What was the point of selecting Gutho?
Guy deserves it no doubt, but.... talk about not utilising the manpower on-hand.
Fittler on shaky ground even with a dead-rubber win, surely.
Agree Alx. Game 1, if Burton went on instead of Hynes the Blues may of won the series.Cody Walker is the NSW foil to Munster. Luai has that mongrel in him too no doubt, but Walker is simply better at it.
DCE is a cleanskin to Moses/Cleary - but the niggle in Walker/Munster is well documented, and on top of that Walker has that x-factor of Munster too.
Turbo should never have been selected on form (Grahan from Souths was the logical choice) - and likewise Walker was a standout, beyond Game-1 (even tho Luai wasn't an entirely pointless selection).
Fittler's dedication to 'combinations' in some areas, and individual brilliance in others (ie Turbo/Latrell as Centres) was his ultimate undoing.
The bizarro aspect is that he picked Drinkwater for any purpose; guy is a turnstyle. In saying that, I think it's easier to cover the loss of a forward in the Origin arena. If you lose a half or outside back, you're toast. You're edges get exposed by the talent coming at you and it's hard to score points with only one threat in the halves. Gutho and Drinky can both play 1-6.Pretty sure walker was injured or just coming back for game 1
The most bizarre Freddy pick I thought was drinkwater as the concussion sun when he already had Gutho on the bench
Why that would not be a forward just felt like bad planning
Very very hard to be “ up” and intense if you’ve already won the series.The media narrative around SOO is hilarious. Two weeks ago, QLD wrapped up the series and Fittler's head was on the chopping block. NSW win game 3, and Fittler is lauded for his masterstroke selections, the future looks bright and QLD has some soul searching to do?! Walker should have played 6 for NSW for the last 4-5 years and Murray should have been the link man in the middle; that's all on Fittler. As for QLD, they lacked the usual intensity last night and that accounts for their failings. Normal transmission will resume next year.
Could of fooled me, the tackling from both sides was stinging and uncompromising. Looked intense to me.Very very hard to be “ up” and intense if you’ve already won the series.
Really not much to play for , and that really showed, QLD just went through the motions for much of the game.
I take absolutely ZERO from that win that anything will be different in 2024.
Also White seems to be following in Munster's grubby footsteps as well, when Crichton knocked the ball out of Whites hand he just went for Crichton instead of the ball. Also got pinged and rightly so for turning a player over after a completed tackle. When Bellyache finally does pull the pin, I just hope a lot of these grubby tactics from the Melb go with him.He’s just the most hateable little prick isn’t he !!
No I’m talking about the extra desire that QLD always have , to me it wasn’t being shown last night.Could of fooled me, the tackling from both sides was stinging and uncompromising. Looked intense to me.
Get what you're sayin, but footy players like DCE and Turbo like to test themselves in higher company, it's only natural for elite players to want to do this. In DCE's case since SOO1 DCE's game has gone to another level, benefiting the team immensely.After three series wins as captain, hopefully, DCE will retire from Origin & focus on winning a premiership for Manly.
Also, Turbo should realise he is injury prone, retire from Origin & focus on winnng a premiership for Manly.
Got to give NSW credit tho, Walker, Bradman and JOC tore Qld's right side to shreds and never recovered from that moment on. Fair enough tho, we agree to disagree I guess.No I’m talking about the extra desire that QLD always have , to me it wasn’t being shown last night.
Not suggesting that there was a lack of effort , but I just don’t think they were throwing everything bar the kitchen sink into last nights game, which they did in game 1 & 2.