Hang your heads in shame, New South Wales

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    “We can hold our heads high and be proud.” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing…

    As a rookie captain, Boyd Cordner tried his guts out all series. There is no doubting his effort or passion for the cause.

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    Cordner’s stats of 453 metres from 52 runs and 87 tackles were superb. He led by example, no question.

    However, if he thinks New South Wales should be proud of themselves at the conclusion of the 2017 State of Origin series I suggest that he needs a HIA test ASAP.

    How the hell did New South Wales lose that series? There are no excuses.

    I don’t want to hear any rubbish about Valentine Holmes’ foot supposedly being on the line or his dubious grounding.

    The Blues – rampant winners in Game 1 – had one hand on the shield in the 27th minute of Game 2 when Mitchell Pearce scored and James Maloney subsequently converted.

    Up 16-6, in front of their home crowd, playing a side that featured six players who had two games or less of Origin experience – including four debutants – somehow they found a way to lose the game.

    A team that had the momentum of a runaway train inexplicably stopped dead.

    On Wednesday night, New South Wales were insipid, uninspired, and – for the most part – directionless in losing the decider by 16 points. The only try they scored – and they only scored six points in the last 132 minutes of the series – came off a lottery bomb where Josh Dugan happened to get the better of Holmes.

    It was one of the only moments during the whole night where a New South Wales person beat a Queenslander to anything – apart from Blues supporters heading for the exits and all 17 Blues players to the change rooms after full-time. The Maroons players and fans were too busy celebrating.

    New South Wales have now lost 11 of the last 12 series. They’ve lost the last three straight. That’s the equal second-longest losing streak in Origin history, but because it pales next to eight straight losses we can sort of pass it off as not so bad.

    That’s simply pathetic.

    How we all manage to get so excited each year about the series – that for all intents and purposes has a result that is only slightly less predictable than the result of the Harlem Globetrotters playing the Washington Generals – is one of the most astounding things about the Origin phenomenon over the last decade.

    Boyd Cordner State of Origin NSW Blues NRL Rugby League 2017

    (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

    It’s as lopsided a contest as we’ve seen since St George won 11 premierships in a row.

    Sure, the Queensland side since 2006 have featured a core of legendary players – Darren Lockyer, Cameron Smith, Greg Inglis, Billy Slater, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk – which played a big role in the dominance.

    However, the other big reason is that New South Wales have been just terrible.

    Some years it has been because the team just wasn’t talented enough.
    However, the class of 2017 was dripping with talent.

    Anyone who watched Game 1 knows just how well the side can play. Particularly the forward pack. The raw power and skill of the Blues forwards should have blown their Maroon opposition away. On paper they were miles better and for periods of the 2017 series that paper form materialised on the paddock.

    But then it disappeared. Last night only Cordner, David Klemmer and Jake Trbojevic did their jobs. But it wasn’t close to enough.

    Andrew Fifita, the hero of Game 1, made just 63 metres and missed two tackles, one of which was for the Jarrod Wallace try. Aaron Woods only made 80 metres. In comparison, Tim Glasby, whom the New South Wales press were ridiculing the selection of just weeks ago, made 117 metres and missed zero tackles.

    Who’s laughing now?

    So why did a side dripping with so much potential get pantsed again?
    Simple: leadership. Or more precisely, a lack of leadership.

    Gus Gould said in the post-match coverage, “We just haven’t cultivated a leadership group we can trust to get the job done”.

    Spot on Gus.

    This was particularly brought home this year. That Cordner at the age of 24 (now 25) – who’d only captained his club for half a season and had only six Origin games under his belt – could be considered the best option to captain the Blues was a appalling revelation about the character of the players within the Blues squad.

    Jarryd Hayne, Aaron Woods, Josh Dugan, Mitchell Pearce, Andrew Fifita, Brett Morris and James Maloney all had more Origin experience and more time in the game than Cordner. Yet none were either interested or capable of doing the job.

    There’s your problem.

    When the going got tough for Queensland in Game 2 their players didn’t have to wonder what to do or where to go. Thurston, Smith, Cronk and Slater were constantly directing and encouraging them. They all took leadership roles eagerly and clearly understand the value of strong, decisive and cohesive leadership.

    I’m not sure I’d trust too many of the New South Wales players to look after my cat Eduardo Luis, let alone to captain the side.

    When the going got tough for New South Wales everyone looked around to see who was going to take control. But no one did. Sure, Cordner tried his guts out leading by example. However, that wasn’t enough to get his side back on message.

