NRL Podcast: Renouf says Origin III is Hunt's last chance
Ben Hunt should get one last chance to prove he can be Queensland's long-term halfback in the third State of Origin clash at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday week.
That's the word from Brisbane legend Steve Renouf in this week's NRL Podcast as he casts his eye over NSW's series win in Sydney on Sunday.
Renouf said Hunt's kicking game and decision making was not up to scratch in game two but predicted the Queensland selectors would persevere with the St George Illawarra half.
If not, Renouf said Titans half Ash Taylor would be the man he would go with.
"I thought Ben didn't do enough and his kicking game was ordinary," Renouf said.
"He's really got to sort that out. I don't think he needs to be dropped but he needs to step up in that arena. I think he will get selected but this will be his last chance. If he doesn't stand up and Queensland lose 3-nil you might not see Ben Hunt in a Queensland jersey again."
Renouf said the Maroons had not been disgraced by losing the series in the wake of the loss of Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith.
The one change Renouf would make to the Maroons team is to bring in Broncos forward Joe Ofahengaue for Titans prop Jarrod Wallace.
Renouf also analyses round 16 of the Telstra Premiership round where he predicts Canberra's finals hopes will be extinguished by the Broncos.
He also outlines why the Melbourne Storm remain his tip to win the premiership.