With Origin fast approaching and having profiled their NSW counterparts last week, we thought we would take a look at which Queensland stars from 2018 are in danger of losing their Origin jersey.
2. Tim Glasby
After being the subject of a controversial article from the Courier Mail which slammed Glasby’s selection for Origin II in 2017, the ex-Storm player has gone onto feature on three occasions for the Banana bender’s.
While Glasby was selected off the back of his ability to slow and control the ruck thanks to the tutelage of Craig Bellamy at the Storm, Glasby has been solid without being spectacular in his three outings for the Maroons, averaging 84 running metres per appearance as well as 22 tackles.
While he is more renowned for his underlying numbers and ability to control the ruck than flashy plays, these strengths have fallen off a cliff since moving to the Hunter.
Glasby has averaged a lowly 72 running metres per game, as well as averaging only 40 minutes per game at lock. For context, his ex-Storm teammate Dale Finucane has averaged 56 minutes per game in the number 13 jersey this season. Glasby’s ability to slow and influence the ruck since joining the Knights has also lessened, with opposition hookers Apisai Koroisau, Cameron McInnes and Josh Hodgson running riot from hooker against the Knights in recent weeks.
If Glasby is to retain his Origin jersey for the first game in Brisbane, he and the Knights will have to have a huge upturn in form over the coming weeks.