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Gallen’s NSW Origin hopes in the balance

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    NSW skipper Paul Gallen faces a nervous 24 hours with a knee injury and possible suspension threatening his involvement in the State of Origin series opener following a dramatic 34-28 NRL loss to South Sydney on Monday night.

    As if the sight of a Queensland star Greg Inglis scoring a brilliant hat-trick for the Rabbitohs wasn’t enough to ensure a sleepless night for NSW coach Ricky Stuart, Gallen’s shocking evening out would have done the trick.

    He is booked in for scans early Tuesday morning after hobbling from the field just before the hour mark – his Origin hopes now in the balance.

    “I just went to take off and something clicked in my knee,” Gallen said.

    “It’s not too bad, I’m walking around alright now, it’s definitely not my ACL which is good – just check and see how the scan is tomorrow.

    “They think posterior cruciate at worst.

    “I’ve never had it happen before – it was a bit scary.”

    Even if he overcomes that hurdle, Gallen faces another after being put on report for kneeing Dave Taylor in the fourth minute – though that seemed the least of his concerns.

    “I didn’t even know why it was put on report. He had hold of my leg,” said Gallen – one of three players along with Matt King and Josh Starling to be put on report.

    “I thought it was a bit of a joke some of those things being put on report out there tonight.”

    Already without certain selections Kurt Gidley, Danny Buderus and Michael Jennings due to injury, the loss of his inspirational captain Gallen for the May 23 match could be the setback from which the Blues fail to recover.

    The one bright spot for NSW would have been the performance of likely five-eighth Todd Carney – who scored one breathtaking solo try from a scrum and played a leading role in three others.

    But his heroics were no match for Inglis, who almost single-handedly stopped Cronulla’s winning streak at six in his most dominant display since being shifted to the No.1 jumper.

    His hat-trick – which started with a powerful fifth minute effort when he charged through a host of defenders from short range – was just the start of it.

    He also set up another for Nathan Merritt – who scored a double to open his 2012 account – while two try-saving tackles in defence completed a standout all-around game.

    “That’s (the involvement) you want from your fullback and he’s working hard at that,” Souths coach Michael Maguire said.

    “We’ve spoken to him about the improvement he’s still got in his game so we’re looking forward to that too.

    “Once Greg found his feet I knew if we got Greg the ball he could so special things which he’s done all his career.”

    Added Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan:

    “If they don’t have their fullback (Inglis), we win.

    “The tries he comes up with and the plays he comes up with. We knew where they were coming but it’s hard to handle.

    “I thought it was a great battle (with Carney) and I thought he was great tonight, Todd.”

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    • May 8th 2012 @ 7:16am
      oikee said | May 8th 2012 @ 7:16am | ! Report

      I could see this coming a mile off. Gallen has burnt himself out. Nobody could keep up the rate Gallen was trying to acheive, and surely he must have lost metres last night with the intercept pass he threw. Come-on stats man, you cant keep giving Gallen metres when he throws wayward passes and loses ground with his silly off-loads. The only people singing Gallen’s praises are New South Welshmen and rum drinkers, they love Gallons also.
      Gallen kneed Taylor right to the face, then as normal tried to disguise it as Taylor grabbing his foot, Taylor grabbed his foot because Gallen sunk the boot in, try this at home, if someone kicks you in the face your natutal reaction is to grab their leg or foot so they cant kick you.
      Gallen also gave Geddes a face gouging massage with fingers in the eyes, plus i noticed he also lashed out at Crocker with his boots, kicked him right in the eye.
      This leopard who wont change his spots is out of control again. He has sucked the New South Wales public in, and is now back to his true colours, a nasty angry little man living a false dream because the statman is like a blind man obsessed with Gallen.

      Enough is enough, Gallen has got to go for 5 weeks, with or without his little knee problem, its probably sore from kneeing Taylor in the head. Rub him out judish. Out for 5 or your showing your inconsistancy biase.

      • May 8th 2012 @ 7:36am
        eagleJack said | May 8th 2012 @ 7:36am | ! Report

        I have no idea why I bother reading your ramblings Oikee. You are certainly ‘special’.

      • May 8th 2012 @ 7:50am
        llieno said | May 8th 2012 @ 7:50am | ! Report

        I love your passion Oikee but I didn’t think this incident was that bad. He shouldn’t get suspended because of this and hope his knee is right for Origin.

