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Saturday, 16 March 2019

Freddy hails 'outstanding' NSW Origin bolter


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Young Rabbitohs forward Cameron Murray has the quality to play State of Origin for NSW, says Blues coach Brad Fittler.

Murray, 21, was superb at lock for South Sydney as they registered a round one win over reigning premiers the Sydney Roosters at the SCG.

While Fittler will be loathe to change his NSW team too much after winning last year's series, he was impressed by Murray on Friday night.

"He was outstanding," Fittler said on the Sunday Footy Show.

"Especially at the SCG, the Bulli soil in the middle - that is so slippery. Him, Damien Cook and Jake Friend were the only people that could keep their balance in the middle.

"I thought South Sydney's tactics early were to spread the ball and just pretty much give it to Cameron Murray through the middle and see what he can do. His balance and speed, his play-the-ball's so quick, and he still has that awareness to chase kicks."

Asked if he could see Murray in Origin, Fittler said: "Yeah, absolutely.

"The big thing about it is he also got two errors out of the Roosters. He's a great defender, he gets up - like [Roosters star] Victor [Radley] - under the ball and always gets it loose. He got one on Jared Waerea-Hargreaves early in the game.

"That's what he's doing all the time. While everyone's trying to tackle around the ball, he's getting up under you so fast, quick and powerful that he's always getting you."

Channel Nine commentator and former NSW halfback Peter Sterling said Murray, who plays at just 90kg, had another key quality.

"His lack of size is compensated by the late footwork he has at the line," Sterling said.

"He doesn't carry the same bulk as a lot of other forwards, but when you've got late footwork and become such a difficult target, then you can play at his weight and be super effective, like Victor Radley does."

Young Rabbitohs forward Cameron Murray has the quality to play State of Origin for NSW, says Blues coach Brad Fittler.

Murray, 21, was superb at lock for South Sydney as they registered a round one win over reigning premiers the Sydney Roosters at the SCG.

While Fittler will be loathe to change his NSW team too much after winning last year's series, he was impressed by Murray on Friday night.

"He was outstanding," Fittler said on the Sunday Footy Show.

"Especially at the SCG, the Bulli soil in the middle - that is so slippery. Him, Damien Cook and Jake Friend were the only people that could keep their balance in the middle.

"I thought South Sydney's tactics early were to spread the ball and just pretty much give it to Cameron Murray through the middle and see what he can do. His balance and speed, his play-the-ball's so quick, and he still has that awareness to chase kicks."

Asked if he could see Murray in Origin, Fittler said: "Yeah, absolutely.

"The big thing about it is he also got two errors out of the Roosters. He's a great defender, he gets up - like [Roosters star] Victor [Radley] - under the ball and always gets it loose. He got one on Jared Waerea-Hargreaves early in the game.

"That's what he's doing all the time. While everyone's trying to tackle around the ball, he's getting up under you so fast, quick and powerful that he's always getting you."

Channel Nine commentator and former NSW halfback Peter Sterling said Murray, who plays at just 90kg, had another key quality.

"His lack of size is compensated by the late footwork he has at the line," Sterling said.

"He doesn't carry the same bulk as a lot of other forwards, but when you've got late footwork and become such a difficult target, then you can play at his weight and be super effective, like Victor Radley does."

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