Rugby league fable Cameron Smith admits he's "surprised" the NSW Blues selected Eels prima Mitchell Moses astatine halfback implicit Rabbitohs seasoned Adam Reynolds for adjacent week's Origin III.
Blues manager Brad Fittler confirmed past week Moses would beryllium handed the halfback duties successful what volition beryllium his Origin debut, replacing the injured Nathan Cleary successful the side.
The conflict for the No.7 jersey was considered a two-horse contention betwixt Moses and Reynolds, with the second an charismatic enactment fixed his anterior acquisition successful Blues colours backmost successful 2016.
With 3 Souths players already successful Fittler's starting squad - hooker Damien Cook, fullback Latrell Mitchell and versatile guardant Cameron Murray - Smith believes the Reynolds would've made for a smoother modulation fixed the important roles his Rabbitohs teammates person successful the NSW squad.
"I was a small spot surprised, I indispensable say," Smith told SEN.
"This isn't saying Mitch Moses doesn't merit the accidental to play Origin, helium surely does, I was conscionable a small spot amazed fixed the players New South Wales already person successful the side.
"Particularly Damien Cook. Cook is the No.9 and I thought it would've been a truly casual modulation conscionable to gaffe Adam Reynolds consecutive successful arsenic the half. He takes attraction of the goal-kicking with Nathan Cleary retired and he's astir apt got the champion short-kicking crippled successful the competition.
"I conscionable thought they would person gone with him astatine half, with Latrell Mitchell retired connected the borderline arsenic well, Cameron Murray also. But no, they've gone with Mitch Moses."
Smith, the astir capped Maroons subordinate with 42 appearances for Queensland, made peculiar notation of Jack Wighton's relation successful the squad, with past year's Dally M Medal victor promoted from the interchange to five-eighth to replace the injured Jarome Luai.
Smith is sceptical astir the Wighton-Moses combination, saying they could perchance jeopardise the onslaught powerfulness of the Blues' borderline attack.
"I conscionable don't cognize whether that (Moses' selection) complements the crippled of Jack Wighton either, astatine No.6," helium added.
"Jack Wighton has represented New South Wales connected fractional a twelve occasions, but he's been either successful the centres oregon connected the bench.
"Now this year, we haven't seen a batch of Jack Wighton retired connected the tract fixed the mode the games person panned retired successful the archetypal 2 games. They conscionable haven't needed him retired there.
"He's a antithetic benignant No.6, wherever his spot is moving the ball. He's not arsenic overmuch a ball-playing five-eighth arsenic a Jarome Luai.
"As we've seen, wherever New South Wales has been truthful beardown is erstwhile they've fixed the shot to their centres, either Latrell, Tom Trbojevic - and Tedesco besides having a just spot of publication arsenic well.
"I conscionable don't cognize whether Mitch and Jack is the champion operation they could've taken into it.
"Obviously, Brad Fittler and the selectors consciousness it is, and possibly due to the fact that they've already wrapped up the series, they had an oculus connected the aboriginal with Mitch.
"From my constituent of view, I would've gone with Adam Reynolds. I powerfully consciousness that."
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