BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 11: Daly Cherry-Evans of the Maroons runs the ball during game three of the State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has highlighted Maroons halfback Daly Cherry-Evans’ performance during Queensland’s game three Origin win, saying it has put him in the mix for an Australian recall.

The Manly playmaker put in an emphatic display on Wednesday night, squeezing the Blues and forcing them to play in their half while controlling the contest.

And Meninga has praised the 29-year old for rising to the occasion.

“It was great to see, his control was excellent, his management was excellent, his kicking game was the best I’ve seen from anyone at that level for a long, long time to be honest,” Meninga told NRL Media.

“I think at the end of the day that was the difference, that constant pressure on the Blues’ try-line in the first half.

“Manly won’t make the eight you wouldn’t think, so it’s another few important weeks for Manly and Daly as well, but it puts him in the forefront.”

Cherry-Evans returned for the Maroons this year after a three-year absence and has not played for Australia since the 2014 Four Nations tournament.

With the Kangaroos side set to be announced on Sunday, Meninga confirmed that it would contain a host of Blues following their impressive Origin win.

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“Tommy Trbojevic had a terrific series and you saw him stand up and be one of the better players in game three,” Meninga said.

“I like [Josh] Addo-Carr I thought he had a great series, Latrell Mitchell played really well, [Jack] de Belin in his first series was really good as well.

“[Angus] Crichton off the bench too, I thought they handled it all really well, it’s a really good experience, and I thought Boyd Cordner led the side well and [Tyson] Frizell.”

After missing out on World Cup selection last year, Meninga said Raiders lock Josh Papalii is also pressing his case for an Australian jersey.

“At No.13 I think he’s excelled and been one of the best forwards in the competition at the moment on form,” Meninga said.

“I thought he was used sparingly through Origin, but I think he made enough of an impact through those three games to warrant being on the selection table.

“The good thing about Papa is he’s got flexibility, he can play edge, he can play middle – in the middle suits him because he’s got a big motor.

“Before this year you would have thought he would play left or right edge, but the 13 seems to suit him, he’s got a good motor, good footwork and he can play big minutes.”


  1. Why not pick Parramattas halves Moses and Norman? I get a huge laugh everytime they mess up and wildly throw their arms around in an attempt to blame someone else. lol

    • How are all those premierships going TragicTitan?
      It’s funny when someone who follows a total loser team like the Titans puts crap on other teams.

      • Eels are are total loser team aswell, went through a massive rebuild to just get the spoon again.

      • Since the Titans entered the NRL we have the same number of premierships that Parra have won in that time …ZERO. Nice deflection but that doesn’t change the fact that Moses and Norman need to take responsibility for their actions.

  2. Great stuff! Good to see Mal isn’t overlooking Daly just because of where Manly are placed, he has still had a strong season and he showed in game 3 for Queensland he is built for the rep arena and when surrounded by a stable environment and good support he can shine. Munster and Daly hit it off and looked really good together so that’ll more then likely be the halves pairing for Aus. Cleary probably didn’t show enough yet and Maloneys age will hurt him.

  3. If Munster is going to be the 6 then this makes sense. Maloney is a fantastic game manager, one of the best but Munster is a much better runner of the ball so if you miss out on the game management of Maloney then bringing in DCE is the right move.

  4. Seriously if DCE and Munster get in in front of the Blues halves it will just go to show Smellmafinga is showing favouritism to qld players.

  5. What i can’t believe is that Meninga is looking at putting Hunt in has hooker over Cook, if this happens he needs to be sacked.

    One game doesn’t make you a great player , Cleary needs to be half no matter who is 5/8, he played three games and was on the winning team, that’s all that matters, DCE played great, and truth be told i’m happy for him, but Cleary should be first picked cause he played in the winning team.

    • 不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不Penso a man that knows very little about Rugby League. If you looked at the Australian Merit team mate you will see they went exactly the way I predicted. Maloney 7 and Munster 6. Cleary did absolutely nothing during the state of Origin.

  6. Moloney would be the half as he has been playing that role for NSW and Munster 5/8. Cleary did very little as a so called halfback and was very disappointing tacking control of nothing. Cleary basically went along for the ride this year to give him some experience but Maloney ran the show in every possible way.

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