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globalrugbyleague - Tue, 13 May 2008 16:31:00 GMT
Wayne Bennett thought Queensland wasn’t ‘silly’ enough to pick Karmichael Hunt at five-eighth ahead of Scott Prince. On Tuesday afternoon he was proven wrong.
Prince – who has been heavily instrumental in pushing the Gold Coast Titans into top four contention this season – missed out on representing the Maroons against the Blues in Game 1 of this year’s State of Origin series at ANZ Stadium on May 21.
Two days prior to selectors making their choice, the media queried the former Maroons coach on the prospect of Hunt getting the nod ahead of Prince. His response was that the concept had to be a gee up.
“Scott Prince is one of the best team players I’ve ever coached. I coached him at the Broncos for three years…..you guys are making this up, aren’t you?", Bennett said.
“You’re just geeing me up, aren’t you? We couldn’t be that silly.”
Looks like the media’s imagination wasn’t working overtime. It was pin-point accurate.
Queensland chairman of selectors Des Morris revealed it was a tough decision, but said that selectors felt Prince was a halfback and Hunt's versatility won him the No.6 jersey with Darren Lockyer unavailable due to injury.
Morris said he felt for Prince but pointed out the Titans' play maker was competing against the best halfback in the world.
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