Sport Qld Maroons are in good hands: Slater

22:32  11 july  2018
22:32  11 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

NSW have 'out-Origined' Qld: Slater

  NSW have 'out-Origined' Qld: Slater New Queensland captain Billy Slater admits NSW have "out-Origined" his side this year but believes his side can spark a revival by claiming game three.For years Queensland may have set the State of Origin benchmark but Billy Slater admits NSW have "out-Origined" his side this series as the Maroons look to avoid a rare whitewash.

Ahead of his final State of Origin, Billy Slater is set to be handed the Queensland captaincy for the first time.The Maroons are expected to confirm on

Billy Slater has been named as Queensland Maroons captain for his last-ever State of Origin match. More. Ahead of his final State of Origin, Billy Slater is set to be handed the Queensland captaincy for the first time.

  Qld Maroons are in good hands: Slater © AAP A relieved Billy Slater says he's leaving Queensland in good hands after delivering what he believes the new-look Maroons needed most - that winning feeling.

Queensland provided one final highlight for stand-in skipper Slater, downing NSW 18-12 in State of Origin III in Brisbane in a fitting farewell for the veteran fullback.

Polarising Maroons playmaker Daly Cherry-Evans was a standout after ending three years in the Origin wilderness.

After his 31st and final Origin, Slater said it was vital for the Maroons' future that he helped deny the Blues their first series whitewash in 18 years.

The dead rubber win ensured Queensland savoured victory for the first time as they began life without their Big Three - Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston.

Billy Slater man of the series despite missing a game, Maroons losing

  Billy Slater man of the series despite missing a game, Maroons losing The legendary fullback looked as shocked as anyone when he was announced as the winner of the Wally Lewis Medal.Even Billy Slater looked stunned when he heard the news. Man of the match? That was at least feasable, although Queensland had some good ones at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.

Official Twitter of the QLD Maroons . #QLDER. Queensland , Australia. Twitter will use this to make your timeline better . Undo. OFFICIAL: Billy Slater to captain Queensland team for the first time in his final Maroons appearance.

Rugby League: Billy Slater will trudge off into State of Origin retirement knowing his beloved Queensland No.1 jersey is in safe hands when he passes the baton to heir a. Definite star of the future but I think QLD would have been better off having another forward out there in his place.

"I was disappointed the fellas hadn't had that Origin winning feeling," Slater said.

"I really wanted to deliver that to them because it is important. There were a few guys who hadn't felt it this year.

State of Origin: Freddy Fittler thought Tom Trbojevic deserved to win man of the series instead of Billy Slater

  State of Origin: Freddy Fittler thought Tom Trbojevic deserved to win man of the series instead of Billy Slater <p>Billy Slater became the first footballer to win the Wally Lewis Medal for the best player in an Origin series while being on the losing side.</p>As you have probably heard, Billy Slater became the first footballer to win the Wally Lewis Medal for the best player in an Origin series while being on the losing side.

There is turmoil at the top in Queensland , given the continuing division among selectors whether Billy Slater should be chosen in the Maroons team for the second State of Origin The best Queensland teams tend to be confrontational, edgy, proprietary, strained, a cutting edge against the rest of Australia.

An ecstatic Billy Slater of the Maroons celebrates victory with team-mates. He finally gets his hands on it cleanly before he’s hit 1m short. But he’s not held and he gets up to plant the ball for his third try of the night! If Qld go on to win this game, as they are in a good position to do, NSW will forever rue

"They (NSW) earnt their series win this year, we need to learn from that but we needed that win - there is a bright future."

Next year the Maroons will be without the Big Four after Slater bowed out in style.

He not only earned man of the match honours but was also controversially awarded the Wally Lewis Medal as player of the series despite missing the Melbourne opener with injury.

Slater was Queensland captain for the first time in his final game after stepping in for Greg Inglis (broken thumb).

Slater's representative retirement ensures Inglis will be the last man standing from Queensland's 2006 side which sparked their stunning run of 11 series wins in the last 12 years.

But Slater walks away with no regrets, all but anointing Newcastle's Kalyn Ponga as his fullback replacement.

"Queensland is in a really good position. We have a great squad," Slater said.

"Look at Kayln Ponga and what he did in game two - we are in good hands."

Qld's Oates like Sailor, Tuqiri: Slater

  Qld's Oates like Sailor, Tuqiri: Slater Billy Slater says frustrated back-rower Corey Oates reminds him of Queensland's giant wingers of the past, Wendell Sailor and Lote Tuqiri.Stand-in Maroons skipper Billy Slater gave a compelling case for Oates to stay in the backline, saying the Brisbane star reminded him of the Maroons' giant wingers of the past.

Billy Slater will captain Queensland in his 31st and final State of Origin game after Greg Inglis was ruled out with a broken thumb.

Good times. The magic of QLD 's 1995 MCG victory. Queensland coach Kevin Walters has today confirmed the Maroons line-up in the wake of Billy Slater ’s withdrawal from Wednesday’s opening match of the Holden State of Origin series.

Queensland coach Kevin Walters may have suffered his first series defeat in his third year at the helm but he is relieved to send Slater out a winner.

"That was important for us as a team to get something out of the series and secondly to send Billy Slater out of this arena a winner," Walters said.

"It really does set us up for the next two or three years."

Walters' luck this year only seemed to get worse after Smith announced his shock representative retirement weeks before the series.

But Walters now holds no fears for the future thanks to the legacy left by the likes of Slater.

"All those great players of the last 12 years have left a great footprint on what to do at this level to be successful," he said.

"We have to learn from that but I think our guys in the shed learnt a lot about Origin just by getting that win."

Fittler takes cheeky swipe at Smith retirement .
The Maroons were rocked by the retirement of Cameron Smith just weeks out from Game 1 and Blues coach Brad Fittler has thrown out a theory as to why.Smith’s retirement three weeks out from Game 1 shocked many, and the Maroons have suffered in the absence of the 35-year-old.

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