TELL US: Is Ben Hunt the right man for the Origin decider?

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    Ben Hunt - falling upwards into an Origin jersey. (AAP Image/ Action Photographics, Colin Whelan)

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    When the Maroons legend was forced to abandon his Origin swansong, all eyes turned to the Queensland selectors to see who they’d pick to fill his boots.

    Somewhat controversially, Ben Hunt was given the nod over Daly Cherry-Evans as a halves replacement – a move that raised a few eyebrows given the Brisbane halfback was running out for Ipswich less than a month ago.

    With Queensland still yet to announce where Hunt will take the field, we want to know:

    Did the Queensland selectors get it right selecting Ben Hunt for the State of Origin decider? Where would you play him?

    We’ll be tackling this, as well as other big Origin questions with Roar expert Mary K on Roar LIVE.

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    The New South Wales State of Origin team for the 2018 series remains a mystery, with new coach Brad Fittler facing plenty of selection headaches. So we want you to tell us - and all your mates - who should start for Blues in Game 1 with our team picker.

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    • Roar Rookie

      July 5th 2017 @ 2:27pm
      Dogs Boddy said | July 5th 2017 @ 2:27pm | ! Report

      I would never write anyone off.

      Sure it may be a big ask and a surprising pick, but he could come on and have a blinder.

      If he does Kev will look like a genius and Mr Cherry-Evans will stay in the SOO wilderness.

      If not, well nobody really expected too much in the beginning did they??

    • July 5th 2017 @ 2:42pm
      Kreig said | July 5th 2017 @ 2:42pm | ! Report

      It’s a totally loaded question! The discussion was around Morgan, Munster, DCE, Hunt.

      Not simply DCE vs Hunt!

      The REAL question: Did the Queensland selectors pick the best COMBINATION?

      And the answer to THAT question, I believe, is yes.

    • July 5th 2017 @ 2:45pm
      John said | July 5th 2017 @ 2:45pm | ! Report

      Hunt wasn’t picked to fill in Thurston’s boot which makes this whole question redundant.

    • July 5th 2017 @ 2:46pm
      Craig said | July 5th 2017 @ 2:46pm | ! Report

      I think DCE needed to start, or not be included. I do not think that Hunt was the main for the bench though.

      I would’ve liked DCE starting at 6, Morgan in the centres and Munster on the bench. Mind you, I think Munster is a better option at centre than Morgan, but with the form Morgan is in – the more minutes he plays the better.

    • Roar Guru

      July 5th 2017 @ 2:49pm
      PNG Broncos fan88 said | July 5th 2017 @ 2:49pm | ! Report

      Hunt is replacing Morgan on the utility bench – not JT.
      QLD selectors have picked his NQ teammate in Morgan to fill JT’s boots.

      Some more pertinent questions to consider.
      > Can NSW replicate perfect performance in Game 1?
      > Will injuries cruel NSW chance of victory?
      > Will Daley survive if NSW lose another series again?

    • Roar Guru

      July 5th 2017 @ 3:50pm
      Jason Hosken said | July 5th 2017 @ 3:50pm | ! Report

      Pretty fair to say the Qld selectors, coaching staff and senior players know their footy. They’ve a job in mind and determined Hunt the best to get it done.

      He’s the right man.

      • July 5th 2017 @ 3:56pm
        KingCowboy said | July 5th 2017 @ 3:56pm | ! Report

        100% right, great comment!

      • July 5th 2017 @ 4:02pm
        rakshop said | July 5th 2017 @ 4:02pm | ! Report

        Like they did in game one??????

        • July 5th 2017 @ 4:10pm
          KingCowboy said | July 5th 2017 @ 4:10pm | ! Report

          You are right, it is smart to judge them all over one performance instead of the last 12 years. You must at the top of your field with your thinking! With your great thinking, Daley is the greatest coach ever in the game, you know, off game one!

          • July 5th 2017 @ 4:18pm
            rakshop said | July 5th 2017 @ 4:18pm | ! Report

            No but in the last 12 years QLD also had Scott, Inglis, Thurston and Boyd. You cant remove that quality of player, run the same template and expect the same result. Game one was excellent example of that.

            So the last 12 years come next Wednesday is completely irrelevant because 1/3 of what made that template so good will be sitting on the sidelines.

            • July 5th 2017 @ 4:59pm
              Alex L said | July 5th 2017 @ 4:59pm | ! Report

              QLD spent vastly more of the last 12 years with Slater at FB than Boyd.

            • Roar Rookie

              July 5th 2017 @ 8:02pm
              Joe said | July 5th 2017 @ 8:02pm | ! Report

              Exactly right rakshop.

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