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Monday, 13 May 2019

Why Cameron Smith is 'going to play' Origin


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The writing is on the wall, Cameron Smith “has to play” Origin.

That’s the word from NRL guru Phil Gould who believes there is no other option after Maroons great Wally Lewis’ light-heartedly called out the Queenslander’s integrity.

 “If you’re a Queenslander, if you’re an honest Queenslander, declare that you’re going to be fit and ready for the game,” Lewis quipped on Wide World of Sports’ 100% Origin.

Don’t be fooled by the jovial back and forth. Gould asserted it has been that very nature surrounding the narrative of Smith’s return that has ultimately willed it into an almost certainty.

Cameron Smith wins State of Origin with the Maroons

Conjecture has been rife since Smith has toyed with the idea of a representative return from the beginning of the season.

Seemingly playing down speculation, he has become the master of slamming the door on his return hard enough that it bounces back open, just a crack.

And while that act has bubbled along much to the delight of media and fans, the insurmountable whispers surrounding his return have grown to a noise that cannot now be ignored for Brad Fittler and his NSW Blues Gould warned.

“I’m getting the gut feel, not just that he will play, he has to play, they’ve got no one else,” he told Nine’s 100% Footy.

Cameron Smith

“Three weeks ago when all this talk about Cameron smith came up I said ‘No he’s don’t his duty, why would you send him back there’.

“Now it’s at the point where there’s too much noise, he’s going to do it.”

Most recently, Storm coach Craig Bellamy gave his “blessing” should Smith nominate himself for the Maroons.

“If Cameron wanted to play Origin again, he’d do so with my blessing and I imagine the club would feel the same,” Bellamy said.

Cameron Smith lines up for Queensland

“With what he’s done for our club and the game in general if that’s what he wanted to do I wouldn’t stand in his way.”

The injection of Smith would be an undoubted boost of experience and skill for coach Kevin Walters, but questions have been raised over the capabilities of his body at his age.

However, Gould revealed the 35-year-old could easily preserve himself with his own unique brand of orchestration.

“It’s such a hard brand of football…but a hooker he can get by,” Gould said.

Thurston and Smith

“He can go and play his Cameron smith game and it won’t be anywhere near as physically taxing.

“I thought it was no chance, I’m now saying it will happen.

“I don’t think it will hurt his legacy, even if they get beaten 3-0.”

The writing is on the wall, Cameron Smith “has to play” Origin.

That’s the word from NRL guru Phil Gould who believes there is no other option after Maroons great Wally Lewis’ light-heartedly called out the Queenslander’s integrity.

 “If you’re a Queenslander, if you’re an honest Queenslander, declare that you’re going to be fit and ready for the game,” Lewis quipped on Wide World of Sports’ 100% Origin.

Don’t be fooled by the jovial back and forth. Gould asserted it has been that very nature surrounding the narrative of Smith’s return that has ultimately willed it into an almost certainty.

Cameron Smith wins State of Origin with the Maroons

Conjecture has been rife since Smith has toyed with the idea of a representative return from the beginning of the season.

Seemingly playing down speculation, he has become the master of slamming the door on his return hard enough that it bounces back open, just a crack.

And while that act has bubbled along much to the delight of media and fans, the insurmountable whispers surrounding his return have grown to a noise that cannot now be ignored for Brad Fittler and his NSW Blues Gould warned.

“I’m getting the gut feel, not just that he will play, he has to play, they’ve got no one else,” he told Nine’s 100% Footy.

Cameron Smith

“Three weeks ago when all this talk about Cameron smith came up I said ‘No he’s don’t his duty, why would you send him back there’.

“Now it’s at the point where there’s too much noise, he’s going to do it.”

Most recently, Storm coach Craig Bellamy gave his “blessing” should Smith nominate himself for the Maroons.

“If Cameron wanted to play Origin again, he’d do so with my blessing and I imagine the club would feel the same,” Bellamy said.

Cameron Smith lines up for Queensland

“With what he’s done for our club and the game in general if that’s what he wanted to do I wouldn’t stand in his way.”

The injection of Smith would be an undoubted boost of experience and skill for coach Kevin Walters, but questions have been raised over the capabilities of his body at his age.

However, Gould revealed the 35-year-old could easily preserve himself with his own unique brand of orchestration.

“It’s such a hard brand of football…but a hooker he can get by,” Gould said.

Thurston and Smith

“He can go and play his Cameron smith game and it won’t be anywhere near as physically taxing.

“I thought it was no chance, I’m now saying it will happen.

“I don’t think it will hurt his legacy, even if they get beaten 3-0.”

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