Cavill Heugh, then of Leeds, is tackled by Australia's Martin Bella during a tour match at Headingley in Leeds.
Cavill Heugh, then of Leeds, is tackled by Australia's Martin Bella during a tour match at Headingley in Leeds. The Northern Star

Hunt the man for the job

FORMER Queensland State of Origin second-rower Cavill Heugh believes Karmichael Hunt will prove himself as the Maroons five-eighth in the opening interstate clash against NSW in Sydney tonight.

Much has been made of Hunt's move to five-eighth from fullback after form NRL halfback Scott Prince of the Gold Coast Titans was ignored by Queensland selectors.

But the Casino-based Heugh believes Hunt is up to the challenge.

"He's strong, tough and he can tackle," Heugh said.

"I think he'll be a match for (Greg) Bird and he used to play basketball so he has plenty of skills and he's good with his hands.

"Everyone has seen him run back after bringing back the downfield kicks so I don't think he'll be a weakness."

Despite his assessment of Hunt, Heugh does feel for Maroons discard Prince.

"He's been playing well and maybe he should have been on the bench where PJ Marsh is," Heugh said.

"Everyone talks about his defence as the problem and having him and Thurston with his bad shoulders in the line might have provided a few weaknesses."

Despite the controversy over the five-eighth position, Heugh believes Queensland selectors have picked a strong side.

"I think the match will be a battle," he said.

"But I do think NSW has picked a good side on form.

"Queensland has the good backline but I wouldn't like to give NSW a start.

"Obviously Queensland's attack will be very dangerous and maybe the forward packs will neutralise each other."

Heugh played three matches for the Maroons in 1985-86 as a front-rower and from the bench.

The former Brisbane Easts forward also had stints with the Illawarra Steelers and Leeds in England.

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