    Mitchell Pearce of the NSW Blues. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

    (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

    Further, the New South Wales halves failed. Again. They were unable to build any pressure on their opponents and their turnstile defence (Maloney missed nine tackles, Pearce missed eight) was a clear liability that Queensland exploited.

    While Cronk was performing such feats as the amazing pin-point kick to Holmes to score and Munster was breaking the line and providing two try assists, the most noteworthy thing I saw either New South Wales half do was when Maloney ripped Matt Gillett’s shoe off in the 59th minute and threw it into the crowd.

    Maloney has surely had his go now and I think it’s safe to assume that the knives will be out for Pearce. But who have the Blues got to replace them?

    Their best options to take over in the halves are probably 19-year-old Nathan Cleary and his Panthers captain Matt Moylan. However, Gould clearly stated that he didn’t want his young halves going into the New South Wales environment in its current state.

    That is a damning statement.

    Conversely, Queensland’s biggest issue is who out of Cam Munster, Anthony Milford, Michael Morgan, Ben Hunt, Daly Cherry-Evans and Ash Taylor will take the halves spots in the future.

    Contrary to my incredibly premature prediction following Game 1, the Queensland dominance could go on and on. Not just because they’re so good, but because New South Wales are so mediocre.

    Laurie Daley has now had five years in the job and I suspect he may have had enough. One of the Blues’ best ever players and captains, surely this job is taking its toll on him.

    However, who in their right mind would want the job? How do you fix these issues? Who do you pick? Where is your effective leadership coming from?

    Today the only thing that would give New South Wales fans any solace is that Cam Smith is starting to go bald. It’s not much to cling to, but it’s all I’ve got. However, at $30,000 a game Smith has now earned $1,260,000 from his Origin appearances.

    While I admire Cordner for both his great efforts for New South Wales this year and for trying to draw positives during his post-match speech, there is no way that the New South Wales side should be proud of their efforts in this series.

    They totally blew it and they’ve only got themselves to blame.

    If they try to pass that rubbish capitulation off as a worthy attempt they are kidding themselves. It’s one of the worst series defeats I can remember.

    They should hang their heads in shame.

    Tim Gore
    Tim Gore

    Tim has been an NRL statistician for ABC Radio Grandstand since 1999, primarily as part of their Canberra coverage. Tim has loved rugby league since Sterlo was a kid with lots of hair but was cursed with having no personal sporting ability whatsoever. He couldn't take a hit in footy, was a third division soccer player making up numbers, plays off 41 in golf and is possibly the world's worst cricketer ever. He has always been good at arguing the point though and he has a great memory of what happened. Follow Tim on Twitter.

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    • July 13th 2017 @ 4:33am
      Sean said | July 13th 2017 @ 4:33am | ! Report

      Im a Qlder..I was very suprised by the result. I Thought there forward pack would dominate. Your spot on about leadership, they looked ruderless at times. Honestly I believe they were mentally scarred from game 2. Every player didnt turn up…

      • July 13th 2017 @ 6:04am
        Ruckin' Oaf said | July 13th 2017 @ 6:04am | ! Report

        I’m a Qlder and I wasn’t – game 3 of the Origin. Time after time Qld steps up. Time after time NSW don’t.

        • July 13th 2017 @ 2:22pm
          Bert said | July 13th 2017 @ 2:22pm | ! Report

          The people of NSW don’t respect the Queenslanders and believe they have a natural right to be superior. This flows through their media, and their players. Same can be said at the club level where most people in NSW don’t respect Melbourne Storm, and the biased commentary from TV coverage of their games reinforces this with a reluctant acceptance of a “newcomer” Common links between Storm and the Qld Origin team, in both personnel, and commitment. Really annoys the people of NSW.

          • Roar Guru

            July 13th 2017 @ 5:08pm
            The Barry said | July 13th 2017 @ 5:08pm | ! Report

            What a load of tripe…you do realise that with this post you’re exhibiting the exact behaviour you’re accusing an entire state of?

          • July 14th 2017 @ 8:33am
            Jeff dustby said | July 14th 2017 @ 8:33am | ! Report

            Bert, 0/10 forvthst wieful comment
            You must struggle to breathe

          • Roar Rookie

            July 14th 2017 @ 10:45am
            steveng said | July 14th 2017 @ 10:45am | ! Report

            ‘Bert’ that’s the exact reason why we and our media is and does what it does, because of comments like yours!!! This is typical of a Queenslander, you all think that you are living in a different country and your dilutions are limitless!!!

