Brad Fittler has always been a bit quirky, and this week was no different with seven changes to a NSW side that went down by just four points in the series opener.
Here’s my take on the side for Game Two over in Perth.
1. James Tedesco
The best fullback in the world and has a well manscaped beard so how could you not pick him?
2. Blake Ferguson
A bizarre selection given Fergy’s penchant for howlers. Could score a spectacular try, including a backflip or somersault thing, but could easily let in three and make five errors. Not the player you want in a must-win game.
3. Tom Trbojevic
Was always going to come straight back in and running for over 300 metres on Sunday certainly has him in good touch. I’d prefer him on the wing with Josh Morris at centre.
4. Jack Wighton
Another wacky selection. He’s made a great fist of five-eighth in 2019, and has just a week to learn how to play centre in a must-win game. Strange decision and it could prove costly.
5. Josh Addo-Carr
The fastest man on the planet picks himself.
6. James Maloney
Kicked a winning field goal but has been out of form for much of 2019.
7. Nathan Cleary
See above, sans field goal.
8. Daniel Saifiti
Didn’t see this one coming at all, but there’s not a lot of NSW props left that are in form. Good luck to him.
9. Damien Cook
Has great speed out of dummy-half, but is only effective behind a dominant pack.
10. Paul Vaughan
A solid pick and he won’t let anyone down. There is talk of starting him from the bench, which would be a mistake.
11. Boyd Cordner (c)
Runs hard, but that’s about it. If he wasn’t captain he might struggle to make the side.
12. Tyson Frizell
Hard-running back-rower but hasn’t quite recaptured his 2016 days. Brings plenty of aggression.
13. Jake Trbojevic
If Vaughan is benched this is the guy that would move to prop, which would be an odd decision. Good solid player that gets the job done.
14. Dale Finucane
Should have been there for Game One instead of that pretender Angus Crichton. Made for Origin.
15. Tariq Sims
Brings aggression, but hasn’t been in great form at club level. Not playing badly, but not great either. Another bizarre Freddy selection.
16. Cameron Murray
Not sure what he brings to the side, and NSW are light on for props. Needs to have a big game.
17. Wade Graham
Made a successful comeback from a knee injury and, like Sims, will add plenty of grunt from the bench. Has a decent grubber in him.