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Cam Smith tips more Maroons success

By Wayne Heming 07/07/2011 04:13:08 PM Comments (0)

Drained Queensland captain-in-waiting Cameron Smith just wanted to soak up the moment with his team-mates in the dressing room after an amazing game.

But he couldn't.

A doping test and a judiciary hearing all intervened in Smith's celebrations after Queensland sent skipper Darren Lockyer off with an emotional 34-24 farewell victory on Wednesday night, securing a sixth straight State of Origin series.

Smith had just played a man-of-the-match role in his 24th origin game and been named the Wally Lewis man of the series.

But instead of being able to enjoy the moment he was shadowed around the dressing room by an official from sport and drug agency ASADA who did a better job keeping Smith in his sights than the Blues had.

Adding to the distraction was a judiciary hearing to determine if the Storm skipper would be suspended for using his knees in the tackle on NSW centre Jarryd Hayne which resulted in an eight-point try late in the game.

"I don't want to think about next year at all right now," said Smith, who later learned he would not be cited.

"I just want to enjoy what we've achieved, it's a massive thing.

"Last year when we won five it was unheard of and they were saying nobody would achieve what this group has.

"Now we've just re-written to go six."

Queensland selector Des Morris said a decision on who took over the captaincy from Lockyer next year would be up to the Queensland Rugby League board.

"That's a board decision but Cameron's credentials are first class and you would think he'd be the front-runner at this stage," he said.

Like Smith, Morris said it was too soon to be thinking about 2012 or who would take over Lockyer's No.6 jersey.

"We've got a few players we've developed over years and we'll be very strong again next year," said Morris.

Johnathan Thurston has volunteered to move into Lockyer's No.6 jersey next year with Cooper Cronk playing half.

"It's not out of the question and it could be the likely scenario but we'll worry about that next year," said Morris.

Captain or not, Smith was confident the Queensland team could continue to thrive in the post-Lockyer era.

"I'm very confident and comfortable with the boys in this team," said Smith.

"You get a legend like Lockyer who finishes up in Origin and we've got a guy like Cooper Cronk ready to come in and play in the halves.

"My prediction would be he'll play in No.7 and Thurston would play five-eighth.

"We don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves we just want to enjoy what we did this year."

Smith said NSW coach Ricky Stuart's controversial decision to reveal his 17-man squad until an hour before the game had made it easier for the players to prepare.

"We were just able to totally focus on what we had to do so it actually worked in our favour," he said.

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