Lockyer's verdict with big call coming on Green

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Maroons greats Darren Lockyer and Sam Thaiday person backed Paul Green to manager the Maroons adjacent twelvemonth aft Queensland's Game Three victory.

Having been outscored 76-6 successful the archetypal 2 games of the series, the Maroons scraped location successful Origin III 20-18 to springiness Green a glimmer of anticipation to clasp his job.

When Green was signed arsenic Wayne Bennett's replacement, it was lone for this year's bid with the QRL having an enactment to clasp the erstwhile Cowboys manager for adjacent year's clash.

It's understood the enactment was inserted successful lawsuit Green scored different NRL gig if different occupation opened up.

Queensland manager Paul Green aft Origin III. (Getty)

After losing the archetypal 2 games, it was seen arsenic a fait accompli that Green would beryllium axed. But the mode the players responded successful the last crippled is impervious the archetypal twelvemonth Origin manager should beryllium fixed different chance, says Lockyer.

"He said aft the crippled it was a monolithic relief. A batch of unit comes with Origin and you propulsion successful the COVID bubble that conscionable accentuates things," Lockyer told Wide World of Sports' QLDER.

"It was a pugnacious bid for him to decorativeness connected that note... you don't amusement that benignant of quality unless you're playing for your manager successful Game Three truthful that's a bully sign."

In the aftermath of the side's Game Two loss, Green's presumption was called into question erstwhile Maroons large Cooper Cronk said the QRL "has a large determination to make" portion Phil Gould declared Queensland "will beryllium making a change, helium won't beryllium going astir adjacent year."

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According to Thaiday, the squad displayed betterment aft each game, adding that if the Maroons person a afloat squad to take from adjacent series, Green could flourish.

"I deliberation they improved from Game One into Game Two and again into Game Three," Thaiday said. "I deliberation we should fto his declaration tally retired and spot wherever helium is then. I consciousness for him.

"We're speedy to justice and speedy to constituent fingers. We've had truthful overmuch occurrence successful this Queensland realm and we expect occurrence arsenic well. Greeny's travel into a pugnacious situation arsenic manager and I deliberation the triumph relieves the unit valve a small bit. I'm looking guardant to however helium goes adjacent year."

The Maroons' preparations were disrupted done the bid with Ponga and Reece Walsh some mid-camp withdrawals, the Jai Arrow incident and the likes of Cameron Munster and AJ Brimson playing done injury. They were besides missing Harry Grant successful the 2nd and 3rd games, with Lockyer conceding that enactment the Maroons up against it.

"I'm not saying it changes the effect of the series. I deliberation NSW inactive win. Game One, Game Two their archetypal 4 picks were their spine players. We didn't truly get that until Game Three. So that makes a large difference," helium said.

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