Why are Queensland raging hot favourites for SOO. Yes, they have a "gun" backline - ON PAPER. But the way things are going, Queensland are not going to pick to form which means: The so-called star backline wil be populated by players not performing. Of the likely backline, only Thurston is performing consistently well. Lockyer has an injury cloud, Hunt is over rated, Tate is Bennett's love child and Inglis and Hodges have been surprisingly quiet and uninvolved over the last 4-6 weeks. And the NSW backline are no mugs AND they are finding form. On form you could make a case the NSW backline is currently better performed. In the forwards there is no doubt NSW are far stronger on paper. The only concern for NSW at the moment is the uncertainty over 6 & 7.