Foran is a GUN, who has an impact of almost every game he plays. You can't say that about Johnson yet, and this article was dealing in the now.
It's not 'crazy' to want Mullen in the Blues team. It simply wouldn't serve NSW moving forward. Better to give a younger player with fresher legs a chance, such as Johnson- or stick with Maloney and hope for improved performance across the board and a decline from Queensland.
They did indeed miss him, Haz. Mannering is workhorse but doesn't have the skill and athleticism of Watmough or Parker. Those guys tend to make more of an impact in attack across the 80 mins, which is what the Kiwis lack.
You've made my point for me with the 2011 example and Johnson. Yes, he had a great year but hasn't consistently reproduced that form and to be an elite player, you've got to show up for the vast majority of games. He doesn't. As for your "game control", go back and take a look at his last tackle plays in the Test. Not much game control on display.
Exactly right, Muzz. Steve, we can take any game we wish to the country and by making it an NRL game, we might free ourselves of the need to delay the NRL premiership a week, just when momentum was gathering.