          • Roar Guru

            July 14th 2017 @ 10:49am
            Wayne Lovell said | July 14th 2017 @ 10:49am | ! Report

            This is actually pretty spot on, and the sooner southerners wake up to it the sooner they will be competitive again. I would even go so far as to say the rejection of this comment is further proof of its reality.

            • July 14th 2017 @ 11:50am
              Bert said | July 14th 2017 @ 11:50am | ! Report

              Lets be honest. If NSW had the same dominance Qld have had in the last 10 years they would be screaming about how origin is dead north of the border and we would be changing eligibility rules even further to give them a chance.

              If the situation were reversed Origin would be dead, not just north of the border. It was on life support in 2005 when Queensland lost for the 3rd time running (and 4th running without winning). It depends for its very existence on Queensland dominating.

              • July 14th 2017 @ 5:52pm
                John Erichsen said | July 14th 2017 @ 5:52pm | ! Report

                Lets be really honest… NSW are fortunate to win one series in twelve and you talk of “what might happen if they had won ten in a row… Talk about dreaming!

              • July 14th 2017 @ 6:55pm
                Gray-Hand said | July 14th 2017 @ 6:55pm | ! Report

                origin was as popular as ever in Queensland in 2005. You have no idea what you are talking about.

              • Roar Guru

                July 14th 2017 @ 9:07pm
                Matt H said | July 14th 2017 @ 9:07pm | ! Report

                Absolutely, sell outs every time

              • July 15th 2017 @ 10:46pm
                Larry1950 said | July 15th 2017 @ 10:46pm | ! Report

                It has always been about sending back our own guys to beat us after they were poached with pokie money that laid the foundations for origin, plus the disrespect shown to our state side in the 20 years pre-origin. Us old folks keep the distrust and disdain bubbling.

                Seem to recall Gus talking about finding a way to give SBW or Benji a run in SoO a few years back. NSW has the choice of around 65-70% of eligible SoO players but it’s not all about quantity. Rules have been tightened & more islanders are nominating NZ over Qld/NSW nowadays.
                What I see as a problem is the scholarships from league specialty Sydney schools getting those kiwi kids into nsw eligibility by stealth, with the origin payday now so good. They seem to be the majority of big guys in the game now.
                Why does NSW get to choose players from the ACT when they are practically forced into a NSW country competition, can’t they nominate a preference? Same with NT or WA, if they play in the NSW country comps, they become Blues by default.
                If you want one key reason why NSW have a problem, re-watch the Wade Graham post match interview, here’s a guy who personally changed momentum in both losses saying “that’s footy” without looking in the mirror at his poor discipline.

        • July 13th 2017 @ 3:41pm
          Raugeee said | July 13th 2017 @ 3:41pm | ! Report

          I placed a sizeable bet on QLD winning. I had them at 8 points though. I knew NSW were nowhere near the right mental attitude, but I didn’t think they were as bad as that though. NSW very fortunate not to lose by a further 18 points!

    • July 13th 2017 @ 4:50am
      Albatross said | July 13th 2017 @ 4:50am | ! Report

      The most catastrophic error of judgement the blues were guilty of, not to mention many of their faithful, is believing they actually had one hand on the shield at the 27th minute mark of game 2!

      • July 13th 2017 @ 11:11am
        PeterMc said | July 13th 2017 @ 11:11am | ! Report

        I would like to disagree – I believe they thought they had it won in game one judging by the celebrations between Junior Pearce and son in the changeroom after he left the field concussed!

        • July 13th 2017 @ 11:51am
          jacksyd said | July 13th 2017 @ 11:51am | ! Report

          I saw that too. The game was still in the balance when useless Pearce came off and then NSW scored 3 tries in 15 minutes.
          After 7 failed Origin series Pearce has to go.
          Bloody hopeless.

          • July 13th 2017 @ 7:51pm
            Roger Ramjet said | July 13th 2017 @ 7:51pm | ! Report

            Easy to say that when your not out there- Be good to read a post of your career – mmm you didn’t have one though as what- your weren`t good enough

        • July 13th 2017 @ 6:17pm
          Albatross said | July 13th 2017 @ 6:17pm | ! Report

          You may well have a point there, however I was referring to the article itself.
          Either way.. counting chooks has proven, yet again, to be a mugs game.

