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State of Origin 3 – smell of victory

Ah…I love the smell of white-wash in the morning!

It was a ripper of a game last night, with NSW finally making a contest of it but the Maroons coming out on top as the deserved to.

Unfortunately the game was let down by an increase in the grubby tactics of the Blues.  I guess knowing that an overt fight wouldn’t unsettle the Marrons at all they stepped up the niggle and grubby stuff.

As an example, I can only think of a few occasions where a Qlder was tackled and DIDN”T have someone holding on to his head while he was on the ground.  I’m all for aggressive defence but attacking the head should be totally stamped out.

Add to that another hair pulling incident by Girl Gidley and that disgusting hit on Slater by Scott and it would be fair to say that their aim was to bash Qld off their game once again.

On another note, I had regained a modicum of respect for them up until last night’s game, thinking they had regained a sense of balance but once again the NSWRL Channel 9 commentary team’s disgustingly one-sided commentary made me yearn for the days of Roy and HG.  Every time NSW did something remotely positive they would gibber on about it for ages, ignoring the next 3 tackles.  And don’t get me started on their worship of Hayne…he makes two runs and a partial break and suddenly he’s “superstar Jarryd Hayne”.  Give me a break…the guy’s second string and not even a serious contender for the Oz fullback spot.  This is probably the best he’s played all season and even then he only did it for about 30 minutes…Slater does it week in week out for 80 minutes.

Finally the Australian Test team…this should be interesting.  By rights there should only be 2 NSW players in the whole team…and that’s being generous.

Hayne as a direct swap for Folau…not that he’s the next best winger, but that the ARL board has a hard on for him…and none of the NSW wingers were any good at all.

And Learoyd-Lahrs on the bench…he’s played pretty well for them the past couple of games and deserves his shot.

Apart from that I don’t see how they can justify not picking every other Qlder…there wasn’t a poor player in the lot and they all thoroughly deserve it.

Back in the real world it’ll be totally different.  The selectors will have been given a directive to make the squad evenly representative of both sides, so players who don’t deserve to be there will get another run.

If any more than 4 NSW players get picked you know this is the case.

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  1. King Rat
    July 16, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Clearly as a result of the Storm salary cap rort the combination of Cronk, Inglis, Smith and Slater being an illegal collection/combination of players totally disqualifies the legitimacy of any of Queensland victories since 2006.

    Only salary cap rorting allowed these players to remain together thus creating familiarity with each one’s game that would otherwise not have been existent.

    Queensland have therefore illegally benefitted from the Storm cheating,

  2. King Rat
    July 16, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Plus the continued use of Folau when he is going to Rugby is a complete disgrace and a total betrayal to the Game.

    Queensland have nothing to crow about.

    • July 18, 2010 at 6:02 PM

      Dude, Folau is currently under contract to the Nrl and as such is eligible to play…end of story.
      If you are going to penalise players for future events you may as well pre-emptively ban any males born in new from playing league for qld just in case they move there and show a modicum of talent.

    • July 18, 2010 at 6:03 PM

      Plus he’s going to afl not rugby.

  3. Miglo
    July 16, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    Only salary cap rorting allowed these players to remain together thus creating familiarity with each one’s game that would otherwise not have been existent.

    That’s quite a good point and one that I don’t think many people have considered, not that I know of anyway.

    • July 20, 2010 at 9:17 AM

      But Migs they still actually have to take the field and play.
      I don’t actually think that having an extra 10K in your wallet as you run on to the field will actually make you a better player.

  4. King Rat
    July 21, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Of course they still have to play well. But they play even better if they know each other’s little nuances, calls, flick passes etc.

    Queensland have won from 2006 to 2010. The EXACT same period that Melbourne outrageously rorted the Cap.

    Queensland victories are no more worthy than the Storm Premierships.

    • July 22, 2010 at 8:49 AM

      Yes and we all know the Qld team consists of precisely 3 players…Smith, Slater and Inglis (and possibly Folau).
      Sorry what’s that…the other 14 guys?? Makes no difference…if those 3/4 play together for 4 years you know it makes any team with them in it unbeatable.
      The most important combinations in a league side are positions 1/6/7/9…generally speaking. Your analogy tends to fall in a heap when half of the players in those positions play for different teams.

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