      • May 8th 2012 @ 8:27am
        Mals said | May 8th 2012 @ 8:27am | ! Report

        Don’t worry Oikee, Dave Taylor got his own back later on with a late hit on Gallen after he had passed the ball. Gallen went down injured for awhile after this one so you could say Taylor won the battle of the cheap shots!

      • May 8th 2012 @ 9:50am
        Renegade said | May 8th 2012 @ 9:50am | ! Report

        If Gallen gets suspended, it’s an absolute joke….the refereeing was pretty poor last night i thought in what was an entertaining match.

        QLD must be licking their lips over this…exactly why Oikee is baying for blood.

        Good to see the other 2 New South Welshmen carving up though – Carney and Inglis both put on masterclasses!

        • May 8th 2012 @ 11:01am
          oikee said | May 8th 2012 @ 11:01am | ! Report

          Well if it wasn’t for the NSW league treating indigernous players like lepers, you might have Inglis playing for you, as it stands i think Queensland could ask Merrit to play on the wing, he would probably say yes as well.
          Come-on NSW, stop treating your indigernous like fools. You have never impressed anyone, and the way you let the game decay and go down the gurgler until the AFL put you on notice is pathetic, pethetic i tell ya.

          I just asked the groundhog how the blues origin team is looking this year, sorry, he said it will be another dark cold long winter again down south. ๐Ÿ™‚
          The only cheap shot was the sharkies trying to use the ref to stop Taylor. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • May 8th 2012 @ 2:28pm
            PLANKO said | May 8th 2012 @ 2:28pm | ! Report

            Mundine was a leper noone wants to touch him still. Even after all these years he is still contagious. Lyons , Daley I think there is some Indig in those 2 Oikee !

            • May 8th 2012 @ 3:33pm
              oikee said | May 8th 2012 @ 3:33pm | ! Report

              Is that it, 2, your glorious past, 2 players.?
              Let me see, we had Artie, Big Mal, Curry, Scott, Backhoe, Renouf, Thurston Friday, Taquiri Hodges Petro Hunt Inglis Lam their is more, but i am running outta Merits(Merrit) sore point their, a Queensland legend if he was born near the border. ๐Ÿ™‚
              Look, the NSW border is basically Queensland. Everyone wants to be a Queenslander, its no secret.
              The indigernous players cant wait to play their first game in Queensland.

              • May 8th 2012 @ 4:21pm
                PLANKO said | May 8th 2012 @ 4:21pm | ! Report

                I have noticed you are completely avoiding my point MUNDINE your not claiming him. LOL there is nothing attractive about QLD. Maybe that is because until they make it in football they can’t afford to leave.

              • May 8th 2012 @ 4:38pm
                Mals said | May 8th 2012 @ 4:38pm | ! Report

                QLD have definitely had more indigenous players than NSW but off the top of my head here are some that played for the Blues:-
                Greg Bird, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Jamal Idris, Timana Tahu, John Ferguson, Laurie Daley, Ricky Walford, Cliffy Lyons, John Simon, Scott Gourley, Ken Nagas, Steve Ella

          • May 8th 2012 @ 10:03pm
            scott said | May 8th 2012 @ 10:03pm | ! Report

            If you’re going to play that card oikee, the least you could do is spell indigenous correctly.

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        May 8th 2012 @ 1:00pm
        The Barry said | May 8th 2012 @ 1:00pm | ! Report

        “try this at home, if someone kicks you in the face your natutal reaction is to grab their leg or foot so they cant kick you.”


        Imagine missus oikee lying on the floor as Oiks demonstrates to the 12 kids the correct kneeing techniques….

        Taylors dog shot from behin on Gallen after he passed the ball was much worse than Gallens accidental knee. Taylors got form and lots of carry over points. He may miss another Origin series….

        • May 8th 2012 @ 2:28pm
          oikee said | May 8th 2012 @ 2:28pm | ! Report

          I have a tawny in my paws, is why i am laughing at your post. Alright, it is funny.
          Yes, good logic, Taylor gets kicked in the face and is suspended. You a welshman by any chance. No wonder the country is going backwards. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • May 8th 2012 @ 4:46pm
            Mango Jack said | May 8th 2012 @ 4:46pm | ! Report

            How dem banjo lessons going, oikee?

