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Who will run out in the Origin Sides??

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Nutzcraw, May 12, 2008.

  1. Nutzcraw

    Nutzcraw Active Member

    +4 /0
    This is what I reckon will go close to being picked


    Brett Stewart
    Joel Monoghan
    Mark Gasnier
    Jamie Lyon
    Jarryd Hayne
    Braith Anasta
    Brett Finch
    Mark O'Meley
    Danny Buderus
    Willie Mason
    Paul Gallen
    Ryan Hoffman
    Greg bird

    Kurt Gidley
    Anthony Laffranchi
    Anthony Tupou
    Brent Kite


    Billy Slater
    Israel Falou
    Brent Tate
    Justin Hodges
    Greg Inglis
    Scott Prince
    Jonathan Thurston
    Carl Webb
    Cameron Smith
    Petero Civoniceva
    Nate Myles
    Michael Crocker
    Dallas Johnstone

    Nathan Friend/Aaron Payne
    Neville Costigan
    Jacob Lillyman
    Sam Thaiday
  2. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

    +4 /0
    I like the look of that NSW team except that I would brush O'Meley, start Kite and bring Ben Cross onto the bench. I also think they'll have Matt Cooper on that wing instead of Monoghan.

    Deep down I believe they are going to pick Gidley in the halves, although I think it is a massive mistake. I can't believe it has taken until this weekend before someone brought up the kicking games (Phil Gould in his weekend column). Finally somebody stood up and explained that neither Bird nor Gidley has a kicking game to speak of, something which is crucial in footy but even moreso in Origin.

    Finch, mind you, did his absolute best to play himself out of a Blues jersey yesterday with one of the worst kicking displays ever. What was it...five of his kicks that were charged down? Totally unacceptable.

    I don't really care about QLD's team, but I reckon they would be better off having Folau in the centres.
  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    +0 /0
    From all reports Cooper will be the centre not Lyon and White and Cross will be in the front row at the expense of Kite and oMeally. 

    The coach will pick his two Melbourne front rowers from last years grand final and Cooper has incriminating photos of Bellamy.
  4. Garts

    Garts Well-Known Member

    +844 /25
    Do not get me wrong Gidley is a great player but what a waste of a bench spot.  In NRL games how many Gidley type reserves do teams have?  None, it is generally 4 forwards which might include a hooker. Having him there is good cover if we get a injury in the backs but we could generally cover that anyway.
  5. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

    +4 /0
    Cooper's name has been thrown up because of his combo with Gasnier. But centre combo's are hugely overrated. They barely ever link up on the field, which is why I would put him on the wing next to Gaz.

    The other thing which Killer has in his favour is goal-kicking. He is a genuine 75% or more kicker. No one else in contention can claim that. Gidley is improving, but not reliable. Gasnier has had a few cracks at goal this year but he'd not be someone that you would want kicking in Origin.

    Also, Gidley off the bench is dynamite Garts. Covers 8 positions on the field, will provide huge impact when he comes on and once he comes on he will stay on and finish the game swapping positions. He can come on for Buderus, but then Buderus can come back on and replace Gallen or another backrower sending Bird into the backrow and Gidley into the halves. Or Anasta, or whoever they end up going with.

    There is no doubt he is one of the form NSW players in the comp, but his versitility off the bench is too valuable to start him at half-back.

    I'll be spewing if White gets a run. He was f*cking terrible last year. Got smashed in his first hit up and was silent for the rest of the series. He did nothing but bleed. Cross is someone I'd love to see coming off the bench though. Perfect for Origin.
  6. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +8,600 /80
    If I was picking the side I'd go for




    Quinn will probably get the nod over Monaghan but I think they will exploit him in the air with Folau and Inglis.

    Possibly start Bird at lock, push Gallen to second row and bench Mason. Hornby can cover dummy half as well as half and fullback, but they'll probably pick Finch which is a joke.

    The only other thing I'd consider is Hindmarsh instead of Laffranchi as he does a hell of a lot of tackling and clean up work, something that Mason, Hoffman, Laffranchi aren't big on. But Laffranchi can also be a defacto prop.

    I'll be really surprised if Lyon gets picked.
  7. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +3,886 /65
    I actually think the Qld backline will read like this


    Slater and Hunt to interchange between the back. Mal is loyal, and Hunt is a favourite of his. Hunt certainly gained some respect from me yesterday, had a good game
  8. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +3,886 /65
    Gidley has fractured his cheekbone, but is playing on

    White off the field with a shoulder injury, they think at the moment it is just a stinger like Beaver had
  9. King

    King Active Member

    +98 /5
    If Fit this will be the side.

    1.B Stewart
    2.J Hayne
    3.M Gasnier
    4.J Lyon
    5.A Quinn
    6.G Bird
    7.M Orford
    8.B White
    9.D Budderus
    10.B Kite
    11.P Gallen
    12.R Hoffman
    13.A Laffranchi

    14.K Gidley
    15.W Mason
    16.A Tupou
    17.B Cross
  10. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +516 /14
    Cross has played himself out of the NSW side tonight. 
  11. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

    +4 /0
    Couldn't agree more. He's been f*cking abysmal.