    • Roar Pro

      July 13th 2017 @ 4:55am
      J.C. said | July 13th 2017 @ 4:55am | ! Report

      Honestly they choked worse the ln the Geelong Cats in the 2008 grand final. Fifta and Pearce were non existant last night and showed just how little skilled they are, Daley needs to go along with half the team

      • July 13th 2017 @ 5:24am
        AJL. said | July 13th 2017 @ 5:24am | ! Report

        The problem is that there’s no coach available to replace Daley. If Brad Fittler is the best we’ve got we’re completely screwed.

        • Roar Guru

          July 13th 2017 @ 7:26am
          Emcie said | July 13th 2017 @ 7:26am | ! Report

          What’s toovey doing these days?

          • July 13th 2017 @ 7:51am
            BangbangBarry said | July 13th 2017 @ 7:51am | ! Report

            Yes! I like the way you think

          • July 13th 2017 @ 9:14am
            AJL. said | July 13th 2017 @ 9:14am | ! Report

            Coaching Bradford in the UK. Toovey would be my first choice of he was available (although he could probably get a release…)

          • Roar Guru

            July 13th 2017 @ 9:49am
            Hoy said | July 13th 2017 @ 9:49am | ! Report


        • July 13th 2017 @ 11:55am
          jacksyd said | July 13th 2017 @ 11:55am | ! Report

          The problem is if Fittler or Johns take over then their in house rooster chum Pearce will be picked again.
          If the roosters want a premiership this year then priority 1 is dump Pearce ASAP.

      • July 13th 2017 @ 6:17am
        Don said | July 13th 2017 @ 6:17am | ! Report

        Fifita is little skilled. Forgot to watch last years GF or Game 1 did you champ! Queensland won – enjoy your victory but don’t make ridiculous comments of no merit!

        • Roar Pro

          July 13th 2017 @ 9:32am
          J.C. said | July 13th 2017 @ 9:32am | ! Report

          Last years grand final means zip when its Origin time mate, Fifta had little involvement last night and showed like Pearce that he is a three trick pony.

        • Roar Rookie

          July 13th 2017 @ 10:25am
          Don said | July 13th 2017 @ 10:25am | ! Report

          I said in a post after game 1 that with both Fifita and Woods, if you take them low and put them on the deck a few times early in games, they tend to go missing in action.

          When they get some space and are making metres they put their hands up for the ball a lot more.

          I actually think Fifita can be pushed to have more of a “dig” when things aren’t going his way. A good captain should be able to do that with him.
          Woods however has not shown a really significant effort in losing side outside of the Tigers.

          Oh, and I hate how The Roar still allows the same username be used by 2 people…

          • Roar Pro

            July 13th 2017 @ 10:46am
            J.C. said | July 13th 2017 @ 10:46am | ! Report

            Same user name by 2 people what the hell are you talking about??

            • Roar Rookie

              July 13th 2017 @ 10:51am
              Don said | July 13th 2017 @ 10:51am | ! Report

              “Don” posted the comment defending Fifita and I’ve posted my comment in the same thread.
              We both have the same username “Don.”

              The site should not enable new users to register with the same ID as an existing user.

              • Roar Pro

                July 13th 2017 @ 11:07am
                J.C. said | July 13th 2017 @ 11:07am | ! Report

                I understand, have a great day

      • July 13th 2017 @ 3:46pm
        Raugeee said | July 13th 2017 @ 3:46pm | ! Report

        Don’t leave Woods out of your condemnation. If Meninga has him in the Kangaroos squad I’ll be quite upset. England will be no joke in the World Cup, Kiwis also grow another leg in big comps. What ARL/NRL need to do is blood some exciting young NSWelshmen. Ivan Cleary is great example. Get him playing some pool games alongside say ….Moylan. Angus Crichton is exciting, get him in there. Time to get rid of the dead wood. (pun intended) 🙂

      • July 13th 2017 @ 7:05pm
        Simoc said | July 13th 2017 @ 7:05pm | ! Report

        Well I was watching A Woods early and he exhibited close to zero interest and was walking back every time after another average hit up. The Qlders were up for it and he wasn’t.

        This caught on with most of the NSW players. It was a “here we go again” thing. They weren’t up to the challenge.

        Realistically the scoreline flattered NSW. They were hopeless.

    • July 13th 2017 @ 5:05am
      The Spectator said | July 13th 2017 @ 5:05am | ! Report

      Unfortunately for a blip on the radar, they deserved to win a decade straight, oh I feel ?.

