Can you smell that? No it’s not the steaming pile of crap that Matt Orford dumps on the football field, it’s origin time! Everyone has had their say, who shoul;d and shouldn’t be in origin, so I thought, I might as well have a go. It’s no use, trying to get into the minds of the selectors, I think there might be monkeys there, just eating bananas.
Thus this list, will be the players I think, could win the shield back for NSW, after five years of Maroon dominance, where i’m sure, they will try and say they are the underdogs somehow. Maybe because their health system is worse in Queensland, I don’t know.
Justin’s NSW all conquering 17
1. Josh Dugan (Canberra)
2. Brett Morris (St Geo. Illawarra)
3. Mark Gasnier (St Geo. Illawarra)
4. Josh Morris (Canterbury)
5. Akuila Uate (Newcastle)
6. Jamie Soward (St Geo. Illawarra)
7. Jarrod Mullen (Newcastle)
8. Aidan Tolman (Canterbury)
9. Robbie Farah (Wests)
10. Kade Snowden (Cronulla)
11. Greg Bird (Gold Coast)
12. Ben Creagh (St Geo. Illawarra)
13. Paul Gallen (Cronulla & Captain)
14. Dean Young (St Geo. Illawarra)
15. Luke Douglas (Cronulla)
16. Beau Scott (St Geo. Illawarra)
17. Michael Weyman (St Geo. Illawarra)
Why these guys?
Backs: Originally I had Michael Gordon slated for the fullback spot but with his injury last night, Josh Dugan barring injury tonight will be NSW’s fullback. Jarryd Hayne hasn’t done enough to retain his spot and Dugan had a good showing in both All Stars and City/Country.
Brett Morris is the Australian winger thus automatic selection and Akuila Uate has set the league world alight and will do the same to those dirty Maroons (hopefully). The same principle applies to Mark Gasnier, he’s been NSW’s best centre this year, partner him with the destructive Jamal Idris and we have a damaging backline.
Halves: It’s time, Jamie Soward step up. He’s done everything needed of him, won pressure games for the Dragons and started running the ball more frequently. His kicking game, will hopefully kick the amazing backline of Queensland quiet. Jarrod Mullen gets the edge over Mitchell Pearce despite the latter shining for City, Mullen has the passing game and long kicking game, which will worry Queensland.
Forwards: One side of the scrum is formed by Kade Snowden who has excelled in a Sharks pack which earnt him a nice payday back home in Newcastle. ON the other side, is someone who has been touted for Origin and deserves the call up, Aidan Tolman who is the worker of the pack, he’ll tackle his arse off and take it up, the same way.
Between the two bookends, Robbie Farah is attacking and will exploit any weakness in the impressive armour of the Queenslanders plus he won’t give away needless penalties ala Ennis.
The second rowers select themselves, Greg Bird is and I loathe to quote Phil Gould here but “an origin player”. He showed in the third game, he can make an impact and Ben Creagh, ok, he ran away but since then, he’s been one of the best second rowers in the competition.
Gallen, nuff said, he should be captain.
Interchange: Dean Young is there, to be the utility player for the forwards, he can play lock, second row and hooker to the same standard but mostly for hooker. Douglas to partner Snowden and be apart of the prop rotation along with Weyman who also has origin experience already. Scott is there for the second rower also covers the backline, if he isn’t picked, Luke Lewis would suffice.
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