    • May 8th 2012 @ 7:43am
      Andy said | May 8th 2012 @ 7:43am | ! Report

      NSW should select Greg Inglis he is in good form and should play for the state he was born and grew up in. It is a joke that he plays for QLD and is the biggest turncoat in history when he does.

      • May 8th 2012 @ 7:52am
        llieno said | May 8th 2012 @ 7:52am | ! Report

        Are we still flogging this dead horse?

        • May 8th 2012 @ 7:54am
          Andy said | May 8th 2012 @ 7:54am | ! Report

          It is not a dead horse at all players should be forced to play for the state they grew up in, or they do not get to play at all. Based on the Inglis situation any player in NSW can jump ship just like any player in Queensland.

          • May 8th 2012 @ 8:05am
            llieno said | May 8th 2012 @ 8:05am | ! Report

            You make it sound as though GI had absolutely no say in who he played for – at the end of the day he chose Qld. Historically, and until quite recently, the rules around player eligibility have been a little vague but surely NSW would not want to select a player that does not want to represent his state.

            I guarantee if he was an ordinary player people in NSW wouldn’t even make mention of him. As it turned out, he’s the complete opposite.

            • May 8th 2012 @ 8:11am
              Andy said | May 8th 2012 @ 8:11am | ! Report

              Greg Inglis can support Queensland but he should be banned from playing for Queensland, when he grew up and was born in NSW.

              • May 8th 2012 @ 11:08am
                oikee said | May 8th 2012 @ 11:08am | ! Report

                You were looking good with your argument until you said any queenslander can jump ship.
                Then you lost credibility and nobody took you seriously. ๐Ÿ™‚
                In other words you went from hero to jokers fool.
                Or, you tried to light the candle from the wrong end, you wanted a piece of string and told someone to pass you the short end. ?
                You turned up to training with long pink slacks on.
                Anyhow, we just stop listening when you mentioned that because everyone knows that will never happen. You see we pick the indigernous players. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • May 8th 2012 @ 8:51am
      Epiquin said | May 8th 2012 @ 8:51am | ! Report

      My concern is that if Gallen is rubbed out, who has got the experience and the leadership quality to captain the blues in his absence? Especially since Gidley and Buderus are goneskis.
      My guess is Luke Lewis would be a certain starter, since he’s the only one with enough games under his belt and a club captain. Will be interesting to see how Sticky picks if Gallen gets some bad news.

      • May 8th 2012 @ 9:11am
        llieno said | May 8th 2012 @ 9:11am | ! Report

        I read today that the Sydney media are talking up Mitchell Pearce to captain NSW… he’s not even good enough to be in the team, let alone captain them.

      • May 8th 2012 @ 10:23am
        Pot Stirrer said | May 8th 2012 @ 10:23am | ! Report

        Surely the next in line for captain will be Luke Lewis

      • May 8th 2012 @ 1:10pm
        Epiquin said | May 8th 2012 @ 1:10pm | ! Report

        We should bring out Hindmarsh and give him the ‘c’. He may be on the way out but at least we’ll be righting the wrong that was made by not picking him when Buderus retired. Besides he might actually instill some passion and the fans and players alike respect him.

    • May 8th 2012 @ 9:09am
      Jeff McGinn said | May 8th 2012 @ 9:09am | ! Report

      I watched the Gallen report incident again this morning, I saw nothing that suggested any wrong doing by Taylor and in my opinion Gallen actually tried to knee him a second time after he made contact with his face!.

      I have been singing this guys praises all year for getting the ‘rubbish’ out of his game, so, I was saddened to see this incident. If the injury doesn’t keep him out of game one, this report will, A much bigger loss to Blues than either Buderus or Gidley, at least this guy was performing and showing plenty ‘heart’.

      Talking of ‘showing some heart’. can the selectors honestly chose Hayne?. (My first pick at full back). he is playing when he wants and doing what he wants. I gotta rethink my selection methods, I got it terribly wrong this year. Could it be that No one wants to be selected for Ricky’s team.. lol

      • May 8th 2012 @ 10:05am
        Gareth said | May 8th 2012 @ 10:05am | ! Report

        I feel exactly the same way. I thought Gallen had put his grub acts behind him to focus on his footy, but then saw him swing a full-blooded kick at the face of Mitch Allgood who was on the ground holding his other leg in the Sharks vs Eels game. There were no mitigating factors – Gallen wanted him to let go, so he tried to kick him square in the chops. It’s like he turns back into his usual f***wit self as soon as the Sharks start playing well enough for him to shake his underdog battler status.

