Posts Tagged "State Of Origin"

If Kevin Walters and his fellow selectors truly care about the future of the Queensland State of Origin side, beyond the current campaign, they must now do what they should have been doing since 2015 and select Daly Cherry-Evans.

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How does the coach-adviser relationship work within the NSW State of Origin team structure? I spoke to Peter Sterling, who provided some great insights with the series decider against Queensland now only a fortnight away.

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There are four givens in Johnathan Thurston’s future as one of the greatest footballers to strap on a rugby league boot.

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With the third and final State of Origin match just two weeks away, focus will centre on this weekend’s round of matches to determine who earns selection for the decider in Brisbane.

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When an NRL player commits an act deemed, reckless, dangerous or intentional and it results in injury or potential harm to a player, they are sanctioned. Well, usually. Sometimes.

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I really didn’t want to be that guy. The whinger. The moaner. The sore loser. I tried to let it go and move on, but I just couldn’t come to terms with the way that New South Wales lost that game.

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Michael Morgan looks set to wear the Queensland No.6 jumper in next month’s State of Origin decider.

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As a society we’ve become dangerously accustomed to receiving our news from people with a stake in what they are reporting on.

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Kevin Walters has reinstated Queensland’s loyalty policy for Game 3, vowing to ‘pick and stick’ with the blacklisting of Daly Cherry-Evans.

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NSW are being lambasted for a poor performance in the second half of Game 2 of State of Origin, but the nous of their opposition has been underrated, and the magnitude of their win in Game 1 created an unrealistic expectation.

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If anything’s to be taken out of Queensland’s triumphant win on Wednesday night over New South Wales, it’s that champions know how to get the job done.

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So … how did that happen?

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Queensland’s hopes of retaining the State of Origin shield have been dealt a massive blow, with superstar halfback Johnathan Thurston ruled out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.

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The NRL is in talks over extending Suncorp Stadium’s capacity for what former Queensland great Greg Dowling tips will be the biggest State of Origin clash of all time.

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James Maloney has taken exception to Andrew Johns’ scathing verdict that NSW played dumb football and failed to target a visibly injured Johnathan Thurston in the second half of Wednesday night’s State of Origin II loss.

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I’ve spent the overwhelming majority of my adult life watching New South Wales lose games of football.

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Even the greatest of champions must fall.

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For just the fifth time ever, the man of the match in State of Origin was won by a player on the losing team. It was the wrong decision made without due process and left many baffled.

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Drawing inspiration from fellow Queenslander Clive Palmer, the Maroons have ripped-off a heap of expectant people by magically resurrecting from their own self-declared death.

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New South Wales had won the first game of the series and therefore went into Game 2 with the opportunity to wrap up the series in front of 82,000 fans.

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