From a match point of view, it was fucking evident that QLD had more energy and were prepared to do the dirty work. Where as NSW wanted to skill their way around the park. That was clear as day. NSW wont win another series until Cam smith is retired IMO. That guy, and it was obvious, controls the entire speed of the game. He does it in defence with his wrestling and referee manipulation and he does it perfectly. Its a marvel to see. You want smith making 50 tackles a game, because he doesnt tackle someone to try and stop a play, he tackles someone then positions them in a way that will make a slow play the ball and that will slow the ruck down etc etc. He is that fit and that strong and his technique is just so amazing that it doesnt sap his energy too. You dont want peats making 50 tackles a game because he tackles, to tackle. He just tackles because someone runs at him and it exhausts him. Then it limits his decision making and cripples his and the teams attack. Smith's decision making is amazing, never makes the wrong call. He controls it in attack because no one is sure where he is going to pass the ball, or if hes going to kick it or run it or what ever. Everyone is on edge the entire game because no one on defence knows what cam smith is going to do. Then you chuck in some great outside backs, some obedient forwards who roll their sleeves up and a halfback who organises what smith wants - and you have the perfect side. Its honestly brilliant to see and it was a sad day with thurston retiring, but when smith goes - far out thats going to be 1. a big motivator for another series and 2. a sad day for state of origin in general.
Slater is also a game changer, personally I think if he played in game 1 - game three would have been a dead rubber. The fact he wasnt picked in game one is still a fucking farce. Michael Morgan is also one of my fav players. The guy is just a hard worker, strong, talented and skillful player and I am jealous that he plays for QLD and NQ. He is a guy that I would love at newcastle and would be happy if we paid a million for him. He is just that good and comes across as a quality down to earth human too, unlike a lot of these NSW players - who are super talented but come across as unlikeable prima donnas.
The forwards just did the hard work and did it well. Maguire had a brilliant game too. They just weren't taking a backward step, werent trying to offload or ball play much and just played simple had footy.
As far as NSW goes, we picked a more talented team, and that is our problem. We picked a bunch of talented individuals who want to show how talented they are, but they dont want to cop the knocks or do the hard work that wins games. Our prob least talented forwards are Frizzel and Klemmer and Jackson. And they are generally NSW best forwards. Friz has been injured since game 1 so he was a bit limited but the other 2 are great. They do the hard work. There is no sideways in them, they just go north and south and do the job. Friz had one bad offload I remember, and he shouldnt have thrown it, and he doesnt usually. Trbo is prob the exception there tho, hes a gun and super talented but doesnt get much of a run in origin, even though he would be one of the hardest workers in the side.
Cordner is just great too. Great captain, has the respect of the opposition and opposition fans and is an excellent hard working talented player. We need more players to play like him - run good lines, hit hard in tackles, dont fucking offload or play out the back, just play good hard up and down footy - and we will win more games. Its as simple as that.
QLD pick a team that is full of guys they enjoy playing with and for. They dont want to let each other down. NSW dont. We pick super talented players and expect their skill will win us games (and it does every now and then) but without the hard working players - the skillful ones like hayne become obsolete.
These guys like Woods, Fifita, Graham all want to offload and ball play and carry blokes in tackles and graham wants to come on and kick and change the game etc. Its bullshit. It doesnt work in origin and it never has and never will. Fifita had a props game for the ages in game 1, but as soon as they figured out to get numbers in tackles and put pressure on him, he was nothing in game 2 and 3. The amount of penalties someone like Graham gives away almost literally lost us game 2 on its own and they are just dumb. I feel like he is better suited to starting the game or not being there at all because the fucking penalties he gives away for stripping the ball in particular - really hurt the team. And because he is a left sided player, he cant take corder's spot, so sorry graham you are gone from my team. Woods shouldnt have been there in the first place.
Tedesco - the guy is a quality player who should be there for the next few series.
Brett Morris, what else can you say about him? He is a gun, gives his all and is a likeable guy. I would be keeping him in the side even though he isnt as fast as he use to be. He should be there until he doesnt want to play origin any more.
Fergo - deadset. Gone. His defence is disgusting and he's a complete fuckwit. Super talented, but he is one of these, looks great when we are winning, looks terrible when we lose guys. Hes gone from my side.
Dugan - he is an interesting one. He seems to have matured over the last few years and was one of NSW best in the series, especially when he went back to FB in game 2. Amazingly talented player and goes up a gear in origin. I would be keeping him I guess.
Hayne - we all know how talented the guy is. Possibly the most talented player in the comp. But fuck. "Big moments player". Fuck off. Thats code for "give me the ball in open space" player or it means "glory hog". Sure, he was the catalyst in 2014, just like he was the catalyst for Parra in 2009. But he isnt that player any more. He doesnt do it for the titans. You dont hear these greats of the game - guys who have actually won something - like slater smith cronk JT - ever be described as "big moments players", because they are "Every moment players". They are always involved. They are getting their teams the victories not waiting to be in a perfect moment to do something. Become an "every moment" player Hayne, not a "big" moment player. To be honest, next year I either 1. Put him at fullback or wing 2. put him on the bench and use him as a roaming player in the middle of the park or 3. leave him out of the side. He comes across unlikeable, a prima donna, a whinger and well, a target for QLD. He is immensely talented and I want to see him doing well in both club land and but he just.. doesnt have it at centre. There is too much rest period out there for him where he is not involved in the game.
The halves, such a contentious topic. Pearce, NSW's whipping boy. Some of it deserved, most of it not. I am one of his harshest critics on here and I can do nothing but feel for the guy now. He tries his dick off in every game. He is the Kurt Gidley of halfbacks. He tries fucking hard, is the fittest, puts his body on the line and is likeable. He is also just not that good at origin level. From where we were sitting, we had a great view of his kicking too. Most went to slater or a winger on the full. He was waiting until the 5th tackle just about every time to kick, which is what the big mistake was. If he kicked on the third or 4th its a totally different game. The wingers were in the line until at least the 4th and even then, generally only 1 drops back because Pearce does most of the kicking. His kicks are just ineffective and it has to be the game plan too - not just pearces fault. They needed to do something different, kick early. Get them on their toes. But nope, it was - wait till the 5th then kick it down the middle to slater. On the full. Honestly, if they just started kicking on the 3rd early in the game, the game plays out totally different. Personally I think NSW actually missed Farah's kicking out of dummy half. I dont understand why Maloney doesnt do more kicking, he has a decent long kicking game and getting him a couple of kicks early takes a bit of the attention off pearce and puts even just a tiny bit of doubt in the mind of the defenders. Its why I think we should pick pearce at hooker. He would do the same job as Peats, and prob better, Defensively he wont let anyone down and it also takes a bit of the pressure off him because he isnt the 7 any more. He is fit enough to do it and he has a kicking game that can be utilised out of dummy half, as well as bringing in a 7 with a good kicking game. It helps the side and changes the whole dynamic of the team because there is now all of a sudden an attacking option out of dummy half.
Maloney - I dont know hey. Good in attack, woeful in defence. Prob unfair if he gets to stay and pearce gets punted. He seems pretty likeable tho, it would come down to whether cordner and the team want to play for him.
Guys who are not in my side for next year are
Fergo, Woods, Peats (did nothing wrong, just offers nothing in attack), Graham.
17. Prob someone like Jack De Bellin or at least a hard working in form forward.
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