Walters identifies potential changes for Origin II
TIM Glasby shapes as Queensland's unlikely counter response as Kevin Walters' men attempt to salvage the State of Origin series in hostile territory.
Maroons coach Walters is preparing to ring in several changes after their series-opening 22-12 loss to NSW in Melbourne.
Fullback Billy Slater (hamstring) is a sure thing to come back into the side, while veteran Matt Scott (suspension) will also come under consideration.
Walters revealed Melbourne prop and noted defender Glasby was in the running for the June 24 return clash at Sydney's ANZ Stadium.
Blues speedsters Damien Cook and James Tedesco carved up Queensland's middle- third defence on Wednesday night, leaving Walters searching for ways to tighten up his ruck.
Glasby was brought in for the second game last year when he was tasked with shutting down Andrew Fifita, with Queensland going on to claim what was thought to have been an unwinnable series.
"We have some options around our team," Walters said on Thursday night when asked what changes he would make for game two.
"And if we did make some changes, Billy Slater, we're hoping he will be fit for game two. That will depend on whether he can get a game in.
"Matt Scott, we'll be looking very closely at him.
"Kalyn Ponga who was 19th man, we expect him to play some sort of role throughout the series.
"And Tim Glasby as well, he was one of those guys that is really good defensively."
Last year, Glasby was derided as a "NRL nobody" after his surprise Origin call-up but he proved the doubters wrong with his defensive starch proving vital.
The absence of ex-Maroons skipper Cameron Smith was telling with most of NSW's points coming from some tired defensive efforts around the ruck.
Smith on Monday night seemingly rejected coming out of representative retirement when he said he was content to watch from the stands and praised replacement Andrew McCullough.
However, he said the Maroons needed to firm up around the middle or risk being beaten inside two games.
"I thought our defence in the middle at times got a little bit sloppy," Smith said.
"You saw Cook go through early to set up the first try, Jimmy Maloney backing up and passing to Tedesco.
"Tedesco made a few line breaks through our middle in the second half, really caused us a lot of issues around our big forwards. That's something Kevvie will address quite quickly."