Corey Norman and Ben Hunt have quickly re-emerged as one of the best halves pairing in the game – but the proud Queenslanders know they will need to produce something special to get one up on one of their own, Maroons and Manly skipper Daly Cherry-Evans.
Queensland coach Kevin Walters has three genuine halves options at Lottoland on Sunday.
Cherry-Evans is why Hunt is forced to wear Queensland No. 9 jersey – not the No. 7 – but has the utmost respect for the halfback.
The way he got his body right [for Origin], hes just a professional, Hunt said. All the work he did to get that ankle right for last Wednesday was exceptional. Hes been a great player for a long time, he went under the radar for a couple of years and didnt get the appreciation he deserves – now hes getting the recognition hes deserved for a couple of years.
Norman added: Chez plays eyes-up footy, hes controlled, hes just a footy player. You have to be on your game because if he sees a weakness hell pick it out.
Cherry-Evans not only overcome an ankle injury in time for Origin I, but then back up three days later to inspire a Manly win over North Queensland.
St George Illawarra have surprisingly been given little hope by the bookies, despite looking a different team with their star halves back on deck against Canterbury.
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