        • May 8th 2012 @ 11:15am
          oikee said | May 8th 2012 @ 11:15am | ! Report

          I also feel for you guys, just when you started to believe, along comes Gallen, listening to his own cheer squad. (the Sydney media, probably that Kent guy who is more joker than reporter) and let you down again, not the first time.

          Look, maybe your bar is set to high. Put it flat on the floor and go from there, even then the nsw league will probably trip over it.

    • May 8th 2012 @ 9:33am
      Jeff McGinn said | May 8th 2012 @ 9:33am | ! Report

      Just remembered The Oikee Conspiracy Theory #432 — “A NSW rep player can not be suspended at Origin time”,

      So Gallen will play, even with his knee cap broken, coz he is that kind of player!.

      • May 8th 2012 @ 3:18pm
        Meesta Cool said | May 8th 2012 @ 3:18pm | ! Report

        Yup , Oikiee’s rule appears to be fact. Gallen got no case to answer for blatantly kneeing, two others suspended for lesser efforts. You got it right again mate. it DOES depend WHO at this time of year…

    • May 8th 2012 @ 9:40am
      Dan said | May 8th 2012 @ 9:40am | ! Report

      Okie for you to say he fooled new south Welshman is wrong because he was VC in the recent test. Also do you actually watch the game with maroon glasses on? Gallen is a superstar if you can’t admit that then you have gone mad!

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      • May 8th 2012 @ 11:24am
        oikee said | May 8th 2012 @ 11:24am | ! Report

        A superstar, hahhaa, thats the funniest thing i have ever heard. Gallen a superstar. Look, and look good, a superstar wins you the game. Now, i cant remember the last time Gallen won anyone a game, maybe Origin 2 last year, so one game.

        Now, compare that to Thurston, game after game after game, Inglis, single handedly can beat you, he did last night.
        Lockyer, Smith, Slater. These are the superstars, not Gallen and his 200 metres a game garbage. The guy is living a fools dream, he makes a mistake in the last 10 minutes and gets punished every time. Queensland cheer when Gallen is playing, they say just go easy for 70 minutes, then walk past slow old Gallen and blow him a kiss on the way past.

        Dont ever, ever mention Gallen and superstar ever again. Your becoming as bad as AFL media, anyone who can catch a ball is a superstar. No, i am not coming into this false superstar player crap. Its bullocks.
        A superstar is a player who can do things no other player can do, and he can do it for 10 seasons.
        The only guy who come close to that just retired, Lockyer. I dont rate any others as superstars yet, they are not old enough, not played enough years, maybe Slater is getting close.
        Gallen, no way, Petro has done exactly the same if not more than Gallen, he dominated Gallen and all the forwards in Origin year after year, same as Price, not either of them are rated superstars.

        • May 8th 2012 @ 11:44am
          Renegade said | May 8th 2012 @ 11:44am | ! Report


          The only way to dignify your comment is by calling you a deadset imbicile….you need to educate yourself on rugby league a bit more.

          Watch a game of rugby league mate and you’ll have an idea of what’s going on….i’m guessing the fact your a queenslander you probably haven’t seen any other team play this year apart from the Broncos on channel 9.

          • May 8th 2012 @ 2:34pm
            oikee said | May 8th 2012 @ 2:34pm | ! Report

            Gallen is actually getting a compliment from me. If you knew anything about rugby league (which i myself are questioning Renegade) dont fall into that trap son, you will look pretty stupid. Take a leaf outta Mals book(the Manly fan on here), he knows, so if you knew anything about rugby league, the players ueenslanders hate the most are the good ones, Joey Johns, Blues legend, O’conner, Legend, Geyer, Legend.
            Ask any Queenslander who we hate, they are the good players, the superstars you might say.

            Again, i say, Gallen is a pain in the perverbial. ๐Ÿ™‚

            • May 8th 2012 @ 4:24pm
              Renegade said | May 8th 2012 @ 4:24pm | ! Report

              Well that makes sense mate and i see your point of view.

              To be honest i can’t really figure out what your saying in half your posts lol and secondly i’m just firing back as a passionate NSWelshmen ๐Ÿ˜‰

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