TELL US: Who should be the Origin halves and fullbacks for Game 1?

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    State of Origin is just around the corner, and it’s never too early to start arguing about team selections.

    We’ve got resident Roar Expert Mary Konstantonopolous joining us in the offices for this week’s Roar LIVE to try to help us wade through the minefield that is Origin selections.

    While selections have seemed to purely be a problem for New South Wales over the past decade, injuries to the great Greg Inglis and workhorse Matt Scott has meant Maroons selectors will be under the pump a bit as well this year.

    Tell us in the comments who’s impressed you over the first seven rounds of footy and who you’d pick for the crucial first game on May 31.

    Has James Tedesco done enough to keep Tom Trbojevic and Matt Moylan at bay?

    Do the Blues stick with Adam Reynolds, as they did in the first two games last year, or is it time to hand the reigns back to Mitchell Pearce?

    For Queensland, Billy Slater or Darius Boyd – who takes the number one jersey?

    Jonathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk are surely due for a loss soon… right? Is that absolutely nonsensical line of logic enough for you to dump two of the surest things in Origin?

    Let us know!

    Roar Live will be streamed this afternoon at around 5:45pm on The Roar’s Facebook page. It will also be available as a podcast on Soundcloud and iTunes.

    If you could choose from any and every NRL player in the competition, who would you pick in your rugby league dream team? Let us know with our team picker right here, and be sure to share it with all your league-loving mates.

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    • Roar Guru

      April 20th 2017 @ 12:55pm
      Riley Pettigrew said | April 20th 2017 @ 12:55pm | ! Report

      New South Wales Blues – Maloney and Pearce for the halves, Tedesco for fullback.

      1. James Tedesco, 2. Tom Trbojevic, 3. Tyrone Peachey, 4. Joseph Leilua, 5. Jarryd Hayne, 6. James Maloney, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Peter Wallace, 10. Ryan James, 11. Boyd Cordner (c), 12. Tyson Frizell, 13. Wade Graham
      14. Jack Bird, 15. Josh Jackson, 16. David Klemmer, 17. Junior Paulo
      Jake Trbojevic, Shannon Boyd and Andrew Fifita in the extended squad.

      Queensland Maroons – Thurston and Cronk for the halves, Boyd for fullback with Morgan off the bench.

      1. Darius Boyd, 2. Billy Slater, 3. Dane Gagai, 4. Justin O’Neill, 5. Corey Oates, 6. Johnathan Thurston, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Dylan Napa, 9. Cameron Smith (c), 10. Felise Kaufusi, 11. Matt Gillett, 12. Sam Thaiday, 13. Josh McGuire

      14. Michael Morgan, 15. Gavin Cooper, 16. Coen Hess, 17. Josh Papalii
      Ethan Lowe, Daly Cherry-Evans and Anthony Milford in the extended squad.

      • April 20th 2017 @ 1:11pm
        Haradasun said | April 20th 2017 @ 1:11pm | ! Report


        Wallace is an interesting choice. He wouldn’t let anyone down and the cupboard is pretty bare otherwise! Mckinnes would be the other contender. See my last point below but is it possible for the selectors to do something out of the box and play Reynolds or pearce at 9?

        Hope they go with Maloney and Reynolds and would seem the logical choice.

        Re your backrow Riley, you would need a proper middle forward instead of Graham. Klemmer or Jurbo would be my pick and put graham on the edge to terrorize JT. Cordner the other and Frizell to the bench. Otherwise wouldn’t complain with that forward pack.

        I hope that they just dont load up the bench with edge 2nd row forwards. Cordner Jackson, Frizzel, Graham, can all play 80 mins so you dont need 4 of them!

        I think Moylan is FB or nothing. He is a talented footballer but tedesco and Turbo are ahead of him right now. And playing players out of position never ever works.

      • April 20th 2017 @ 1:15pm
        Agent11 said | April 20th 2017 @ 1:15pm | ! Report

        Surely there is someone better than Wallace? I would try J. Reynolds at hooker or Peats.

        • Roar Guru

          April 20th 2017 @ 1:40pm
          Magnus M. Østergaard said | April 20th 2017 @ 1:40pm | ! Report

          Api, Peats or McInnes would really be your most likely options. Jeynolds was touted but there has been murmuring about him having shoulder issues which may not stand up to extra tackling in Origin, so IDK if you want to risk that.

      • April 20th 2017 @ 1:33pm
        JimmyJ said | April 20th 2017 @ 1:33pm | ! Report

        1. Dugan 6. Keary 7. Pearce

        1. Dugan 2. Tedesco 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Michael Jennings 5. James Roberts 6. Keary 7. Mitch Pearce 8. Woods 9. McInnes 10. Tamou 11. Cordner 12. Josh Jackson 13. Frizzell
        14. Jack Bird 15. Wade Graham 16. Dale Finucane 17. Junior Paulo
        Extended Squad-Ryan James, Jack De Belin, Blake Austin

      • April 20th 2017 @ 5:33pm
        The spectator said | April 20th 2017 @ 5:33pm | ! Report

        Tedesco, Hayne and Turbo, where to kick ! Haha

      • Roar Guru

        April 20th 2017 @ 6:39pm
        Cadfael said | April 20th 2017 @ 6:39pm | ! Report

        How many chances has Pearce had? How many winng series has he been involved with. No way should they even consider him. Hayne has no form so shouldn’t be considered. Woods is another with little form.

