‘Great Challenge’: Maroon legend questions Broncos Young Gun roster – Origin Scout

Queensland legend Darren Lockyer has cast doubt on Selwyn Cobbo’s potential Origin roster to take on the Blues in the opening game of the Sydney series.

The 19-year-old was in great form for the Broncos, demonstrating both aerial skill and a blazing pace to score nine tries in 11 games.

Many have called for the young weapon to be injected into the Origin arena, but Lockyer, a 36-match Origin veteran, isn’t so sure.

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“He’s a pretty laid-back player, but to go against the Blues in the first game in Sydney – that’s a big challenge,” Lockyer said. Nine is 100% Footy.

“I’m not saying he can’t handle it, but you have to take a lot of those things into account.

“Just because they play well… in their clubs, that doesn’t always translate to playing well on that stage.”

During Cobbo’s strong run of performances, the Broncos have racked up a streak of four wins to climb as high as fifth on the ladder.

Cobbo has scored a hat-trick and three doubles in his last five NRL games, and an injury to a Cowboys veteran could see him find a place in a Maroon jersey.

Kyle Feldt played two Origin games in 2021 but suffered a knee injury that will leave him out of the series opener.

Xavier Coates will likely take one spot on the rim, while Cobbo’s Broncos teammate Corey Oates has had another season and his past experience could earn him the wink.


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Queensland coach Billy Slater revealed what he wanted to see from Cobbo’s young weapon combo and Cowboys star Jeremiah Nanai, which is the biggest indicator they might be getting a “chance”.

“With age comes youth and exuberance, and you see that in the Cowboys right now,” Slater said. WWO.

“The only thing they don’t have is experience. But you only get experience when you get the chance.

“It’s not just the highlights that Selwyn Cobbo and Jeremiah Nanai have put in, it’s the effort plays, the defensive moves that get the ball out of trouble. Do a lot of the things the team sees, but not necessarily what we focus on on TV. They did, which is very good.

“Age is just a number to me when they perform those actions.”

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State of Origin hopeful Ryan Matterson knows better than anyone why coach Brad Fittler only pencils his selections.

Three years after making his NSW debut, the versatile Eels forward is on the cusp of earning roster for the series opener, as the Blues look for new talent to cover an injury roster that appears every week. grows.

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Star centers Tom Trbojevic and Latrell Mitchell are both out, as is reliable midfielder Dale Finucane. Hopeful Victor Radley and Ryan Papenhuyzen are also offside as Cam Murray races against the clock to be fit.

That opens the door for someone like Matterson to come to the sidelines for the first game in Sydney on June 8.

“You have to be able to cover (injuries, HIA and sin bins) so that will definitely work in his favor,” Fittler said after watching Matterson go wild in Parramatta’s thrilling win over Manly.

“Right now there’s a bit of a puzzle, so we just sit back and stick with a pencil.”

Matterson said he hadn’t spoken to Fittler about selection, but he recalled one of his most recent chats in 2019 when he was told he would be promoted from 18th man and to the starting lineup for match two of that series in Perth.

“There was a game where Freddy tapped me on the shoulder on game day because Tyson Frizell hurt his neck,” Matterson said in the CommBank Stadium sheds.

“He says, ‘Matto, you’re playing,’ so I remember calling Mom and Dad and saying, ‘Maybe I’m playing.’ It was in Perth, so they were wondering if they should fly, but I said they wouldn’t get there.

“I got a warm up and thought I was playing, but then Frizell did a great job getting his neck right. He ended up on the pitch and had an absolute blinder.”

Ryan Matterson celebrates scoring against the Sydney Roosters. Image: Albert Perez/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

The hectic couple of hours had a number of issues, including finding it nearly impossible to find Asics boots in a city that’s all about AFL.

“I was a little stressed because I needed boots,” he said.

“I also rolled my ankle the day before, so all day I only got physio on my ankle because I thought I was playing. I went to do what it took, because in the Origin arena the adrenaline is pumping you of course on and want to play.

“It was good to be close, but what can you do?

“I haven’t spoken to Freddy and I don’t think I’m in a position to do that. I’m just playing my best football here for Parramatta.

“It’s up to Freddy and what he wants to choose. I think putting on a Blues jersey is every kid’s dream, so I’d be thrilled if I got the call.”

Matterson can also pass. Image: Bradley Kanaris/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Matterson will not have a contract at the end of the year, but a major problem could not be far away if he maintains this form.

He has put contract talks in the hands of his manager, and his decision to focus solely on improving his game sets him up for higher honors.

“I think I’ve been feeling ready (for Origin) for a while,” Matterson said.

“Opportunities present themselves and Freddy picks his best 17 of course. NSW has done well with all series and if the squad doesn’t lose you can’t really change it. Sometimes you just have to bide your time and think about club football first.”

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