Missed field goal not to blame for Blues defeat

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    In what will only twist the knife for NSW fans, Blues assistant Nathan Brown has revealed Trent Hodkinson hardly missed in field goal practise ahead of the State of Origin opener.

    However, Brown said Josh Dugan’s much maligned missed field goal had distracted critics from what really went wrong for NSW in last week’s 11-10 Origin I loss to Queensland.

    The knives were out for the Blues after captain Robbie Farah inexplicably overlooked halfback Hodkinson and threw the ball to Dugan in field goal position with Queensland ahead 11-10 in Origin I’s dying moments.

    History shows Dugan sprayed his shot wide as Hodkinson looked on helplessly, putting Queensland in the box seat to reclaim the Origin trophy.

    Brown insisted they had practised field goals at training ahead of Origin I – and that Hodkinson had rarely missed.

    “They certainly did and Hodgo kicked the goal at training too on a number of occasions as he generally does,” Brown told NRL HQ on the NRL website.

    “Unfortunately he didn’t get the ball on this occasion which he was in a nice position to.

    “And you’d back him with his track record if he got the ball he’d kick the field goal.

    “I thought Duges’ attempt off the cuff under pressure was a fair crack.”

    However, Brown said critics should not pin the loss on Dugan’s failed attempt.

    “We can’t mask what was the worst part of NSW’s performance and that was turning over cheap possession and cheap penalties which allowed them to be under a lot of pressure,” he said.

    “If we had done better in that area the field goal wouldn’t have been as important because I feel we could have scored another try.

    “So the field goal has probably taken the heat away from where NSW let themselves down a little.”

    Hodkinson is under pressure to keep his spot for Origin II in Melbourne on June 17.

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    • Roar Guru

      June 2nd 2015 @ 7:46am
      Jay C said | June 2nd 2015 @ 7:46am | ! Report

      Queensland are the better team. QUEENSLANDERs are better at Rugby League. That’s why we won 8 in a row. And that’s why we won in Sydney. New South Welshman have no respect for blue jumper. They are too busy not understanding what passion is.

      • June 2nd 2015 @ 8:09am
        V.O.R. said | June 2nd 2015 @ 8:09am | ! Report

        The passion, mateship and commitment of Queenslander’s has long been tempered in the fires of adversity. At the point where the Blues lose (ALL) their best talent to Queensland (not just Ingles) and are humiliated for decade upon decade, only then will they appreciate the current reckoning. Until then, talk of new Blue era of dominance is just that……talk.

        > Paul Hogan famously told a Queensland Rugby League gathering in 1977 that “every time Queensland produces a good footballer, he finishes up being processed through a New South Wales poker machine.”

      • Roar Guru

        June 2nd 2015 @ 10:06am
        Wayne Lovell said | June 2nd 2015 @ 10:06am | ! Report

        Jay can I copy this post and use it… everywhere!?

        • Roar Guru

          June 2nd 2015 @ 10:09am
          Jay C said | June 2nd 2015 @ 10:09am | ! Report

          Spread the word to all who will listen If they won’t listen they must not understand Origin.

      • Roar Guru

        June 2nd 2015 @ 11:25am
        Renegade said | June 2nd 2015 @ 11:25am | ! Report

        Once the current spine retire…. this so called passion is going to disappear.

        Big Mal said it in 06 “death of origin is upon us”…. that’s what we’ll be hearing from the two-heads, none of this BS about passion.

        • June 2nd 2015 @ 11:34am
          V.O.R. said | June 2nd 2015 @ 11:34am | ! Report

          Said like a true New South Welshman…thank you for the reitteration.

        • June 2nd 2015 @ 12:09pm
          Brett said | June 2nd 2015 @ 12:09pm | ! Report

          QLD’s future spine of McCullough/Segyaro + DCE/Hunt + Morgan/Milford + Inglis/Boyd will outshine any rotating spine NSW produces.