      • July 13th 2017 @ 5:29am
        AJL. said | July 13th 2017 @ 5:29am | ! Report

        Imagine if Cooper Cronk didn’t break his arm in 2014. We’d just have seen Qld complete 12 srraight wins with no end in sight.
        Would NSW be able to muster anything resembling a decent crowd for game 1 of 2018, if Qld were about to win a bakers’ dozen straight?
        How long do NSW have until the fans stop caring?

        • July 13th 2017 @ 5:47am
          jeff dustby said | July 13th 2017 @ 5:47am | ! Report

          imagine if….. still might have lost. plenty of players were injured that year

          • July 13th 2017 @ 6:23am
            The Spectator said | July 13th 2017 @ 6:23am | ! Report

            I think Brett Kimmorley may be worth a look to take over Daley. Q’s spine has been better but that’s it, if NSW had a good coach!

          • July 14th 2017 @ 10:10pm
            Gary said | July 14th 2017 @ 10:10pm | ! Report

            I’m a nsw fan and your kidding if you think we’d still have won in 2014 if Cronk didn’t break his arm. Qlds has better playmakers/ better selections and better leaders end of story.
            That’s like people who argue that the Dragons title in 2010 isn’t diluted by the Storm being stripped of competition points. Sure they cheated and deserved it but the Dragons ultimately won a title when the games best talent (Smith/Cronk/Slater) was erased from the equation.

        • July 13th 2017 @ 7:54am
          Mitcher said | July 13th 2017 @ 7:54am | ! Report

          That’s the thing though, interest in NSW seems to grow the more we lose.
          I think the big test with crowds this side of the border will be when the tide finally turns (tell me it will one day!!!).
          I feel like the interest may start to drop off if NSW were to win a few in a row, unlikely as it may seem now.
          Chasing that elusive win seems to fuel the interest.

          • July 13th 2017 @ 9:50am
            Kenw said | July 13th 2017 @ 9:50am | ! Report

            It’s strange but true. I think passion in Origin was at it’s lowest in NSW in the mid-2000’s just before the QLD streak. NSW were on 3 in a row, again, just a handful of years after the last time they were on a run. And the fun was leeching out, it was still a great spectacle but beating up little brother gets old.

            That doesn’t happen as much the other way. Little brother can enjoy beating up big brother for much longer without it getting old. And big brother gets some fuel from having their pride dented which gets the interest back.

          • Roar Guru

            July 13th 2017 @ 11:34am
            Rellum said | July 13th 2017 @ 11:34am | ! Report

            QLD lost 23 straight years leading into Origin, hense to intense dislike of those south of the border. Of course we had the added dislike from all our own players lining up against us.

            • Roar Guru

              July 13th 2017 @ 11:42am
              Emcie said | July 13th 2017 @ 11:42am | ! Report

              And that resentment keeps being fed by the NSW media everytime they win a game (or half a game) so it never just fades away

              • July 13th 2017 @ 4:07pm
                Mitcher said | July 13th 2017 @ 4:07pm | ! Report

                You do know that the NewsCorp stablemates at The Tele and Courier Mail just play their own internal game of one upmanship. Surely you’re not blind enough to actually get riled up as if one side is actually worse than the other. They’re playing with your head. And succeeding it seems.

              • Roar Guru

                July 13th 2017 @ 4:40pm
                Emcie said | July 13th 2017 @ 4:40pm | ! Report

                wasn’t talking personally mate, but lets be honest, most of the league watching public don’t follow the game with the same level of interest as those of us that regularly follow the roar or other sites to discuss the game and they get most of their opinions fed to them by the papers or the footy show.

                Anyway, I was just making the point that those of us that arn’t old enough to relate to the pain and resentment that kicked off the origin concept havn’t exactly been starved for reasons to keep the “hate” alive

            • July 13th 2017 @ 6:13pm
              pioneer said | July 13th 2017 @ 6:13pm | ! Report

              Rellum is demonstrating that Queensland sense of faux nationalism again: it’d be really interesting what might happen if anyone up there got going with a secession movement. Ms Hanson?

              • July 13th 2017 @ 7:44pm
                Bee bee said | July 13th 2017 @ 7:44pm | ! Report

                Qld seceded in 1859 because we were being neglected by the fat cats in Sydney. The establishment down south wouldn’t cough up for basic infrastructure so we requested to govern ourselves.

                Good old Queen Victoria granted us our own colony. In gratitude for her act of mercy we named the state Queensland.

              • July 14th 2017 @ 8:35am
                Jeff dustby said | July 14th 2017 @ 8:35am | ! Report

                You sure they were fat cats?

