It’s nearly that time of the year; the time when any rugby league fans young and old get truly excited about State Of Origin and the entertainment it provides.
The question at the lips of all New South Wales supporters is how to defeat what would seem to be one of the all-time greatest team’s in rugby league history.
What is the recipe behind their success? Is it the so called Queensland passion or is it the fact that fullback, dummy half, five-eighth and halfback are all taken up by incumbent players?
These players know that when they run out onto the park on the 23rd of May that they aren’t playing to keep their position. Rather, they are playing to win the State of Origin for their beloved Queensland.
It’s this team security that the Blues are lacking. Whilst you want to pick players who are in form, sometimes it’s best to stick with knowledge and experience.
The particular battle quenching the curiosity of Blues faithful is who will be the 6 and 7. The contenders include: Carney, Pearce, Soward, Maloney, Mullen and Hayne.
If this were the Queensland side, Soward and Pearce would be certainties as both have big game experience and won’t be caught down by first game blues.
Ricky Stuart stated that he wanted to create a setup similar to that of the Queenslanders, but has he retreated on that idea? It doesn’t help that the form of players including Soward and Ennis have been far from flattering.
As a NSW fan I trust Ricky to produce the right formula to end the the drought of series wins, but unfortunately I don’t see this as being the year for NSW as I do believe we need to pick and stick with last year’s crop of players.
But are they the men for the job?