Vautin picks bolter in his Game III team
Injuries have added extra uncertainty around the XXXX Queensland Maroons team list for Game III of this year's Origin series.
Veteran prob Nate Myles is recovering from the knee injury that ruled him out of Origin II and utility player Michael Morgan is racing the clock to beat a knee problem he poicked up in that game. Neither are certain to be fit, and even if they are would likely come back into the team with no lead-up games under their belts.
While many pundits have proposed that coach Kevin Walters use his 2-0 series lead to blood new players, it's a strategy that flies in the face of the Maroons' famous "pick and stick"mentality.
Pick and stick, or plan for the future. What would you do?
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It's a tough choice. The fact that there is no obvious answer is a testament to how much importance the Maroons camp is putting on achieving a rare clean sweep in this year's Holden State of Origin Game III on June 13 at ANZ Stadium.
Former Origin Great, Maroons coach, captain and player Paul Vautin, would do a little of both.
He grabbed the QRL Team Picker and built his preferred XXXX Maroons squad.
"I'd slot Nate Myles straight back in, in place of Jacob Lilyman," Vautin said. "Jacob had a good game in Origin II, but Nate is the encumbent, and he goes back in for me."
The utility role is where Vautin would play his wildcard. "If Morgan is ruled out, I'd introduce Ben Barba on the bench in the utility role. He's back in good form and he's got that X-factor, that spark.
The official XXXX Queensland Maroons team for Game III will be announced on Monday afternoon, with the players gathering for the start of Camp III throughout the day.