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                July 13th 2017 @ 8:11pm
                Rellum said | July 13th 2017 @ 8:11pm | ! Report

                You know, before corporation of sport and the rise of franchises, most people who followed sport actually cared if their state won at the various sports. It wasn’t called nationalism, it was just supporting the team from where you came from.

        • July 14th 2017 @ 12:13pm
          Wayne Turner said | July 14th 2017 @ 12:13pm | ! Report

          Don’t forget NSW was also helped by NOT picking Mitchell Pearce in 2014. Next season,I suggest: If Pearce is talked about again for Origin (WHY? His surname,and a known Origin failure).Someone/s take him out for a night on the drink,and help get him into trouble.

    • July 13th 2017 @ 5:46am
      FrozenNorth said | July 13th 2017 @ 5:46am | ! Report

      The series was lost at the 30 minute mark of game 2.

      NSW were dominating but started to go sideways and fancy rather than continue ploughing through the middle. A few minute slater Hayne gets too fancy and bombs a try and it all fell apart from there, BUT it stated just before that, the whole team downed tools and started chucking the ball about.

      • Roar Guru

        July 13th 2017 @ 2:17pm
        jeznez said | July 13th 2017 @ 2:17pm | ! Report

        I’m less worried about how the attack went pear shaped but rather that the defence stopped moving up in that second half of game two and continued from quite early last night.

        The number of times I watched a passive defensive line wait for the Maroons to run at them was infuriating.

        For all this talk about the supposedly superior pack the Blues have, all stats seem to measure is number of hit ups, meters carried and number of tackles.

        Those measures completely ignore whether the tackle was made allowing the opposition to run at you while sitting back and giving them time, compared to racing up, shutting down their time and space and getting a decent shot on.

        All the chat about playmakers and structures is relevant but of secondary importance compared to a static defensive line.

        Cronk, Smith, Slater etc are all great players but they look even better when you give them time.

    • July 13th 2017 @ 5:47am
      jeff dustby said | July 13th 2017 @ 5:47am | ! Report

      agree on the main Tim but

      “It’s as lopsided a contest as we’ve seen since St George won 11 premierships in a row” you cant compare a 12 team comp with origin

      “Tim Glasby, whom the New South Wales press were ridiculing the selection of just weeks ago, made 117 metres”

      yes, very poor metres by Fafita and Woods (great metres by the NSw bench including 140 for Klemmer) Napa and Wallace only made 80 and 60 metres themselves and most of Glasby runs was from a loose ball not legitimate hit ups.

      What was most most concerning was Smith made 105 metres with ease and he is not even quick

      • Roar Guru

        July 13th 2017 @ 7:30am
        Magnus M. Østergaard said | July 13th 2017 @ 7:30am | ! Report

        Nathan Peats made just 3m compared to Smiths 105. Id say around 40 of Glasbys metres came from that run, so he still ha d a decent enough output of 77m from 7 runs. The bench of Papalii Hess and Glasby all made 10m + per run.

      • July 13th 2017 @ 11:07am
        Martin Millard said | July 13th 2017 @ 11:07am | ! Report

        Fifita didn’t make metres because his first instinct is to drift sideways before straightening. QLD figured it out after he had some success in game 1 and adjusted.

        They spoke openly about how they were going to target his legs to stop him, and Fifita just didn’t adjust his running style to accommodate their adjustment.

        He is 120kg of speed, power, and aggression. NSW desperately needed him to line up his hit ups from the back fence and surge forwards. Yet he still moved sideways. He needs to take a leaf out of Klemmer’s book and drop the flashy rubbish

        • Roar Guru

          July 13th 2017 @ 2:07pm
          The Barry said | July 13th 2017 @ 2:07pm | ! Report

          Good call Martin.

          I’m a fan of Fifita’s but he definitely has a tendency to crab sideways looking for space when there’s a wall in front of him. Guys like Klemmer and Jurbo just fly into the wall and Fifita is at his best when he’s doing the same.

          • July 14th 2017 @ 9:38am
            johnthedragon said | July 14th 2017 @ 9:38am | ! Report

            Again because QLD moved up in defense and shut down NSW, yet NSW stayed back in defence allowing QLD attackers to make lots of meters. We kept saying and hoping that ‘this must be a deliberate tactic, surely?!’ But it wasn’t it was just pure lazy or unfit players. The coach, traines and they players should all be very ashamed for that pathetic performance, it was worse than a team coming last on the ladder.

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