Winners and losers for Maroons in Origin game II
KEVIN Walters has named his Queensland team for game two.
As always there's a couple of surprise inclusions and a couple of baffling omissions from the Maroons squad.
So which players were stiff to miss out, and who was lucky to get a gig?
We run through the winners and losers.
The centre signed his Origin death sentence during game one. He was made look a fool against Jarryd Hayne, a man who has played only a handful of games in the centres. When O'Neill was named in Origin I, his defensive quality was noted in justifying his selection but on the night he was more turnstile than brick wall. O'Neill finished the game with a whopping eight missed tackles.
The unluckiest of the men omitted from the team, Oates was one of the Maroons' best in game one.
Despite inconsistent club form before the series opener, Oates ran for 138 metres with some tough carries out of trouble.
He scored a spectacular try off a Cooper Cronk kick and was unlucky not to score another.
Standing 192 centimetres tall and weighing 106 kilos, Oates is a big body and attacking threat the team is now without.
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It's the end of the road for the veteran.
A devastating ball runner who can play in the middle or an edge, Thaiday came under fire for his lack of aggression in game one.
Making 50 metres from seven carries in game one, it was thought the Bronco would survive the axe with a warning to lift his game but alas Thaiday's 29-game Origin career is now over.
A dislocated shoulder spared the five-eighth the axe with Johnathan Thurston cleared to make his Origin return.
The 22-year-old made his Origin debut in game one and was solid without lighting the world on fire.
Milford made 72 metres from six runs and three tackle breaks. While he troubled the Blues' line on several occasions, he's no JT.
In game one he made 63 metres from eight carries.
Many considered his selection for the opener to be a shock but experience got him across the line.
Picking up an elbow injury in that game and dealing with chronic knee issues, the veteran forward's career is winding down.
At 31, Myles has been a loyal servant who feared no man. While you can't question his passion for the state, you can question the health of his body.
The 29-year-old has been below his best for the past 12 months or so.
While he was impressive for the Roosters on the weekend with a two-try effort, he marked his card months ago.
Having played 10 Origins for the Maroons, the door isn't closed on him earning a recall but there's certainly plenty of hazards in his way.
Another chapter has been closed.
At 33 Lillyman's career is winding down.
Unsure whether he'll continue on in the NRL next season, the Warriors prop has been a loyal servant.
A no-fuss kind of footballer, Lillyman prides himself on ripping in but as he ages, he slows and it's time for generation next to take over.
It's scary, isn't it? He's only 20 and far from reaching his full potential.
He's in just his second season of full first grade and already, like his frame, the raps he's receiving are huge.
Tipping the scales at 110 kilos and standing 190 centimetres, Hess is a powerhouse.
A hard runner and mountain of muscle, his frame makes him awkward to tackle and that could spell trouble for the Blues.
It was strange to think that you could pull on a Kangaroos jumper one week and miss the Maroons team the next but that was the Cronulla star's reality in game one.
A fullback who is equally at home on the wing, Holmes is an attacking machine.
With safe hands, magic feet and speed to burn, Holmes is a giant coup for Queensland's attack.
His overlooking for the series opener was met with great uproar but Billy the kid is back.
The 33-year-old hasn't feature in a Maroons jersey since 2015 and barely played any footy but with his shoulder finally fixed, the fullback has wasted little time getting into his groove.
An attacking machine, his speed and timing is still there but what about his defence?
While putting his body on the line was a concern for officials ahead of game one, the Melbourne star has shown in previous weeks he's not afraid to put it on the line which has prompted his Origin return.
At 31, Cooper will kit up for just his second game in Maroon.
After making his Origin debut in game three last year, the back-rower returns to the fold alongside his Cowboys teammate Johnathan Thurston.
With Thurston sure to be a target, Cooper will be tasked with the job of bodyguard.
He's in career-best form and finally rewarded for it.
Wallace is on the verge of making his Origin debut but first he needs to get a win over the NRL.
Facing a week for a shoulder charge on Blake Ayshford over the weekend, the 25-year-old will challenge the ruling at the judiciary.
Part of the Queensland emerging squad, Glasby has been named to make his Origin debut.
Part of the Melbourne system, the 28-year-old has been a consistent performer for the past 24 months.
A no-nonsense forward who can also play on an edge, Glasby replaces Sam Thaiday.