    Finch did everything possible to play himself out of the NSW team yesterday by nullifying the only part of his game which was stronger than Gidley (his kicking game - kicks got charged down five times...terrible).

    And Cross did the same tonight. No energy, dropped balls, looked out of his depth or injured. I still think Cross is made for Origin, but he was battered out there tonight.

    This weekend's games certainly didn't make picking the team any easier.
  12. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

    +85 /0
    How did Mullen go.....from what I see they have no choice but to use The Ox at 7
  13. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member

    +516 /0
    Mullen went OK, scored a try and tackled.  There's no way they'll pick Orford.  He's just not good enough.
  14. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

    +85 /0
    And Finch, Mullen Or Gidley(at 7 which isn't his position) is?
  15. Garts

    Garts Well-Known Member

    +844 /25
    Exactly Byso.  Orford is no world beater but he is the best NSW half running around at the moment.  Anyway I hope they do not pick him for Manlys sake. 

    If NSW have Gidley and Bird in the halves we are screwed.  Need a proper half, not Gidley, especially with Bird next to him.
  16. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

    +85 /0
    Gidley apparently has an injured cheekbone.
  17. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    I seriously think that if they picked  Anasta and Orford in the halves it would be a success

    Brett Stewart
    Anthony Quinn
    Mark Gasnier
    Jamie Lyon
    Jarryd Hayne
    Braith Anasta
    Matt Orford

    Brent Kite
    Danny Buderus
    Willie Mason
    Paul Gallen
    Ryan Hoffman
    Anthony Laffranchi

    Greg bird
    Kurt Gidley
    Anthony Tupou
    Brett White

    I think there should be another bopper on the bench, I read that Fitzgibbon was in contention for a spot
  18. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

    +4 /0
    They'll still pick him, and just give him as much time as possible. Very likely that they'll pick Mullen as the shadow player because it will work to his benefit if he is suspended for a week, because he as 18th man he can use Newcastle's game this weekend to cover that suspension and be right to play for NSW.
  19. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

    +215 /5
    Wrong - quite a few surprises. Bellamy will have to be a supercoach for this lot to get anywhere near the Toads.
  20. ssar

    ssar Well-Known Member

    +220 /4
    The first game of SOO this year is imminent.
    One of the best competitions of any contact sport, anywhere.

    A quick reminder of how competitive Origin has been over the years:
    Games played: 81
    QLD wins: 40
    NSW wins: 39
    Draws: 2
    Series wins: tied - NSW 12, QLD 12 (and 2 drawn)

    Queensland are defending champs, and have won the previous 2 Origin series. They're looking to tie the NSW record of 3 consecutive series and going by the talent in their side - head into this years' Origin as favourites.

    NSW are the underdogs, but determined to stop Queensland in their tracks and sneak home this year's series. Will be a tough ask, as they've got a rookie halves combo, yet to prove themselves in the toughest NRL arena.

    Date: 21st May 2008
    Venue: Stadium Australia, Homebush
    Kickoff: 8.00pm

    TV: Live on Ch. 9 for NSW & QLD. For other states, please check your local viewing guide
    Radio: 2GB (continuous call team), ABC Radio, Triple J (Roy & HG)
    Live Internet Stream: 2GB


    Here's the list of players with thier position numbers and club they play for:


    NSW squad for Origin I

    1. Stewart (Manly)
    2. Hayne (Eels)
    3. Gasnier (Dragons)
    4. Cooper (Dragons)
    5. Quinn (Storm)
    6. Bird (Sharks)
    7. Wallace (Broncos)
    8. White (Storm)
    9. Buderus (c) (Knights)
    10. Cross (Knights)
    11. Hoffman (Storm)
    12. Mason (Roosters)
    13. Gallen (Sharks)

    NSW Interchange Bench
    14. Laffranchi (Titans)
    15. Tupou (Roosters)
    16. Fitzgibbon (Roosters)
    17. Hornby (Dragons)

    Queensland squad for Origin I

    1. Slater (Storm)
    2. Tate (Warriors)
    3. Inglis (Storm)
    4. Hodges (Broncos)
    5. Folau (Storm)
    6. Hunt (Broncos)
    7. Thurston (Cowboys)
    8. Webb (Cowboys)
    9. Smith (c) (Storm)
    10. Civoniceva -(Panthers)
    11. Crocker (Storm)
    12. Thaiday (Broncos)
    13. Johnson (Storm)

    QLD Interchange Bench
    14. Marsh (Broncos)
    15. Hannant (Broncos)
    16. Myles (Roosters)
    17. Lillyman (Cowboys)


    Geez, that is one nasty-looking QLD team.

    Wallace & Bird for NSW really have the weight of our state on thier shoulders, and when Gasnier & Cooper get walked all over by thier opposing centres & wingers, it will be goodnight NSW.

    Let's hope the NSW ruck play has enough variety to get the QLD'ers on thier back feet a few times to give the Blues a chance.

    The NSW TAB Sportbet currently has QLD paying $1.65, NSW paying $2.20.

    Bring it on!

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