Stewart would have been too big a risk for game three
Glenn Stewart’s chances of playing in Origin were always slim. With the back-rower trying to rush back from a serious injury; Ricky Stuart deemed it too big a risk to play Glenn Stewart in the Origin decider.
Stewart suffered the knee injury against the Melbourne Storm the Monday after the second State of Origin match.
The original diagnosis was Stewart would be sidelined for about a month.
Ricky Stuart elected to name a 19-man squad instead of the straight 17 line-up, giving Stewart until the last minute before making his decision. However, Stewart was always little chance of playing.
Dragons back-rower Beau Scott is set to replace the injured Manly star.
Naturally, after injury players come back underdone – but there are exceptions.
Manly back rower Tony Williams is one of them who put in a man of the match performance on his NRL return to book his place back into the NSW Origin squad.
Williams was outstanding in Manly’s demolition of the Roosters.
‘T-Rex’ ran for over hundred metres, made eight tackle busts and set up a brilliant try for Steve Matai.
The Roosters are ranked 14th on the ladder and have struggled with consistency through the 2012 season, and with all do respect: the Roosters are not the Maroons.
Combinations are big things in Origin.
Stewart was just beginning to show glimpse of his right side play for Manly in the Origin arena.
Beau Scott, Stewart’s replacement, is a ball runner. Stewart is a ball player who is able to make big plays in offence and defence
The different style of back-rower may hurt NSW’s attacking potency which is detrimental given the Blues will need to score points if they are to end the Maroon dynasty.
With the Blues starting down the barrel of a record seventh straight series defeat; they need all their players fit and healthy.
And with potentially the biggest game in Origin history on the line, Glenn Stewart would have been too much of a gamble.
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