Posted: 2 July, 2012 by Triple M NRL

Matty Johns On Glenn Stewart, Trent Merrin Being Ruled Out Of State Of Origin Decider

The Blues have ruled out Glenn Stewart playing in the State of Origin decider next week.

Tags: Glenn Stewart, state of origin

The Blues have ruled out Glenn Stewart playing in the State of Origin decider next week.

Stewart, who has an injured knee, failed a fitness test at training conducted by NSW medical staff.

"What it does is it puts more pressure on Carney and Pearce," Triple M's Matty Johns said on the Grill Team this morning.

"What you've got with Glen Stewart on that right hand edge, you've got a bloke who is a second 5/8, who does a lot of the creativity, gives a lot of variation out there," Johns added.

"Now, it's going to put a lot more pressure on Carney and Pearce to throw those absolute passes. Tony Williams (and those back rowers now), are just going to be looking for the holes. It's up to Carney and Pearce to really make that space for them," Johns explained.

"I'll tell you what Ricky's done very well with his players," Matty Johns said of the NSW Blues State Of Origin coach Ricky Stuart.

"There's been a no bulls**t policy which I really appreciate," he said. "He's very uncomplicated in the way he will step a player down. I love what he did with Uate. He said Uate is going to have a big future in a Blues jersey but at the moment, he's playing with no confidence. Uate put his hand up and said 'that's right,'" Johns continued.

Dragons forward Beau Scott will replace Stewart in the Blues side, and Trent Merrin returns to the bench for Game 3, in a repeat of 2011's selection process.

"What he's done with Merrin is very simple," Johns explained. "When you go to Queensland and play up there at Suncorp Stadium, there's dry conditions. It allows Queensland to play that attacking style and finesse the ball sideways a little bit more. So, New South Wales need to really be on their guard defensively. What he's done is he's looked at Merrin and said, 'OK Trent, we need to stand you aside and bring in Beau Scott.' It's simply because Beau is a more rugged, and better edge defender. I think Trent Merrin will cop that," Johns ruminated.

"I love the way Ricky has had the guts to change a winning side to make it better," Johns added.

FULL COVERAGE: State of Origin

Blues Origin Team, Sydney

  • Brett Stewart
  • Jarryd Hayne
  • Michael Jennings
  • Josh Morris
  • Akuila Uate
  • Todd Carney
  • Mitchell Pearce
  • Tim Grant
  • Robbie Farrah
  • James Tamou
  • Glenn Stewart (OUT) replaced by Beau Scott
  • Greg Bird
  • Paul Gallen (c)


  • Trent Merrin
  • Luke Lewis
  • Ben Creagh
  • Anthony Watmough


New South Wales suffered a blow last night ahead of the crucial State Of Origin decider next month, with Manly Sea-Eagles forward Glenn Stewart suffering a knee injury during Manly's 26-22 loss to Melbourne last night.

With Stewart is heading in for scans today and facing a possible four weeks out of action, Triple M's Peter Sterling says the Blues do have options to cover for the loss.

"I'm wondering whether they're going to be starting to look at players like Beau Scott, who's got some games under his belt. Feleti Mateo comes into it. [Then there's] Ryan Hoffman, I think he's put his hand up, he's played great and comes from a wonderful structure, he roars into contention in my book," Sterlo said last night.

Tags: Glenn Stewart, state of origin

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