory is backed up by the fact the Blues head-to-head price of $1.33 to beat the Maroons is the shortest for an Origin game since TAB offered sports betting in 1998. Queensland, which has injury concerns over centre Brenko Lee and utility Kurt Capewell, is friendless at $3.30. The Blues are also at a recordlow $1.25 to win the series, while the Maroons are $4. An unlikely victory for the Maroons, who are without a host of stars due to injury and suspension including Michael Morgan, Valentine Holmes, Kalyn Ponga and Kyle Feldt as well as Josh McGuire (overlooked), would be one of the greatest upsets in Origin history. Queensland will have at least seven players on debut, its most since game one in 2006. DAVID RICCIO NSW debutant Luke Keary is tipped to make a big impression for the Blues. Picture: NRL Photos/Gregg Porteous BLUES coach Brad Fittler has saved his biggest praise for the smallest NSW player. Luke Keary will finally get the debut Origin jersey which has been within touching distance for the past two seasons. Last year he was a certainty to be picked before a serious concussion on the same weekend when the team was to be named sidelined him. It left him worrying about his career rather than his spot in the Blues line-up. In 2018 he was so heavily tipped to be picked, only to be a last minute exclusion for James Maloney, that Fittler called to justify the selection. Now on Wednesday night he will finally get the chance to play for NSW. I hadnt thought about being picked last year, Keary said. In the end it was a good thing I hadnt got ahead of myself. Once I got hurt I didnt even think what couldve been or anything like that. Keary will be the smallest Blue when the teams walk out to Adelaide Oval, standing at just 1.78 metres. Keary will wear the same number Fittler once made his own. He is a courageous bloke, Fittler said. Not only because you look at the size of him but courageous because he makes big plays. He makes big calls and backs himself. Its a courage we like as a coach. MICHAEL CARAYANNIS MORE THAN A LITTLE PRAISE FOR KEARY Brad Fittler. BENNETT QUERIES CRITERIA MAROONS coach Wayne Bennett has called for a review of Origins eligibility rules following the farce that will result in proud Queenslander Luke Keary making his NSW debut on Wednesday night at Adelaide Oval. Six years ago, Keary wrote a letter to the NRL asking to be declared a Queenslander. He was born in Ipswich, lived in the region for 10 years and was chosen in Queenslands junior Emerging Origin program alongside Anthony Milford and Dylan Napa in 2012. Kearys Maroons application was rejected. If all the other criteria is a bit messy and muddy, I suppose that (a players birthplace) should be a criteria, Bennett said. Most rules need revising from time to time. at 26, Munster says the time is right to stamp his mark on the Origin arena. For sure, my career has gone very quick, so I just need to make sure I own Origin, Munster said. Ive been in the NRL for seven years now and I want to make the most of my time around the game. Ive never won a series over three games, so Im really excited this time and there wouldnt be anything better than winning this Origin series with the crop of young players we have in our team. People think we cant win without the Big Three (retired Queensland legends Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater). I want to be able to say I won an Origin series without those guys. Underlining Munsters passion for the Queensland jumper, he is refusing to conveniently withdraw from the series due to injury and will carry an ongoing knee problem into Game One. CAMERON Munster has put the Blues on notice by declaring he wants to own State of Origin and dominate for Queensland in the vein of Maroons playmaking legends Wally Lewis and Darren Lockyer. The injury-ravaged Maroons are banking on the instinctive big-game brilliance of Munster to spearhead a Queensland backs-to-the-wall boilover in the Origin series opener on Wednesday night at Adelaide Oval. Munster has played four grand finals, won two premierships and was a squad member of Australias 2017 World Cup win, but the Queensland pivot has yet to be a fully fledged member of a series-winning Maroons outfit. The last time Queensland won a series in 2017, Munster was an Origin novice, playing just one game in that series, albeit a sublime debut as he helped the Maroons to a 22-6 victory in the decider at Suncorp Stadium. But now, in his eighth game as one of the most important players in the Queensland setup, Munster is motivated by orchestrating a new era of Origin dominance for the Maroons. Munster remains in awe of the greatness of The King Lewis and Lockyer in the Queensland No.6 jumper and PETER BADEL Munster hungry to own Origin Star craves series win Cameron Munster.
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