        The Maroon side looks good but a brave call in playing Slater on the wing but he would go well.

      • April 20th 2017 @ 11:38pm
        Bfc said | April 20th 2017 @ 11:38pm | ! Report

        Therein lies much of the woes of the NSW side…there is little in it when one looks at the backs and forwards, but NSW have not been able to establish a half pairing that can match the consistency of the QLD halves. JT and Cronk in concert with Smith are the best game managers…perhaps the best “trio” ever…
        Boyd will be the Maroons fullback.

    • Roar Guru

      April 20th 2017 @ 1:32pm
      Magnus M. Østergaard said | April 20th 2017 @ 1:32pm | ! Report

      As a QLDer pick Pearce and Keary. As a NSWman pick BBQ and AReyn. Fullback should be Tedesco, or if hes injured, Moylan.

      For QLD, Fullback will be Boyd, halves will be JT and Cronk. If JT is injured, Morgan will come in.

      • April 20th 2017 @ 4:36pm
        rl said | April 20th 2017 @ 4:36pm | ! Report

        agreed re Pearce and Keary (although if they keep picking Pearce it might work out one day).

        agree re Boyd at 1 (but I have a sneaking suspicion that Slater will get to wear the 1, albeit that they two will switch positions during the game)

        • Roar Rookie

          April 21st 2017 @ 11:16am
          William Dalton Davis said | April 21st 2017 @ 11:16am | ! Report

          I believe Slater will play due to the loss of Inglis. Kev won’t want rookie combinations out wide so will have Boyd outside I’m thinking Gagai and on the other side Val-Holmes outside Chambers. Slater has been in pretty good form since coming back so I don’t think we have anything to worry about apart from hoping that shoulder holds up. I can’t imagine how Storm supporters go watching him. My stomach tightens up every time he touches his shoulder.

    • Roar Guru

      April 20th 2017 @ 1:51pm
      PNG Broncos fan88 said | April 20th 2017 @ 1:51pm | ! Report

      Game 1 at Suncorp
      1. D Boyd
      6. C Cronk
      7. DCE (if JT out)
      9. C Smith

      1. J Dugan (only for Game 1 – Teddy for Game 2 at Sydney)
      6. J Maloney
      7. A Reynolds
      9. M Pearce

      • Roar Rookie

        April 20th 2017 @ 2:36pm
        Squidward said | April 20th 2017 @ 2:36pm | ! Report

        Why Dugan g1?

        • Roar Pro

          April 20th 2017 @ 2:46pm
          MrJSquishy said | April 20th 2017 @ 2:46pm | ! Report

          Agreed Squidward. That’s a weird one…

        • Roar Guru

          April 20th 2017 @ 4:19pm
          PNG Broncos fan88 said | April 20th 2017 @ 4:19pm | ! Report

          Will be defensive affair, wont be many points on offer.
          Safest option would be the big bodied Dugan at the back. Teddy 18/19th man in case of training mishaps.

          Teddy to come in when combinations in attack are more free flowing in 2nd game.
          Dugan to hold down a wing/centre spot still. A must in the team, has never let down NSW when in the Blue.

          • Roar Guru

            April 21st 2017 @ 7:34am
            Con Scortis said | April 21st 2017 @ 7:34am | ! Report

            Hi PNG, the Blues selectors have been selecting defensive teams and playing the “safe option” for too long and it simply hasn’t worked.

            We should be more aggressive and pick guys who have more attacking flair. Pick some blokes who can score tries and see if the Maroons can outscore us. Guys like Tede, BJ, Turbo etc.

            If the Blues are to lose by 4, I’d rather see them have a crack and lose 30-26 than lose 8-4.

    • April 20th 2017 @ 1:58pm
      andrew said | April 20th 2017 @ 1:58pm | ! Report

      “State of Origin is just around the corner, and it’s never too early to start arguing about team selections. ”

      a) It is still six weeks away, so not really just around the corner
      b) It can be too early to talk Origin selections
      c) The answer is who ever is playing best in 6 weeks time (okay 5 weeks time).

      • Roar Rookie

        April 20th 2017 @ 2:37pm
        Squidward said | April 20th 2017 @ 2:37pm | ! Report

        It would’ve been quicker to write 3 names

    • Roar Pro

      April 20th 2017 @ 2:44pm
      MrJSquishy said | April 20th 2017 @ 2:44pm | ! Report

      I don’t see the need for too many changes (other than forced) for either team.

      Obviously Matt Scott & Inglis are big losses for QLD, but, in so far as the halves and fullback are concerned, I can’t see any need to change all that much.

      Moylan has a series under his belt and went alright at 5/8 last year. Tedesco is the incumbent and provides much more to NSW game plan at fullback (a big, hard ball runner – Moylan is much more of a ball player). And Maloney is a niggler (a basic NSW game plan) and current premiership half so would have to stay. A bit unlucky for Reynolds, but, in saying that, he may well come in for Moylan (neither players club is going well so they could both even be overlooked).

      For QLD, Boyd or Slater at fullback. Either way the other takes a wing spot. And they can move around during the game anyway. Gagai could come into centre (from the wing) and Valentine Holmes could take another centre spot. Perhaps O’Neill or Chambers should be in the mix too. For the halves, please, please, please don’t go with DCE (don’t even consider him!). Morgan, Cronk and/or Thurston (depending on who’s fit).

    • April 20th 2017 @ 2:54pm
      g said | April 20th 2017 @ 2:54pm | ! Report

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