Daly Cherry-Evans of the Sea Eagles.
Daly Cherry-Evans of the Sea Eagles. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Gorden Tallis reveals why DCE is on the nose with Maroons

WITH Johnathan Thurston racing the clock to be fit for State of Origin game one, several names have been bandied around to be his potential replacement.

Names such as Anthony Milford, Corey Norman and Michael Morgan lead the race, but one Maroon half couldn't be further out of the picture.

Despite playing six Origin games for Queensland (and 11 times for Australia), Daly Cherry-Evans hasn't been mentioned at all as a contender for the Maroons squad.

League legend Gorden Tallis says there's a very good reason for that.

"In my opinion, Cherry-Evans at Origin has always failed," Tallis told The Late Show with Matty Johns. "At that level he has never delivered."

Cherry-Evans was often deployed as a utility in past series under former coach Mal Meninga, but was handed an opportunity to stamp his name in Origin football in 2014.

Cooper Cronk broke his arm in game one, which handed Cherry-Evans the halfback role for the completion of that match, as well as game two.

The Blues won both those games and that series is the only time New South Wales has won an Origin campaign in the past 11 years.

"The series that New South Wales won, Cooper Cronk broke his arm and when he came back we won by 30," Tallis explained.

"Cherry-Evans had a chance to come on there (and make his name).

"I know it was a shock because he had in his brain he was going to come on and play a bit of nine, so you forgive him for game one, but game two, he had time to prepare."

While Tallis points to DCE's poor form when thrust into the halves previously in Origin, he also feels the recent omission of the Manly star from the Queensland side goes deeper.

"I know I was annoyed when he backflipped on the Titans," Tallis said.

"I think a lot of guys (were), like Wally Lewis. If Wally says something about you, well the whole state listens.

"It's disappointing that he'd go that far down the line and it looked like he told lies to the Titans, said he was coming, and all the third parties get done and he backflipped.

"The way that was handled was really poor. So I know he got a lot of the old blokes off-side."

Fox Sports journalist Hannah Hollis backed up those claims, saying Cherry-Evans is certainly on the outer with senior members of the Queensland side.

"I think he's on the nose," Hollis said.

"It's my understanding that senior members of the team don't feel he buys into the culture of the team and that he's a selfish player."

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