South Sydney backrower Chris McQueen made his return from a five-week injury layoff against Newcastle in Cairns on Sunday, and produced a rare piece of magic with the boot to create a try for Dylan Walker.
McQueen, who was also celebrating his 27th birthday, chased through on an Adam Reynolds chip kick, before expertly putting his left foot to the awkwardly bouncing ball. The soccer-like cross hit Walker on the chest, and the quicksilver centre hot-stepped his way to the try-line.
After a breakout 2013 season that garnered a Queensland Origin debut and widespread plaudits, the versatile McQueen has endured a difficult season. He retained his spot in the Maroons’ squad but had an unhappy series before being ruled out of the dead-rubber victory by an ankle injury, while he has battled to hold down a starting spot in Souths’ pack.
But yesterday’s comeback performance, which also featured a first-half try, suggests the break did McQueen the world of good, and he is set to play a key role in the Rabbitohs’ finals charge.
Check out McQueen’s Tim Cahill impression from the 1:05 mark in the video below:
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