Sharks Ronaldo Mulitalo firming for Maroons selection, says Johnathan Thurston


Queensland great Johnathan Thurston has hinted at the possibility of the Maroons selecting Sharks winger Ronaldo Mulitalo for Game Two of the State Of Origin series.

Mulitalo was instrumental in the Sharks’ 19-18 win over Penrith, finishing the match with a try, one try assist, two line-breaks and 140 run metres.

After the Maroons on Wednesday were blown off the park by the Blues in Townsville, it’s expected a number of changes will be made by coach Paul Green ahead of Origin II.

Thurston, an assistant coach of the Maroons, was first asked about the possibility of veteran Will Chambers making a return but opted to remain tightlipped.

“That’s a decision for coaches and selectors,” Thurston told Nine.

“Chambers has been there before and has done it. A couple of years ago Latrell really stood him up in that arena.”

But when pressed again on any potential changes, Thurston admitted Mulitalo was firming as a possible selection.

The 21-year-old during the Sharks’ previous clash against the Titans notched two tries, three line-breaks and ran for 163 metres.

“I will tell you, Ronaldo Mulitalo didn’t hurt his chances [tonight],” Thurston added.

“He’s really strong, he’s got a great carry out of the backfield, which is what you need.

“He set Matt Moylan up for that try [during the first half]. He’s great under the high ball.”

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