Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Parker Should Be Shoe-In for Test as He Makes Every Post a Winner

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Parker Should Be Shoe-In for Test as He Makes Every Post a Winner

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IT was a thrill for many fans when Corey Parker won the Wally Lewis Medal last week for player of the series in State of Origin rugby league.

He is a player who didn't get a look-in for Origin for many years but, once there, made every post a winner.

Selecting a player of the series wasn't an easy call and I mentioned five names at home as they prepared for the announcement.

I didn't mention Parker in my possibles lists but you couldn't argue with the decision. He is the favourite player of one Darling Downs 11 years representative player from Warwick.

Not many have talked about it but the State of Origin series result came down to a Cooper Cronk field goal in the first game after NSW mucked up many chances for a one-pointer.

The most interesting thing about Origin was the fact the Maroons didn't have to go high or tackle illegally to get on top in game three.

It was simple hard tackling which put the Maroons on top and kept the Maroons on top for the rest of the game.

One other aspect of the game will be the impact on the next Australian team selected which should have a strong Queensland component after a 52--6 win. Parker, for example, must be a shoe-in for a starting spot in the next Test.

Watto support

READERS of this column will know I am a Shane Watson fan but I couldn't argue about him being dropped for Mitch Marsh for the Ashes first Test or, as now happened, for the second Test.

It's interesting to see captain Michael Clarke speaking highly of Watto's value to the team when, a couple of years ago, it was reported the pair were at odds.

Credit to both for patching up any differences, if there was, for the good of the team.

His dropping this week will not change my thoughts on the support from Clarke for Watson. There have been rave reviews on Mitch Marsh for the past five years.

Also interesting was that the Marsh brothers narrowly missed the cut for the first Test, which proves having Dad as a retired Test player doesn't give a player any advantage.

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