Cleary out of Origin 3


SYDNEY: Mitchell Moses is in the mix for his Origin debut but the Blues will be “all about winning” rather than looking to the future when they replace Nathan Cleary, who is out for at least the next month.
With the Panthers confirming on yesterday that their star halfback would delay a potentially season-ending shoulder operation, Moses has a golden chance to impress the New South Wales selectors for game three when his Eels take on Penrith tomorrow night.
Blues advisor Greg Alexander confirmed Moses was a chance for his first call-up but said more-experienced options like Jack Wighton, Adam Reynolds and even Knights veteran Mitchell Pearce would be considered. A dead-rubber could be viewed as the perfect time to blood Moses, 26, in the Origin arena, but Alexander insisted their main selection concern was ensuring they clinched a rare series sweep.
Blues coach Brad Fittler and his offsiders will also look at elevating Wighton into the starting team, pushing Jarome Luai to No.7.
“We could do that. Jarome will run around at halfback (for Penrith) on Friday night, so that’s an option,” Alexander told
“And then the (other)option is to pick someone that has been playing seven all year. That’s Mitch Moses, Adam Reynolds. Junior (Mitchell) Pearce probably hasn’t played enough footy, he’s only been back for a game after a 10-week sideline stint, but he’s another halfback.” – NRL