What Lozza should do if he wants to win Origin I

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    No Robbie Farah, Mitchell Pearce, Dylan Walker, David Klemmer or Shannon Boyd in my NSW team for State of Origin I. Nathan Peats, Matt Moylan, Jarryd Hayne, Paul Vaughan and Jake Trbojevic all in.

    Blues coach Laurie Daley should stick with the winning halves pairing from Origin III last year – Moylan and James Maloney.

    Halfback Pearce has been playing well for Sydney Roosters this season, but he always has been a good club player. It’s at Origin level that he hasn’t been able to make an impact and he has had plenty of chances.

    Moylan is still playing fullback for Penrith, but he spends so much time in the front line in attack that he may as well be at five-eighth.

    The Panthers haven’t had a great season so far, but Moylan is a brilliant player. There were good signs from him in the second half against the Warriors last weekend and surrounded by class players in the NSW side he would have no trouble finding top gear.

    Moylan would also be cover for fullback James Tedesco, while Jack Bird would provide the utility value from the bench.

    Farah’s days as Blues hooker should have been over before now. Plenty of people raved about his performance for South Sydney against Wests Tigers last weekend, but the Tigers may as well not have turned up they were so bad.

    The form showed by Peats in Gold Coast’s win over Melbourne in a much better game was superior. He’s ready to go at Origin level. So too are Vaughan and Trbojevic.

    It would be a mistake to keep St George Illawarra prop Vaughan waiting. He’s playing better than his former teammate Boyd is at Canberra and has got so much going for him.

    He’s a big body, he can break the line, he’s got an offload, he can score tries and he’ll be able to play for 50-something minutes. He’s irresistible. I’d even start him.

    Trbojevic is a classic defender in the centre of the field. He breaks blokes in half. And he can play big minutes if necessary.

    Canterbury prop Klemmer makes a lot of metres, but there’s not a lot else to his game at the moment and Vaughan and Trbojevic can each do something with the ball. So, too, can Andrew Fifita.

    It’s hard to leave Klemmer out, but with Aaron Woods set to make an early comeback from injury for the Tigers this weekend and then move on to the NSW side, someone has to go to fit both Vaughan and Trbojevic in.

    You simply must have Hayne in the side somewhere. NSW have only won one series in the 11 years and Hayne had a huge influence on that success. Put him at centre this time around.

    NSW Blues Jarryd Hayne scores the opening try during Game I of the the 2013 State of Origin

    AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

    Tom Trbojevic would have been on the wing for sure had he not been hurt playing for Manly last weekend.

    It would be easy to put Hayne there and Walker in the centres, but Brett Morris has never let a representative side down on the wing. Bring him back.

    My NSW team
    James Tedesco, Brett Morris, Jarryd Hayne, Josh Dugan, Blake Ferguson, Matt Moylan, James Maloney, Aaron Woods, Nathan Peats, Paul Vaughan, Boyd Cordner (c), Josh Jackson, Tyson Frizell. Interchange: Jack Bird, Wade Graham, Jake Trbojevic, Andrew Fifita.

    Greg Prichard
    Greg Prichard

    Greg Prichard has spent all of his working life in the media, from way back when journalists were still using typewriters. He has covered rugby league, football, AFL and various other sports for News Limited and Fairfax newspapers and also worked for magazines, radio and pay television. Twitter: @gregprichard

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    • May 17th 2017 @ 8:10am
      Swannies said | May 17th 2017 @ 8:10am | ! Report

      Pearce and Farah must be picked…proven experience is required for SOO.

      • May 17th 2017 @ 9:09am
        Beastie said | May 17th 2017 @ 9:09am | ! Report

        QLD would love that. Proven experience just leads to the same experience. A losing culture is amplified by players who have only experienced losing. We need new blood.

