No Cherry picking of positions for Daly in Origin II
MAROONS debutant Daly Cherry-Evans expects to cover several positions when he takes the field at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday night for game two of the State of Origin.
Spending time training with the forwards at Camp Maroon in Coolum yesterday, the Manly halfback will likely play a roving role in the must-win game by shifting between the forwards and the backs, similar to former Queensland interchange player Cooper Cronk.
"He (Meninga) has given me an indication that I will be playing almost anywhere," he said.
"He'll get a gauge on that closer to the game and I'm looking forward to that role."
Winning the 2011 NRL premiership with Manly in his debut season, Cherry-Evans gained Kangaroos selection that same year, scoring a try in his debut match against Wales.
He was again selected for Australia against New Zealand in the 2012 Anzac Test but failed to receive any game time from the bench.
Having been brought in as 18th man for Queensland in game one the past two years, Cherry-Evans said his previous time in camp will be invaluable when he takes the field.
"I guess it's something that's worked in my favour, being able to come into camp before as 18th man, and that's definitely prepared me for what's coming ahead," he said.
"I've been fortunate enough to play in some really big games of footy over the past three years and to say that has put me in good stead for Wednesday night, I can only hope.
"I really won't know until I get out there and I hope the experience of those games will have given me the confidence to do my job."
Currently under the tutelage of ex-New South Wales and Australian halves Andrew Johns and Geoff Toovey at Manly, Cherry-Evans said he was spoilt for mentors and soaking up as much as he could from current Queensland and Australian incumbents such as Johnathon Thurston and Cooper Cronk.
"...I'm hoping I'm being smart enough to get what I can out of those guys," he said.
"They (Thurston and Cronk) both gave me a big congratulations and everyone in the side has been so supportive of me being here.
"It definitely makes me feel comfortable and puts my mind at ease knowing they've got my back."
Cherry-Evans said despite forming a close bond with Johns and Toovey, his Manly coaches stopped short of giving him any Origin tips.
"They are still Blues at the end of the day, so they draw a pretty clear line, so there's no heads-up," he said.
"I've asked my team mates what the speed of the game is like and they've said it's the fastest thing you've ever played, so I look forward to the challenge."