Phil Gould’s brutal selection call Wayne Bennett must make for Maroons to win Origin decider
Phil Gould believes Queensland are no chance of winning the decider at Suncorp Stadium unless they make a brutal selection call for Origin III.
Gould backed Souths’ No.1 Corey Allan to play at fullback because he doesn’t believes Valentine Holmes has enough match fitness to play the position at Origin level this season.
“Valentine Holmes hadn’t played a lot of football leading into that game,” Gould said Wide World of Sports’ Six Tackles with Gus podcast.
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“I just don’t know if he had the miles in the legs to deal with that kicking game that NSW came up with.
“Now Corey Allan has come in on the wing. He’s not a winger, he’s a fullback. And for mine, Valentine Holmes isn’t a fullback he’s a winger.
“A lot of coaches would be reluctant to make that change, Wayne Bennett would not.”
22-year-old Allan has alternated between fullback and wing in his NRL career to date, but has played No.1 all through the junior ranks.
Allan scored five tries in 10 games for the Rabbitohs in 2020 after taking over from injured fullback Latrell Mitchell.
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At 25, Holmes has the potential to be a good fullback, but has played most of his career for the Sharks and Maroons on the wing.
Holmes scored four tries in 12 games for the Cowboys in his first season back from the NFL, but struggled with form and fitness, which is why Gould favours Allan in the No.1 jersey.
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“If I was Wayne Bennett I would be playing Valentine Holmes on the wing and Corey Allan at fullback,” Gould said.
“Corey Allan has the miles in the legs. He’s the genuine fullback and he’s done it with South Sydney up until the preliminary finals. He’s well versed in what Wayne wants and he’s also got the fitness edge.
Valentine Holmes has not played a lot of footy in 2020.Source:Getty Images
“Valentine Holmes is a great athlete, but he hasn’t played a lot of football and I still don’t think he’s suited to playing fullback. I think he’s one of the world’s best wingers and that’s where I would be playing him.”
Originally published asGus’ brutal selection call Bennett must make for Maroons to win Origin decider
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