Cam Smith and Wally Smith are legends, but who is better? Picture: Getty Images Source: Herald Sun Source: News Limited
Maroon Leaders - Cam Smith v Wally Lewis
On the back of the 2014 Queensland State of Origin team being announced, skipper Cameron Smith is being compared to “The King”, Wally Lewis. The passion and control of the game Cam Smith has are reminiscent of Lewis, but the stats speak for themselves:
Games: 37 (30 as captain) from 1980 – 1991
Series won: 9
Games: 30 (9 as captain) from 2003 – present
Series won: 8
Smith, like Lewis, is playing during a maroon dynasty. He has Billy Slater, while Wally had Colin Scott. Smith has Greg Inglis, Wally had Mal Meninga. Smith has Jonathan Thurston, Wally, well he was Thurston, (and he had Alfie Langer). The list goes on and on. Only time will tell if Lewis will ever be surpassed as the 'greatest Queenslander' in origin footy, but he is “The King” for a reason.
In the meantime, Smith will lead Queensland is pursuit of a ninth straight series victory.