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Yeah both are solid fullback options but I’d argue Holmes is possibly more dangerous on the wing, he’s scored something like 8 tries in 5 games there and is always a chance of getting an intercept. In 2018 QLD only scored 8 tries the whole series and at least 2 of those were off a Holmes intercept

Maroons make three team changes for Origin 3 as Blues go unchanged

I’m thinking Bennett might pull a last minute switch with Holmes and Allen, naming him on the wing removes a lot of the spotlight in the build-up

Maroons make three team changes for Origin 3 as Blues go unchanged

Two from Brisbane Wests, Robert Tanielu and Semi Tadulala had pretty short careers with the Storm, both used to be good value to watch in Q Cup, Tadulala went on to have a pretty decent career in England

The forgotten players: Melbourne Storm

Fair win to the Blues but the lack of action on Frizell’s aerial hit on Munster was pretty poor. Frizell had zero chance of getting the ball and had eyes only for Munster. I doubt it would have changed the outcome in this game but if Munster is ruled out of game 3 it will substantially lengthen the odds of a Qld win

Cleary, Tedesco masterclasses lead Blues to Origin 2 demolition win

I think we have to be cautious about labeling competitions stronger or weaker. If we compare the old NSWRL to the current NRL, the current professional and ‘National’ competition is hands down the stronger article. But this doesn’t mean we aren’t going to count what players did pre-NRL. Anyone playing pre-1980 never tasted Origin which is the highest level of the sport, but no one is challenging Churchill, Raper or Messenger’s greatness here. Mr Right, you argue that Wally ‘decided’ to stay in a weaker comp but again this point is contentious – Wally was signed up to play for Manly but the QRL blocked the deal from going ahead. Fact is, in the comps that Wally did play in, club level, England, Origin, test football, he managed to beat beat all-comers

Do titles matter to the GOAT?

Yeah that goes for the English comps as well, the English league was equal if not stronger than the Sydney comp for much of its existence, it’s a bit of an injustice that players like Brian Bevan with 757 tries in 670 games barely even get a look in to immortals debates

Do titles matter to the GOAT?

Shearer had a stellar Origin career, probably doesn’t get the wraps he deserves

Six talking points from State of Origin 1

Such a shame for Brimson, had an absolute blinder in Origin 1. For all the talk about Queensland’s lack of depth we’ve now got Brimson, Allen, Ponga and Holmes vying for the fullback spot in 2021

Maroons dealt massive blow with Brimson ruled out of Origin series

Boyd managed 17 tries in 28 Origins, even if quite a few of them came off playing outside of Inglis you don’t rack up that many by accident. I don’t have a stat on try assists but I would imagine he’s got quite a few there too. If we’re talking club form Sailor ahead of Boyd hands down, but I don’t think Sailor ever quite reached his potential at Origin level. His one try was also punctuated by a number of poor defensive reads and could be occasionally shaky under the high ball

Six talking points from State of Origin 1

DCE also had a cracker of a game, great to see him running the ball to the line, looks like the 5 weeks off did him some good, probably his best game for QLD, only blemish was missing a conversion from in front but made up for it with two pressure kicks from the sideline, not bad for a bloke who hasn’t kicked regularly for a while

Six talking points from State of Origin 1

Gagai was outstanding, at halftime they announced the best of Origin best of sides with Sailor getting a wing spot for QLD, I think Gagai could now mount a pretty solid case to get it ahead of Sailor

Six talking points from State of Origin 1

Truth be told I didn’t get to see much of Rambo and have him in there more on reputation than anything else. I always thought of him as a Manly player but I believe he ended up playing more games for the Coast than anyone else

Gold Coast's greatest NRL team

As I said, slim pickings, Goddard is probably the only one that makes the Titans squad

Gold Coast's greatest NRL team

It’s slim pickings but this is the best I could come up with for the pre-Titans iterations of The Giants/Seagulls/Chargers using the author’s selection criteria:

1. Andrew King
2. Brendan Hurst
3. Jason Nicol
4. Ron Gibbs
5. Danny Peacock
6. Chris Orr
7. Wes Patten
8. Michael Searle
9. Jamie Goddard
10. Chris Nahi
11. Terry Cook
12. Brett Horsnell
13. Jeremy Schloss

Gold Coast's greatest NRL team

One of the issues I see for Qld is the lack of a recognised goalkicker. While the Blues have Clesry, Qld’s got a couple of part-timers in Gagai, Munster and DCE, can only hope they’ve got enough tries in them for a win

REVEALED: NSW Blues and Queensland Maroons teams for State of Origin 1

I’d take this side over the ’95 one. In terms of form players, you’ve got 5 coming off a premiership win, 7 from top 4 sides and then Friend, Collins from the Roosters, then you throw in the 3 Titans who are on a 5 game winning run. Hunt, Hess and DCE are probably the only 3 out of form here, whereas the ’95 side was padded out with Crushers/Seagulls players who’d hardly won a game all year at the point, a rookie halfback in Lam and a winger-cum-5/8 in Shearer for game 1

REVEALED: NSW Blues and Queensland Maroons teams for State of Origin 1

Coates over Allen on the wing is an interesting one, Allen’s been in some solid form, could suggest Bennett thinks there are points in bombing to Coates’s wing to use his aerial prowess, wonder if giving Allen a break against a fresher Coates played a factor here too

REVEALED: NSW Blues and Queensland Maroons teams for State of Origin 1

I like a lot of what PVL brings to the NRL but his constant AFL baiting reminds me of the dark knight from Monty Python’s Holy Grail – lost the ratings by 1 mil, merely a flesh wound. Qlders won’t forget the fact that the AFL gf was held in Brisbane before the NRL’ was, I mean, the unwillingness of the NSWRL to host a gf in Brisbane was in part the catalyst for the Super League War, and (as a Qlder) I can willingly admit that Qld fans can be a bit of a fickle bunch when their team’s not winning, so if the Broncos have another lean season and the Lions keep on their winning ways there could be more than a few who jump ship, so he probably needs to tread a bit more carefully there

What I learned from the weekend's grand finals

True, forgot about Branko. Either way with Munster, Gagai, Brimson and Allan they should have some points in them

Five more players added to Queensland Origin squad

So at this stage the side could shape up as:
1. Allen
2. Coates/Holmes (from game 2)
3. Brimson
4. Gagai
5. Lee
6. Munster
7. DCE
8. Papalii
9. Grant
10. Welch
11. Kaufusi
12. Su’A
13. Arrow

14. Hunt
15. Fotuaika
16. Tino
17. Carrigan
Should be more than at least competitive

Five more players added to Queensland Origin squad

Yeah Carne’s another one but I think he was really on his last legs by then, his ankle was meant to be pretty shot. Lachlan Maranta’s another one but hardly what you’d call a star signing

Brisbane's greatest NRL team

😂 that’s captain material right there

Brisbane's greatest NRL team

Has to be Walter’s ahead of Hodgson for mine. Hodgson’s a great player but there’s a reason so much success follows Walter’s – 5 gf’s for 3 wins. He was also pretty clear cut number 1 hooker in the game from most of the early nineties, Hodgson can’t claim that mantle at least until Smith retires

Canberra's greatest NRL team

Gee they’ve lost some big players in their prime to the rivals codes over the years, probably more so than any other club in the NRL era – Sailor, Tiqiri, Thorn, Ryan, Folau, Hunt – half an Origin team right there

Brisbane's greatest NRL team

Totally overlooked Tiqiri, he’d have to be in over Tate on the wing. Would have to find a spot for Campion too

Brisbane's greatest NRL team