        • Roar Rookie

          May 17th 2017 @ 9:47am
          Bunney said | May 17th 2017 @ 9:47am | ! Report

          Pretty sure Swannies was typing in either sarcasm font, or in taking the pi$$ font…

      • May 17th 2017 @ 9:15am
        SewingMachine said | May 17th 2017 @ 9:15am | ! Report

        Pearce’s selection I can understand..but Farah’s been out of form for two years..and Greg is right in the comparison between Peats game and Farah’s game..one performed brilliant against the best team in the comp the other against a disinterested rabble..but truth be told as long as Daley is coach Farah will be picked..if Ennis’s stellar form last year couldn’t unseat an underdone Farah..no one will..even if they deserve it..

      • May 17th 2017 @ 9:31am
        Sideline said | May 17th 2017 @ 9:31am | ! Report

        Talk about fishing… already got two bites.

        • May 17th 2017 @ 9:59am
          SewingMachine said | May 17th 2017 @ 9:59am | ! Report

          Ha ha..he got me hook line and sinker..or was it a stinker!

      • Roar Rookie

        May 17th 2017 @ 10:08am
        steveng said | May 17th 2017 @ 10:08am | ! Report

        Farah has cleared his troubled Tigers/Taylor head now and he’s a new man. lol

    • Roar Pro

      May 17th 2017 @ 8:47am
      boonboon said | May 17th 2017 @ 8:47am | ! Report

      2 backrowers on a bench plus Bird who could play backrow when all 3 backrowers could play 80 mins – ummm nope

      • May 17th 2017 @ 9:11am
        Beastie said | May 17th 2017 @ 9:11am | ! Report

        Wade Graham replaces Frizell and J Tbrojevic can play in the front row as well as Fifita

    • May 17th 2017 @ 9:10am
      BrainsTrust said | May 17th 2017 @ 9:10am | ! Report

      1. Confiscate the players mobile phones.
      2. Find a hotel where you can lock the players in their rooms at night, one with no room service and mini bar.
      3. Stay guard during the night outside the players windows to stop them escaping that way.

      • May 17th 2017 @ 4:29pm
        GC Dave said | May 17th 2017 @ 4:29pm | ! Report

        Better yet for the Blues, lock the Qlders in their rooms for the night of origin.

    • May 17th 2017 @ 9:20am
      Cassia said | May 17th 2017 @ 9:20am | ! Report

      Pearce for Moylan (defence is not up to Origin Standard). Maloney to 6 and we win the Series with your side.

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        May 17th 2017 @ 9:38am
        Mr X said | May 17th 2017 @ 9:38am | ! Report

        Most halves are turnstiles in defence, in fact, Moylan only missed 1 tackle from 19 in Game 3 last year, albeit leading to a try but that was because Queensland laid it on for Gavin Cooper right on the line, any half would be doing well to hold him out. In fact, in that game JT missed 9 tackles. So, while Moylan isn’t certainly a star in defence, most halves aren’t.

    • May 17th 2017 @ 9:28am
      Oingo Boingo said | May 17th 2017 @ 9:28am | ! Report

      Handing over the reins to a more qualified coach comes to mind .
      I’ll be interested to see what a difference Sterlo makes, if Farah gets selected, I’d suggest none at all.

      • May 17th 2017 @ 9:36am
        Sideline said | May 17th 2017 @ 9:36am | ! Report

        I’m very interested to see what Sterlo can do. I hopping that he can pick experienced players who have proven success (e.g. Hayne) but abandon players like Farah and Pearce. I know it’s hard to define “proven” success, but I’m hoping he’s the man to do it.

    • May 17th 2017 @ 9:32am
      TC said | May 17th 2017 @ 9:32am | ! Report

      Great backline. Speed and size in the back five and creativity in the halves pairing that won game three last year. NSW don’t have a SOO quality hooker at the moment so I’d put Pearce in at hooker. He’s big, strong, creative and can tackle and we need to face facts, no other NSW hooker is up to the task so we need to improvise. I’d also add Klemmer to the 17 in lieu of JTurbo. Also prefer Fifita and Graham in the starting side and Vaughan and Jackson on the bench. Take Qld on up the centre with Woods and Fifita laying the platform and Graham and Cordner running edges with Pearce, Maloney and Moylan calling the shots. Teddy running off those 3 will create havoc. Size and mobility off the bench in Klemmer and Vaughan to keep us going forward plus a tacking machine in Jackson and Bird as the utility. They can win.

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