Suspended Queensland duo will bounce back - Thaiday


State of Origin veteran Sam Thaiday has backed Valentine Holmes and Cameron Munster to respond strongly after the young duo were suspended from Queensland selection for breaking a curfew.

The Queensland Rugby League announced on Monday that Cronulla Sharks full-back Holmes and Melbourne Storm's Munster will not be considered for representative matches in the next 12 months, having broken team rules during an Emerging Maroons camp.

Thaiday has backed the hard-line stance of new Maroons coach Kevin Walters and expects the sanctioned players to react positively.

"I think being a new coach you really need to stamp your authority. I think that's what he [Walters] has done here," Brisbane Broncos forward Thaiday is quoted as saying by the NRL's official website.

"Those guys [Holmes and Munster] have learned a hard lesson now. They are going to have to work hard over the next 12 months to make sure they impress and hopefully with that, they will put their hand up to be picked for next year.

"We are only getting older in the Origin team so we are going to need some of these young guys to fill a void at some point. I'm sure they will go back to their clubs and play some really good footy. You watch how good those guys will go this year.

"They're young kids. I wasn't there so I can't pass any judgement on the boys. We were all young once - we're all human." 

Queensland have won nine of the past 10 Origin series and Thaiday is confident former Maroons player and assistant coach Walters, who replaced Mal Meninga in December, can maintain the highest of standards.

"The beauty of it is that he has been a part of it for the last few years," Thaiday added.

"It definitely will be tough but I think the best bit is that we still have that core group of players who are still going to put their hand up this year to play State of Origin.

"We can help 'Kevvie' out in his role but he has to come in and do his own thing and really make sure he puts his stamp and his standard on the team."