Origin teams on current form

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    Given that Boyd Cordner and Cameron Smith were recently promoting this year’s State Of Origin series, it seems a good time to talk teams.

    Who are the form players after the first five weeks of the competition? Who would be picked if the teams were decided on real form at this present moment?

    I have some surprises and have ignored reputations.


    Fullback – Tom Trbojevic (Manly)
    Almost went with Corey Thompson who has been a surprise packet for the Tigers with speed and positional play. James Tedesco has had an average start to the year with dropped balls and minimal involvement.

    Wingers – Blake Ferguson (Roosters) and Josh Addo-Carr (Storm)
    Ferguson has run the most metres in the competition and approaches the defence like he’s going to break through everytime.

    Addo-Carr is electric and his speed off the mark is unmatched. I’;m forgiving his brain snap against Tigers. Young Nick Cotric from the Raiders will be in the team next year.

    Centres – Euan Aitkin (Dragons) and Jimmy ‘The Jet’ Roberts (Broncos)
    Both are dangerous attacking players with fire in their bellies. Latrell Mitchell just misses out because of his error rate and Brian Kelly from Manly is also on the shortlist.

    Five-eighth – Blake Green (Warriors)
    He won’t be over-awed by the Origin atmosphere and he’s calmly running the Warriors. Outstanding performances every week and really stood up when Johnson was injured last week.

    Halfback – James Maloney (Panthers)
    Maloney is a winner and he’s potentially the first player picked. Not to mention his kicking game. If Nathan Cleary was available, he’d be the half and then Green would probably miss out.

    James Maloney of the Panthers

    (AAP Image/Michael Chambers)

    Lock – Jack De Belin (Dragons)
    He’s been on the cusp for a few years and is ready for his turn. Brings aggression and power to the team. Hasn’t lost anything since shaving off the menacing beard.

    Second-rowers – Tyson Frizell (Dragons) and Jake Trbojevic (Manly)
    Both of these guys won’t let you down. I’d move Trbojevic to prop in the 20th minute. A key omission is Boyd Cordner who hasn’t started well and may be carrying an injury.

    Props – Paul Vaughan (Dragons) and Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Panthers)
    Their form is outstanding, highlighted by bullocking runs, stiff defence and handy off-loads. They’ll match the Maroons in the hectic opening stages. Russell Packer is a Kiwi, otherwise he’d be there.

    Hooker – Api Koroisau (Manly)
    Speedy and crafty hooker who offers great service to his ball-runners plus energy in attack and defence.

    Luke Lewis (Sharks)
    Tyrone Peachey (Panthers)
    Dale Finnucane (Storm)
    Isaah Yeo (Panthers)


    Fullback – Billy Slater (Storm)
    Still a champion with speed and smarts.

    Billy Slater

    (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

    Wingers – Corey Oates (Broncos) and Dane Gagai (Rabbits)
    Oats is a hard man for anyone to tackle while Gagai is elusive and knows how to find the try line. Both have done well with limited opportunities on offer from their struggling sides.

    Centres – Will Chambers (Storm) and Cameron Munster (Storm)
    Both are dangerous attacking players who can cause the Blues plenty of problems.

    Five-eighth – Ben Hunt (Dragons)
    Creative player who beats Michael Morgan to the spot as the North Queensland Cowboy hasn’t fired since returning from injury.

    Halfback – Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly)
    Cherry-Evans gets his chance on the back of his dominant displays for Manly.

    Lock – Matt Gillett (Broncos)
    Superb player who shines every week in all aspects of the game. Great defender too.

    Second-rowers – Coen Hess (Cowboys) and Alex Glenn (Broncos)
    Great defenders and line runners. Hess has white line fever, often managing to score a try through his brute strength.

    Props – Matt Scott (Cowboys) and Josh McGuire (Broncos)
    Queensland don’t have great depth in the props so I had to settle for these guys, who haven’t had the best 2018, but they’ll do the job.

    Hooker – Cameron Smith (Storm)
    He’s the captain of the team and still knows how to dominate a game.

    Jai Arrow (Titans)
    Dylan Napa (Roosters)
    Gavin Cooper (Cowboys)
    Anthony Milford (Broncos)

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    • Roar Guru

      April 10th 2018 @ 9:20am
      Andrew Jackson said | April 10th 2018 @ 9:20am | ! Report

      Very brave choices Jay! As a Penrith fan I definitely agree that Isaah Yeo would not look out of place in a sky blue jersey at all. Tyrone Peachey, however, is a defensive liability and runs sideways too much so I would put Wade Graham in his spot as he is just as versatile and creative but even more of a hard runner.