          • June 2nd 2015 @ 12:36pm
            V.O.R. said | June 2nd 2015 @ 12:36pm | ! Report

            McCullough, Friend & Segyaro all in mid twenties. Morgs (23 y.o.) will be a permanent Qld & Australian 5/8. A strong SOO spine in a couple of years would be:

            Inglis (FB), DCE (HB), Morgan (5/8), McCullough (HK)

            Not too shabby. Hunt, Milford and the 21 y.o Australian Schoolboy Kane Elgey in the wings.

            • June 2nd 2015 @ 4:23pm
              Jara W said | June 2nd 2015 @ 4:23pm | ! Report

              Cronk and JT have some legs left in them. If the Broncos halves keep improving the way they are QLD might well be able to skip the DCE/MM progression and cut straight to another 10 year partnership. Unfortunately I think they might run a year or two late.

        • June 3rd 2015 @ 12:27am
          V.O.R. said | June 3rd 2015 @ 12:27am | ! Report

          The unbridled and erroneous use of quotes to prove a point that can’t be made otherwise. Gotta love it. Yes it was ’06 but Mal did not say that…far too poetic for the big fella.

    • June 2nd 2015 @ 8:43am
      The eye said | June 2nd 2015 @ 8:43am | ! Report

      Wonder if theres any relationship between winning SOO and a Qld side not winning the TRUE prize of rugby league in this country..the premiership… for nigh on a decade..especially since they have ‘all the best players’

      Looks like ANOTHER all Sydney GF again this year,how embarrassing for the north and the home of….’all the best players’..how much more of this can a Bronco bear ?

      Synchronize watches for the annual post Origin Bronco collapse..

      • June 2nd 2015 @ 8:55am
        V.O.R. said | June 2nd 2015 @ 8:55am | ! Report

        No-one said anything about having ‘all the best players’…who are you quoting?…it is how these talented sportsmen unite into a collective that is driven by the same narrative. NSW narrative doesn’t seem to be worth the paper it is written on…we know it does involve head coach going with tail between legs to Archer to complain about how tough Origin football has become. Wonder what Beau Scott thanks about it all. Did Laurie Daley write ‘No Fear’ on the Blues whiteboard pre-match? Maybe he should take his own advice. He might as well tie blue ribbons in your boys hair for game 2.

        Not sure which comp you are watching this year Eye…Broncs, NQ and Melb all in the top 4. Time for a lay down mate.

      • June 2nd 2015 @ 1:48pm
        matth said | June 2nd 2015 @ 1:48pm | ! Report

        That would be because the QLD spine has played for Melbourne for a decade. And they won a few, despite the asterisks.

        • June 2nd 2015 @ 2:57pm
          The eye said | June 2nd 2015 @ 2:57pm | ! Report

          Exactly a NSW coach taught them everything they know

          • June 2nd 2015 @ 7:11pm
            Brett said | June 2nd 2015 @ 7:11pm | ! Report

            Too bad he couldn’t translate his coaching success in origin.

            7 Losses – 2 Wins

            • June 2nd 2015 @ 7:49pm
              The eye said | June 2nd 2015 @ 7:49pm | ! Report

              Dont think its keeping him awake at night.

    • June 2nd 2015 @ 9:21am
      The eye said | June 2nd 2015 @ 9:21am | ! Report

      Seriously,Jay C wrote the all the best players and..its been edited out ? Patrick,tell me I’m not dreaming…
      As for top 4 in May..well,thats a good gauge for your premiership winner in September..

      • June 2nd 2015 @ 9:39am
        V.O.R. said | June 2nd 2015 @ 9:39am | ! Report

        I’m guessing that’s sarcasm. Pretty sure all premiership winners in the last 5 years or so…perhaps longer, have come from the top 4 teams after 12 rounds. So if you’re not being sarcastic then I agree and the stats do as well. This year could be the exception however. 😉

        • June 2nd 2015 @ 10:34am
          The eye said | June 2nd 2015 @ 10:34am | ! Report

          Just one more thing VOR before I lie down..the team sheet said Cooper Cronk played last night..did you get a sighting ?
          Luckily the team didnt need him…oh,wait

          • June 2nd 2015 @ 10:55am
            V.O.R. said | June 2nd 2015 @ 10:55am | ! Report

            Why am I getting flashbacks from the schoolyard? Enjoy your rest.

