Posts Tagged "State Of Origin"

Since the somewhat inevitable Queensland victory in State of Origin at Suncorp last week there have been a lot of things said about the NSW side – not many of them complimentary.

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Watching Nathan Ross score that amazing try for the Knights against the Dragons on the weekend made me feel a couple of things.

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I’ve heard it time and time again: Queensland are just too good. When the old army retires, normality will return. But is Queensland really that good or have NSW just been bad?

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Following Queensland’s continued domination in State of Origin, it is necessary for NSW to make a few tweaks to its squad in order to win back some pride.

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“Losing is a disease… as contagious as polio. Losing is a disease… as contagious as syphilis. Losing is a disease… as contagious as bubonic plague. Attacking one… but infecting all. But curable.”

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Well, Queensland have won the State of Origin series in straight sets, the Cronulla Sharks made it 11 in-a-row and the Brisbane Broncos continue their mid-season form slump. Welcome back to The Roar‘s NRL MVP.

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Having been exposed heavily to rugby union over the last year and a half (thanks to my girlfriend), I decided to head out to my first ever Wallabies Test on the weekend.

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I’ll believe Semi Radradra is back at Parramatta when he actually appears back at Parramatta. At the moment, the issue surrounding the Fijian winger has a smell about it that suggests it is not going to end well for the Eels.

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It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Not again. The Queensland team was supposed to be too old and slow. Adam Reynolds’ kicking game was meant to make all the difference.

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Sam Thaiday reckons Queensland’s recent State of Origin dominance deserves a documentary. Not the worst idea, although the format might be tricky.

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Brett Morris feels a State of Origin recall would be unfair on his NSW teammates, despite his stunning return to the NRL.

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A bemused Jason Taylor has queried why James Tedesco isn’t yet part of the NSW State of Origin set up after the Wests Tigers star almost helped create one of the boilovers of the NRL season.

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How does a selector, who is running at a 9 per cent success rate, maintain his role for 11 straight years?

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Watching NSW slump to their tenth series loss in the last eleven years, I could not help but ask myself where has it all gone wrong?

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North Queensland’s Michael Morgan won’t need surgery on his injured knee but his prospects of playing in next month’s final State of Origin clash look dim.

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The investigations, self-immolation and recriminations in NSW since Wednesday night’s Origin II defeat create different impressions depending on your vantage point.

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Despair not, Blues fans, all is not lost! Well, apart from yet another series, but as a group of wise men once said, “Always look on the bright side of life”.

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With an injury to incumbent NSW Blues second rower Boyd Cordner, St George hard man Tyson Frizell did more than just fill in during his absence for State of Origin.

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‘The King’ of State of Origin, Wally Lewis, shudders to think how long Queensland will extend their reign under Maroons coach Kevin Walters’ succession plan.

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NSW star Aaron Woods reckons Blues fans are kidding themselves if they don’t pack out ANZ Stadium for skipper Paul Gallen’s farewell in State of Origin III.

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