NSW star James Tedesco admits Cameron Munster may encounter some breathing issues in his new role as fullback in State of Origin III.
Cameron Munster can take your breath away with some of his magic, but the Queensland star may have some breathing issues of his own in State of Origin III.
So says NSW counterpart James Tedesco ahead of their anticipated showdown in Wednesday's decider at ANZ Stadium.
While Munster has established himself in the Maroons set-up since his memorable debut in 2017, all six of his games have been at five-eighth.
And Tedesco, who has arguably been the Blues' best player over the opening two games of the series, is an unabashed fan of the Melbourne star's work.
"I think Munster's a freak. Wherever he plays, wherever he gets his hands on the ball, he'll be dangerous for our defensive line," Tedesco told AAP.
However a calf injury to Kalyn Ponga has forced coach Kevin Walters to deploy Munster to fullback, where he has yet to play in the Origin arena.
And Tedesco predicts the move may be a challenge for his rival.
"The only difference is the aerobic challenge of fullback. He probably hasn't done that for a while," Tedesco said.
"It'll probably be different to playing in the halves, a different fitness."
Tedesco, who leads the NRL in line breaks and tackle breaks this season, is widely considered the best fullback in the game.
But he anticipates Munster will be just as big a threat wearing the No.1.
"It gets him a chance to roam more around the field. And he's already one of the most dangerous ball-runners in the game," Tedesco said.
"So that's going to be a big challenge for our defensive line."
Blues winger Josh Addo-Carr admits to being constantly amazed by his Storm teammate, despite not being one of the best trainers under coach Craig Bellamy.
And he backed the 24-year-old to deliver in his new Origin position.
"He's just one of those natural footballers," Addo-Carr said.
"I get the pleasure of playing with him every week and I've never seen someone train so average, and come out and play and like a freak.
"Don't get me wrong, he trains hard. But if he has an 'off' training session, he'll come out the next day and brain it."