Maroons coach Billy Slater said Queensland was “in a good position now” and that several young stars had emerged in the original selection frame.
Slater noted that the Broncos have created some exciting new options, especially for delegate responsibilities. Winger Selwyn Cobo and forwards Patrick Carrigan and Tom Flaler are all thriving as part of a new look that is determined to break the deadlock of last season without a final football.
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Cobbo, who is just 19 years old, called for his Origin selection after former Queensland coach Paul Watin played in his 17th first-grade game on Friday night, scoring a hat-trick in a 38-0 win over Brisbane Manley.
Slater admits Cobbo, who has never been to a junior Maroon team, began to enter the election frame.
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“He’s starting to put together consistent performances. Only young, but his work certainly tells a different story.”
But keeping Slater’s mind open is Kobe’s opposite winger Corey Oates, as well as forwards Carrigan and Flaler.
“I think Corey Oates is having a great season in the other wing as well,” Slater added.
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“Patrick Carrigan and Tom Flaler in the middle of the field – they’re coordinating really well and they’re setting the tone with a pained smile.
“Their names must be thrown out.”
Host Matt Thompson asked Slater about several other Queensland forwards, including Gold Coast’s Moaki Fotuaika and North Queensland’s Jeremiah Nanai and Ruben Kotar.
“We’re in a good position right now and it’s important that we don’t fix ourselves on 17 players,” Slater responded.
“We have to look at the whole division, it’s going to take more than that. These players also put pressure on each other.
“[There are] A lot of Queenslanders are telling me out loud that they want to be part of this State of Origin series and play for Queensland, which is a good sign for us. “
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