      • Roar Guru

        June 2nd 2015 @ 9:54am
        Jay C said | June 2nd 2015 @ 9:54am | ! Report

        Tell him he’s dreaming

    • June 2nd 2015 @ 9:50am
      maximillian said | June 2nd 2015 @ 9:50am | ! Report

      I don’t blame Dugan for that missed fg at all. He wasn’t the player that was supposed to receive the ball in that situation. Farah passed it to the wrong player twice so he’s the 1 I find most culpable.

      I hope Daley opts for a utility on the bench so Farah can get a 20 minute spell on the bench if required. He looked tired out there & I thought QLD’s game plan to run a lot of traffic in his direction was well executed.

    • June 2nd 2015 @ 11:34am
      Wishy Workhorse said | June 2nd 2015 @ 11:34am | ! Report

      Possible Game 2 side for NSW

      1. Dugan
      2. Morris
      3. Morris
      4. Jennings
      5. Richards (rumours starting)
      6. Pearce
      7. Hodkinson
      8. Woods
      9. Farrah
      10. Tamou
      11. Hoffman
      12. Scott
      13. Gallen

      14. Klemmer
      15. Merrin
      16. Jackson
      17. Austin

      18. Frizell
      19. Wighton

      • June 2nd 2015 @ 11:48am
        V.O.R. said | June 2nd 2015 @ 11:48am | ! Report

        – I’d have Frizell in the run on. That is something QLD selectors would have no problem doing.
        – Yep and Tupou has got to go. The rumours you mention may have something to do with Tupou’s bad defensive read in game 1.
        – Farrah won’t be missed. Go youth. Cam Smith was 20 y.o. on his QLD debut
        – I’d have Grub before Austin. The guy is made for Origin. NSW need his involvement.
        – Gallen is a gamble.

      • Roar Guru

        June 2nd 2015 @ 12:25pm
        Jackson Henry said | June 2nd 2015 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

        – Peats / Rein at hooker. Complemented by Luke Lewis at lock and captain – experience in the middle of the field where Peats / Rein also defends.

        – Tamou, Fifita, Merrin and Klemmer as the middle-third rotation. Hopefully Fifita’s strengths can outweigh his weaknesses…some of which were on display over the weekend. Personally, I’m a big fan tho.

        – The least worst halves combo available: Pearce and Maloney. Yeah, its a crap suggestion. I just dunno who else.

        – Brett Stewart at fullback. Ticks the most boxes out of all the available options. I know Dugan has his fans, I’m defintiely not one of them. I’ll take the demonstrated ability to capitalise on a three-on-two over a perceived advantage in kick-return metres. If Dugan had played mroe than a few games there, he’d probably be the right wing. But he hasn’t. So he isn’t.

        – Jackson stays. Find a place for Frizell.

        • June 2nd 2015 @ 12:55pm
          V.O.R. said | June 2nd 2015 @ 12:55pm | ! Report

          Hey JH…Stewart has that touch of class in attack. His positional play in defence is also far superior to Dugan. I want to know who he has upset. As a QLD supporter I am glad he is being overlooked….he gives me the heebeegeebees like E.T. used to. Dangerous.

    • June 2nd 2015 @ 12:13pm
      Jara W said | June 2nd 2015 @ 12:13pm | ! Report

      Ah Grub…

      I think we all need to remind ourselves every now and then that this idiot spear tackled himself to have a shot at winning a regular season game.

      Get that lunatic back in the team!!

      • June 2nd 2015 @ 12:40pm
        V.O.R. said | June 2nd 2015 @ 12:40pm | ! Report

        Ha, ha… when all else is lost….

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