Slater out, GI set to be Qld Origin No.1

Posted February 14th, 2019 by admin and filed in 杭州夜生活
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A revitalised Greg Inglis is primed to take over Queensland’s No.


1 jersey in a crunch State of Origin III after confirmation of Billy Slater’s worst injury fears.

Slater made the difficult decision to call an early end to his season late on Thursday afternoon after being assessed by Melbourne medical staff.

The Storm on Thursday night confirmed the star No.1’s season was over and he would have surgery next week on his injured shoulder.

He did not appear hampered by the injury despite being heavily targeted in Queensland’s 26-18 Origin II loss on Wednesday night in Melbourne.

However, after Slater consulted the Storm medical staff, it was decided surgery was the best course of action to repair a labral tear of his Glenohumeral joint.

Slater said it was an extremely tough call to make, but one in the best interests of his health and the club.

“After each game I play, the battle to get up for the next week is becoming harder and the shoulder takes longer to settle down, not allowing me to play to my full potential.

“Each week, I’ve been focused on getting up for the next game and was able to do that for Origin on Wednesday night at the MCG, however the best decision is to undergo surgery now.

“I’m extremely disappointed not to be available to play for Queensland in game three and especially for the rest of the season with Melbourne Storm,” Slater said.

Melbourne football director Frank Ponissi said after Slater suffered the injury in round five, the club knew he would require surgery at some stage.

“At the time, we made the decision with Billy to take the conservative approach and rehab and strengthen the joint to get to the end of the season, but knowing potentially at some stage we wouldn’t be able to continue with this approach.

“While we would love to see Billy out on the field for the rest of the season, it was becoming harder for him to recover each week between limiting his preparation for games,” Ponissi said.

With Slater to miss Origin III, it looms as one of a number of team changes, with Queensland teammates backing Cooper Cronk to return as halfback and a shake-up in the forwards mooted.

Centre Inglis is the obvious replacement after his barnstorming return to form in game two.

Inglis was a shell of himself in Queensland’s 11-10 game-one win after spending three nights in hospital while being treated for tonsillitis in the lead-up.

However, Inglis was a man possessed in Melbourne, amassing 128m and a remarkable seven tackle busts.

He combined with Darius Boyd to score an Origin record 16th try and could have had another.

However, the video referee disallowed his 90m effort due to a contentious knock-on in the lead-up.

“Inglis will go to fullback – I don’t know whether that’s good or bad (for NSW) because he was colossal last night,” former NSW playmaker Matthew Johns said on Thursday on Triple M radio.

He was just one of Queensland’s walking wounded.

Forward Nate Myles (foot) is in doubt for Gold Coast’s NRL clash on Saturday with the Warriors.

Maroons playmaker Johnathan Thurston will also be monitored before the Cowboys’ Saturday game in Canberra after also copping heavy treatment from NSW.

But most eyes will be on Cronk.

Daly Cherry-Evans failed to step up in his absence and the Maroons will be desperate for Cronk (knee) to return.

“He is a wonderful player and I know he will be doing everything he can to get back on the field,” Slater said.

Former Blues enforcer Mark Geyer also tipped a shake-up in the pack with brutes Dylan Napa and Josh Papalii to be injected.

“They were monstered by (NSW in game two),” he told Triple M.

“The Blues were on a different level from game one.

“They made the Queensland forwards look pedestrian late in the game.”

One of the forwards tipped to make way, Josh McGuire, predictably disagreed.

“They are big boys mate but, with our game plan, we like to change the angles and use our feet,” he said.

“It’s just two different styles really. Obviously last night, we didn’t execute our style to the best of our ability and they got away with the win.”

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