Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Initial Origin Thoughts

The sides have been picked and it is clear the direction the States have taken. Qld have done back-flips and included the code-jumping Israel Folou, while NSW have taken a gamble on including firebrands Trent Barrett and Paul Gallon.

We will take a look at the NSW team first, then analyse the QLD side.

NSW have again taken a gamble in my eyes and missed the chance to have the Morris boys on both wings and the attacking genius of Michael Jennings. They have done the right thing with Jaryd Hayne back at fullback, but not sure about Kurt Gidley captaining from the bench. Forwards are robust and firey, and they really need to stand up to be counted. Trent Waterhouse and Ben Creagh look to be the weak links in my eyes, and they will need to assert their authority and match the intensity of a Paul Gallon to bring down the Queenslanders. Not sure how Nathan Hindmarsh will go off the bench, and thought they may have opted to start with him, and use him in that workhorse role to add punch to the other forwards.

The Queenslanders are staring at a record that potentially will not be beaten for a while. Funny in 2006, they lost Game 1, and for Game 2 was staring at a NSW record of four series in a row. History shows that QLD won and have since created their own history with four successive series wins.

The biggest question mark is this QLD team takes the field without Petro and Pricey for the first time. Young Guns in Hannant, Shillington, Taylor and Scott need to stand up. Workhorse Ashley Harrison and Sam Thiaday will not let the team down, while their backline speaks for itself.

NSW will be fired up for this one, and realise that this is THE MOST important game NSW will play for some time. Will that be enough? Will QLD be ready? Should be one hell of a crackerjack game. Lets get it on.

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