Ben Hunt’s promotion to the Maroons’ beginning aspect labored a appeal for Queensland, with the hooker claiming man of the match honours of their 20-18 Origin III win.
After coming off the interchange and taking part in 46 minutes in Queensland’s Recreation Two defeat, Hunt returned to his acquainted position of hooker in what proved to be one essentially the most influential modifications by coach Paul Inexperienced because the Maroons prevented a clear sweep with a 20-18 win over the Blues.
Hunt, who had changed Andrew McCullough at No.9, completed the match with 41 tackles and two tries.
However arguably his greatest play of the night time may need been the turnover he pressured when he landed a superbly timed shot to the ribs of Blues star Latrell Mitchell, who knocked the ball on throughout an important defensive set for the Maroons within the second half.
Hunt turns recreation for Maroons
“He confirmed what he can do at No.9 and I dare say he will likely be placing his hand up for that position subsequent 12 months,” stated legendary Queensland fullback and present selector Billy Slater.
Whereas Storm younger gun Harry Grant has been the first-choice hooker as of late when match, Maroons legend Cameron Smith – Queensland’s iconic former No.9 and skipper – admits Hunt is now a good probability subsequent season to problem for the place.
“He is performed numerous consultant soccer within the 9 place. Performed a while there from the interchange bench,” Smith stated.
“You could not choose him there for Recreation One. Harry Grant was match and he is most likely Queensland’s No.1 dummy-half, first-choice dummy-half.
“However … there’s bought to be some query marks subsequent 12 months over the place it goes with the No.9.”
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