Queensland will sweat on the fitness of Melbourne Storm star Cameron Munster after State of Origin post-game photos showed he suffered a shoulder injury in the Blues’ searing victory.
Man of the Match in Game II, Munster was helpless as the Blues stormed Perth after a brutal 44-12 defeat.
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New South Wales half-back Nathan Cleary outplayed Munster and did his critics a favor after a masterclass.
Cleary looked like a different player as he set up two tries, scored two of his own and netted a perfect eight from eight goals.
The dominating win followed Queensland’s 16-10 win in the series opener in Sydney, with NSW now chasing a win in Brisbane to seal the series 1-0 for just the fourth time.
However, the Maroons will be hoping their star halfback can overcome injury and duel with Cleary at Suncorp.
Locker room footage showed Munster with ice on his left shoulder.
And Munster admitted he was unable to exercise in the same way after injuring his shoulder.
“I was a bit of a passenger there (after the injury),” Munster said.
“My body isn’t holding up as well as I would like, but I’m crossing my fingers that I can straighten up.
“I’ll do a scan…and we’ll go from there.”
Queensland will also have to watch Kalyn Ponga, who was taken off the ground in the last 10 minutes for an HIA caused by a reported Nathan Cleary contact.
If Munster aren’t fit to play it could pave the way for the debut of North Queensland playmaker Tom Dearden, or the all-rounder Ben Hunt could switch from hooker to partner Daly Cherry-Evans in half time .
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“Everything (went wrong) at first sight, a bit of flogging,” Munster said.
“We tied in the first half, we felt we were the better team, but the momentum changed and their little moments turned into big moments.”
Cleary scored twice and set up two tries, while his kicks in the game tormented young Queensland wingers Murray Taulagi and Selwyn Cobbo.
“In the first game he was not up to par, that’s what he said, and he obviously proved his critics wrong,” Munster said.
“He’s a good quality player… but we made him look good.
“We gave him too much time and space and someone like that, nine times out of 10, he’ll take the opportunity.”
with the AAP
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