Cameron Munster was well off the pace in Origin I as Queensland were destroyed by NSW. But his poor night should serve as a warning sign to the Blues if they think the series is already heading south of the Tweed.
Munster was at his mercurial best as ‘the worst Queensland side in history” claimed the 2020 end-of-season series.
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But the maverick playmaker was off the boil after coming back from injury in last Wednesday’s record NSW win.
The Townsville demolition, though, should be a concern for NSW and not the Maroons, according to Munster’s old teammate Cooper Cronk.
Speaking on Fox League’s Big League Wrap Cronk said Munster, who escaped with a fine for his second kicking charge in the space of a week, would bounce back “ferociously”.
“I think he had his colours lowered on Wednesday night,” Cronk said.
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“He walked on water last year and won the series for Queensland and he thought that was going to happen in game one and they really took it him and the Queenslanders.
“I expect him to bounce back ferociously in the second game.
“Good players don’t play two bad games in a row and I expect him to be Wally Lewis-like Cameron Smith-like in game two, he has to be.”
Fellow Fox League pundit Michael Ennis claimed that Munster, who endured another out of sorts performance against the Warriors on Sunday, was the only player who could flip the series in Queensland’s favour.
“He’s such a tough bugger, he’s a risk taker and a passionate player and a real competitor,” Ennis said.
“At times that spills over, whether it’s frustration or him on a good day, he’s just hasn’t played well for the last two games and they need him to play well in the next fortnight.
“He’s their Cameron Smith, their Wally Lewis, he is Queensland, he’s the one that can turn the series – if anyone in that Queensland side can it’s him.”
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