      • April 10th 2018 @ 1:09pm
        Jay Ross said | April 10th 2018 @ 1:09pm | ! Report

        Thanks for your comments MrX.

        I strongly considered Wade Graham, but he’d only get in the team on his reputation.

        I’ve seen the Sharks games this year, and he is not standing up at all.

        Having said that, Freddy will probably stick with him.

      • April 10th 2018 @ 4:08pm
        664 neighbour of the beast said | April 10th 2018 @ 4:08pm | ! Report

        Can Tyrone Peachey pass the ball? its glued to his hands and boy does he know how to kill an overlap…

    • April 10th 2018 @ 9:54am
      menzie said | April 10th 2018 @ 9:54am | ! Report

      Isn’t Alex Glen a kiwi?

      • April 10th 2018 @ 10:13am
        Jaime O'Donnell said | April 10th 2018 @ 10:13am | ! Report

        Yes but that’s in Queensland!!!

      • April 10th 2018 @ 10:45am
        Jay Ross said | April 10th 2018 @ 10:45am | ! Report

        You’re absolutely right Menzie.

        I’d replace him with Tim Glasby from the Storm.

      • Roar Rookie

        April 10th 2018 @ 11:35am
        steveng said | April 10th 2018 @ 11:35am | ! Report

        Not if he plays for the Maroons, they are all Queenslanders it doesn’t matter where they were born, never ever will lol

        • April 10th 2018 @ 12:04pm
          Jay Ross said | April 10th 2018 @ 12:04pm | ! Report

          Good comment steveng.

          How can we ever forget the song ‘Where is…that’s in Queensland’.

          • Roar Guru

            April 10th 2018 @ 1:03pm
            Nat said | April 10th 2018 @ 1:03pm | ! Report

            Pot and kettle boys. That song you refer too “Where is the trophy, that’s in Queensland”

            • April 10th 2018 @ 1:09pm
              Jay Ross said | April 10th 2018 @ 1:09pm | ! Report

              Very true.

              But for how much longer?

        • April 10th 2018 @ 10:21pm
          madrid john said | April 10th 2018 @ 10:21pm | ! Report

          Ummm and James Tamou, Junior kiwi rep? He definitely puts the New Zealand in NSW.

          • April 11th 2018 @ 8:19pm
            Radradra said | April 11th 2018 @ 8:19pm | ! Report

            Tamou won’t make it this year, so it doesn’t matter where he’s from!!

      • April 10th 2018 @ 1:46pm
        Albo said | April 10th 2018 @ 1:46pm | ! Report

        He is captain of the Cook Islands !
        Which is close enough to Stradbroke Island …………which makes him a Queenslander !

        • Roar Guru

          April 10th 2018 @ 5:21pm
          Matt H said | April 10th 2018 @ 5:21pm | ! Report

          I see your Cook Islands and raise you James Tamou, Peter Sterling and Steve Rogers.

    • April 10th 2018 @ 10:03am
      Duncan Smith said | April 10th 2018 @ 10:03am | ! Report

      On form, your back five for Qld all come from teams with a 2 out of 5 record this year. Their forwards come from the same teams plus Cowboys, who are going even worse. I’m not if this team is really picked on form.

      Ben Hunt is the only player in your Qld team coming from a team who is in form.

      • April 10th 2018 @ 12:02pm
        Jay Ross said | April 10th 2018 @ 12:02pm | ! Report

        Thanks for your comments Duncan.

        The issue is lack of depth for Qld – who replaces the old guard??

        Ponga would make it on current form, now that it’s been confirmed that he’s a Qld’er.

    • April 10th 2018 @ 10:04am
      RandyM said | April 10th 2018 @ 10:04am | ! Report

      Not a bad NSW team.

      I don’t like Ferguson though and I think Luke Keary has to be the 6.

      • April 10th 2018 @ 10:48am
        Jay Ross said | April 10th 2018 @ 10:48am | ! Report

        Thanks for your comments RandyM.

        Not many people like Ferguson, but if you look at his play this year he’s in career-best form.

