Shearer urges Mal to get pair in play
PROLIFIC State of Origin point-scorer Dale Shearer reckons Queensland's attacking spark could be bolstered by promoting Corey Parker and Ben Te'o to the starting side for Origin II in Brisbane next week.
A veteran of 26 games for the Maroons, Sunshine Coast-based Shearer was impressed by the duo after they came off the interchange bench in the last-start 14-6 loss to New South Wales in Sydney.
He believes coach Mal Meninga has nothing to lose by injecting the pair straight into the fray at Suncorp Stadium.
"Those two guys were fresh when they came on in game one, but if you start them (in game two) I don't think you'd be losing anything," Shearer said.
"Parker has that little uncanny knack of offloading every now and again and Te'o makes some strong metres."
Indeed, Parker made more offloads (three) than any other Queensland forward in game one. He also made nine runs and 25 tackles in just 33 minutes.
"He just added a different dimension, especially with offloads, when he came on. It's something they had seemed to be lacking," Shearer said.
Te'o contributed 16 tackles and made 35m in his four carries, but it was the quality of those runs in his 34-minute stint that delighted Shearer.
"He (Te'o) carved them up and made some good yards. He wasn't pushed back in defence, so New South Wales wasn't able to get set quicker," he said.
"He managed to break through. It might have only been a metre or two each time, but it kept them backpedalling in defence."
Admittedly, Shearer said he refused to watch some of the match after some decisions went the way of New South Wales.
And he believed Blues lock Paul Gallen should have been punished severely after striking Nate Myles.
"It was embarrassing for league," he said.
"What do you want mothers and young kids to think - that you can go and punch someone in the game and it's all okay? It's disgraceful and him being captain, it's even worse."
Gallen was penalised at the time. Post-match, he was suspended for a week.
Shearer urged the Maroons to remain committed to winning the second game and ignore any possible thoughts of a square-up.
"There will be talk about in the media, but you've got to stay focused. There's no use winning the fight and losing the game," he said.
The Shearer family was well represented at last night's Bribie v Noosa A-grade clash.
While Dale was running the water for the Pirates, his eldest son Jesse, 21, was fullback for the team.
His younger son Jackson, 19, was the referee.
Jackson is regarded as one of the top up-and-coming officials and also was recently selected for the Australian OzTag team.