Failures in NSW Blues selection
The team was picked on Sunday at 5 pm and I must say I was astounded to see that the likes of Farah and Idris were not included in the team. Even worse, there were two hookers named in the team.
Now I have been following Rugby League my whole life and Origin since I was five. Never have I seen anything as ridiculous as naming two hookers for an origin side.
Let alone, two hookers that could not hold a candle to the man excluded.
Farah is undoubtably the best hooker eligible to play for New South Wales. If given the chance, he would run plays and lead the Blues around the field with ease.
If picked, Robbie would run rings around his Maroons counterpart in Cam Smith.
What I do not understand about the naming of the two hookers, is that a team attitude and style is developed around the hooker and the halves and if we some how chop and change our hooker, we will change the style of play.
This may trick the Maroons, but it is highly doubtful, as it will more than likely just confuse the other Blues players and result in stupid penalties.
Queensland will only name one hooker and he will stay on the field the full 80 minutes as they know that the foundation of how a team plays centres around the hooker, five-eight and halfback.
The other selection choice I am struggling with is Jamal Idris.
Idris is an enforcer and should never have been left out of the team.
If you watched him in the ANZAC Test, it is astonishing that he was excluded from the team. He played the game of his life in that match and deserves to be wearing the sky-blue for game one of this year’s state of origin.
I have read a lot of news about Hayne not being picked and to be honest I do not think he deserves a spot in the NSW team. Dugan is a great player, but I am very worried about his selection.
My team would not have been all that different to the team picked. Other than the fact that I would have had Farah at hooker to partner Pirece as he did in the City versus Country match, iI would have Idris either on the bench or playing at left centre and boot Young from the team.
That is my rant, you may agree or disagree, but it is my opinion, as a keen fan and a true lover of this sport.
Ricky, I have lost a little faith in you, with the selection of two hookers in the team. And both, I believe, both were the wrong choice.