        He has the most metres of any player and he is lethal with attacking bombs.

        Apparently he’s off the beer too.

        • April 10th 2018 @ 1:18pm
          TheTruthShallSetYeFree said | April 10th 2018 @ 1:18pm | ! Report

          Fergo converted to Islam like 5 years ago so you would assume he has been off the can since then.

          • April 10th 2018 @ 2:06pm
            Jay Ross said | April 10th 2018 @ 2:06pm | ! Report

            Unfortunately he hasn’t been ‘off the can’.

            In fact, in October last year he had a session with Paul Carter (expelled Rooster) and got warned by the Roosters and his wife.

        • April 10th 2018 @ 2:05pm
          DNZ said | April 10th 2018 @ 2:05pm | ! Report

          Yeah easy to dislike the guy but he has been outstanding this year. Hard to leave him out unfortunately.

          • April 10th 2018 @ 5:20pm
            Roosterbooster said | April 10th 2018 @ 5:20pm | ! Report

            Fargo’s done enough to stay in. I think he was there last year.

            • Roar Rookie

              April 12th 2018 @ 12:44pm
              Bunney said | April 12th 2018 @ 12:44pm | ! Report

              He was, and he got showed up. His defensive positional play was awful.
              Qld will be happy to see him there again.

    • Roar Guru

      April 10th 2018 @ 10:48am
      BA Sports said | April 10th 2018 @ 10:48am | ! Report

      I am not a Storm hater, but if it is “on form”, then Ponga is playing better than Slater
      and Nene MacDonald would be on the wing for QLD, not Oates.

      But you are not sucking me into Origin talk after 5 weeks…

      • April 10th 2018 @ 10:51am
        Jay Ross said | April 10th 2018 @ 10:51am | ! Report

        I think I already have 🙂

        Nene McDonald is on the cusp if he’s eligible. He did represent PNG recently.

        Is Ponga definitely a Queenslander? He was born in Port Hedland Western Australia.

        • Roar Guru

          April 10th 2018 @ 11:00am
          Emcie said | April 10th 2018 @ 11:00am | ! Report

          Ponga has aligned himself to QLD, he was eligable for both QLD and NZ -https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/turning-back-on-new-zealand-for-queensland-a-nobrainer-for-kayln-ponga-20180127-h0p6t7.html

          • April 10th 2018 @ 12:03pm
            Jay Ross said | April 10th 2018 @ 12:03pm | ! Report

            Thanks Emcie, I’ve learnt something today.

            Qld will be happy Ponga is aligned to them – they’re going to need him in the not too distant future.

        • Roar Guru

          April 10th 2018 @ 11:17am
          BA Sports said | April 10th 2018 @ 11:17am | ! Report

          MacDonald – Junior club Brothers in Cairns
          Ponga – Junior Club Southern Subs in Mackay

          More QLD than the “Hibiscus Coast” in Auckland

          • April 10th 2018 @ 11:41am
            Jay Ross said | April 10th 2018 @ 11:41am | ! Report

            That’s a shame for NSW.

            Ponga could start a new Qld dynasty.

      • Roar Rookie

        April 10th 2018 @ 11:25am
        Joe said | April 10th 2018 @ 11:25am | ! Report

        Agreed BA, and I”m a Storm fan. Ponga is the best on form. I’d even have question marks over Cam Smith but for the fact there really is no one else…maybe Friend? Nene has to be the best performing QLD winger by a mile. I also don’t think Josh Ado-Carr has done enough to warrant a place.

        • April 10th 2018 @ 1:19pm
          TheTruthShallSetYeFree said | April 10th 2018 @ 1:19pm | ! Report

          Friend has been terrible with a lot of basics as of the last 12 or so months. I would take Macca over him at this point.

          • April 10th 2018 @ 2:07pm
            Jay Ross said | April 10th 2018 @ 2:07pm | ! Report

            Thanks for your comments.

            I totally agree.

        • April 12th 2018 @ 4:24pm
          Maroon_Eyed said | April 12th 2018 @ 4:24pm | ! Report

          Question marks over Cam Smith for QLD team?

          I got question marks over you

    • Roar Guru

      April 10th 2018 @ 11:03am
      Emcie said | April 10th 2018 @ 11:03am | ! Report

      Hunt at 5/8? Brave having a guy swap possitions and debut in the halves in the one game

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