DAMAGING: Greg Inglis of the Maroons pushes through a tackle by Josh Morris of the Blues during State of Origin Game I at ANZ Stadium.
DAMAGING: Greg Inglis of the Maroons pushes through a tackle by Josh Morris of the Blues during State of Origin Game I at ANZ Stadium. DEAN LEWINSAAP

Inglis set to thrive on the wing for Origin 2

FORMER Queensland three-quarter Ian Dauth believes superstar Greg Inglis is set to thrive on the wing in game two of the State of Origin campaign in Melbourne.

Kept relatively quiet in the centres during the Maroons' series-opening win last month, 'GI' is likely to be unleashed on the edge for a chunk of the game on Wednesday.

And Maleny-based Dauth, who played six games out wide for his state in the 1970s, believed the Rabbitohs star could cause plenty of damage there.

"It's not a bad move (to put him on the wing) because he gets so heavily marked in the centres," Dauth said.

"They (defenders) just get right up in his face in the centres and he gets no time to do anything there.

"He's also a proven winger. He started off on the wing for Queensland (2006) and has scored some magic tries over the years."

Indeed, Inglis bagged five tries in four matches on the flank for Queensland before switching to the centres, where he has snared 10 tries in 21 outings.

But State of Origin's greatest try scorer, along with Darius Boyd, was far from his best in game one this year, after battling illness.

Queensland coach Mal Meninga last week suggested the 28-year-old could be put on the wing for the upcoming game and Dauth believed that was the perfect remedy.

"It wouldn't surprise me if Mal did that because Mal knows what its like," he said of the ex-Queensland and Australian centre.

Dauth, 66, said Melbourne Storm back Will Chambers could then move from the wing to the centres and do an exceptional job.

"HE'S been playing really well for Melbourne," he said. "I just love the way he plays."

Chambers, 27, has only played two matches for his state but Dauth said "He's just made for Origin. He's taken to it like a duck to water."

Dauth expected Queensland to capture its ninth series triumph in 10 years after snaring an 11-10 win in game one at ANZ Stadium.

"It was a pretty dour game but to win down in Sydney is such a big plus," he said.

"Now they're going to play in front of a big crowd in Melbourne. They will all be on Queensland's side and the third game is here (Brisbane). I'd like to see a clean sweep. It'd be great."



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