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The form of St George Illawarra halfback Ben Hunt cannot be denied and he should get first crack at being the new Queensland Maroons halfback, according to Maroons legend Steve Renouf

In this week's NRL Podcast, Renouf said he would select Hunt and Melbourne Storm five-eighth Cameron Munster in the halves for the opening game of the Holden State of Origin Series on June 6 in Melbourne.

"I think you go on form and Ben has been in and around the [Maroons] camp for a while and deserves to be the starting No.7," Renouf said.

"His form has been consistent through the rounds…and his kicking game has improved a lot which is going to be very important in Origin."

Renouf also outlined in the Podcast why Cowboys five-eighth Michael Morgan, despite being out of sorts, should be retained in the 17 because of his value as the "perfect utility".

The former Test centre also analyses the personal critiques offered up by Broncos centre Jack Bird and veteran forward Sam Thaiday after the loss to the Gold Coast and outlines how they can get their seasons back on track.

Renouf details what North Queensland need to do to get their mojo back and reveals why he believes the Titans will win more games than they lose in 2018.

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