Matt Scott’s last shot at Origin
MATT Scott is playing for his Origin career against the Warriors as Cowboys teammates Coen Hess and Gavin Cooper appealed for Maroons hierarchy not to wield the axe.
The Maroons' team for Origin II is named on Monday, giving Cowboys enforcer Scott one final chance to audition for a Queensland recall when he charges into a monster Warriors pack in Townsville.
Scott was a shock omission for Queensland's 22-12 loss in Game One, but the Cowboys warhorse can resurrect his decorated 22-game Origin career by spearheading a Warriors boilover.
Queensland coach Kevin Walters confirmed Scott is in line for selection and Hess believes the Maroons need the Cowboys co-captain's experience for Origin II at Sydney's ANZ Stadium on Sunday week.
"I would love to see Matt Scott get another chance (for Queensland)," said Cowboys cohort Hess, who played off the bench for the Maroons in Origin I.
"'Thumper' (Scott) has been working hard here at the Cowboys and we've all seen what he has done in the Origin arena in the past.
"His experience can make a difference. I'm sure he wants to be back in the Queensland jersey, but I guess it's up to how he plays and which way the selectors want to go for Game Two."
The Maroons lost the midfield battle in Game One, with starting props Dylan Napa (84 metres) and Jarrod Wallace (43 metres) both failing to register 100 metres as NSW's forward took control.
Scott tallied 111 metres against Parramatta last week - his second-best output of the season - but must deliver his best performance of the year tonight to convince Walters he is back to full fitness.
While Scott's Origin career is on the line, Hess concedes he and Cooper cannot be considered selection untouchables after being part of Queensland's midfield mauling.
The duo have felt the effects of North Queensland's dismal season, but Hess hopes Maroons selectors stay loyal and put the Cowboys' lowly club campaign in perspective.
"I guess Queensland might look at making changes because of the loss," he said.
"I would love to hold my spot. I guess my fate is in the hands of selectors now but I felt I did a fair job off the bench.
"I'm a lot more comfortable now in the Origin environment and during the game I was as best prepared as I've ever been. I was reasonably happy with what I did."
Cooper says Queensland should not make a raft of changes but believes the injection of Scott can help square the series.
"I know Kevvie was close (to picking) Thumper," he said.
"He's been in the Queensland team for a long time. Everyone knows what he's going to bring. He'll bring his aggressive game.
"If he was to get the call from Kev to say he's in, he'd deserve it. But who misses out … it's a tough one."