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Haha. Got me! Maybe without scoring a point? Interesting stat though. I do remember two nil games. And back in the day Eric Simms would pot two point field goals regularly. Anyway. Rewrite. “This qld team has got a lot of points in them and nsw hasn’t.”

NSW Origin II team: Maguire wields axe to shake up Blues squad with five changes

Take away Latrell at his best and who is there who can match the qld backs? If Walsh, the Hammer, Coates or Cobbo get their nose past a defender in the line, and they will, it’s hard to see who could actually run down any one of them. The Blues forwards are a bit monochrome in talent as well as uniform. At least Hudson Young had a bit of attacking flair. We all know defence wins games but no one has ever won a game without scoring a try.

NSW Origin II team: Maguire wields axe to shake up Blues squad with five changes

Yes. In a movie they would show it in slo mo. With a tragic score playing. The futility of struggle.

'Do you think we're trying to lose at home?' Stuart fumes as Cowboys' spine wreaks havoc on embarrassing Raiders

The defence stats are telling Cam. But I can’t get past their attack in the 20m zone. They get there and it’s like they’ve suddenly found themselves on a different planet, disoriented and clueless and pointlessly running into the same space until someone drops the ball or the six has expired. It’s not the halves’ fault. Strange looks like he’s still lucid and Weekes barely gets the ball in his hands.

'Do you think we're trying to lose at home?' Stuart fumes as Cowboys' spine wreaks havoc on embarrassing Raiders

Thanks I thought it was just me and my primitive digital (as in finger) skills.

JOHN CONNOLLY: 'It's a disgrace that the Rebels were set up to fail from day one'

I don’t follow rugby close enough to know why it’s ailing in Australia. Many many years ago I loved watching grainy black and white vision of the five nations on the ABC. I still remember the sweeping backline plays of the French team and the names Jean Pierre Rives and Serge Blanco and the glorious singing from the Welsh football stadium. At some point in time watching the sport I decided it was boring. There was a lot of kicking. A lot of games decided by field goals worth too many points to justify the effort required in their execution and earned through nit picking penalties. But most of all it seemed like a game whose life was being choked out of it by the referees. Some looked like they were convinced the crowd had come to admire their virtuosity in resetting scrums. I stopped watching some time ago. Maybe it’s the rose coloured glasses but there was something about rugby back in the day that isn’t there now. Or maybe it was just the black and white grainy tv images and nostalgia.

JOHN CONNOLLY: 'It's a disgrace that the Rebels were set up to fail from day one'

Sad and difficult to say but NSW hasn’t got an attacking team to match them or a defensive team to catch them.

Time will Trell: Why Mitchell is a tantalising pick for Origin II - but not replacing Suaalii at centre

Thanks Nat. Get Pollyanna to explain it all to you next time you’re sharing little lunch. And Noel no one is disputing the outcome of the coffee case. And you’ll have to agree with me that the duty of care not to leave a snail in a drink bottle (Donoghue and Stevenson who could forget) is the same duty of care driving reforms in contact sports all over the world. You’ll also agree I’m sure that voluntary assumption of risk is an ongoing issue in the law of wrongs. For a more complete picture look at what’s happening in the NFL. No one wants people to get assaulted on a sporting field but everyone who goes onto a rugby league field knows that getting hammered by super fit athletes is going to carry a risk of accidental injury. The issue here is where you draw the line as a referee not only to protect players but to also to honour the nature of the contest without turning into something not worth going to. Have a word with Nat will you.

It's rugby league, not the Thunderdome: You're a substandard human if you think Suaalii should've avoided send-off

You can lecture me about torts law when you get your law degree Nat. If you think we’re drinking lukewarm coffee and sending people off the field for accidental contact because of altruism you can go and sit with Pollyanna in the playground.

It's rugby league, not the Thunderdome: You're a substandard human if you think Suaalii should've avoided send-off

We live in an age where you can’t get a hot cup of coffee in a cafe. The baristas, a bs description for someone who makes you a drink in a shop, have to pretend that luke warm coffee tastes better. It doesn’t. The reason the coffee isn’t hot is that someone once successfully sued a coffee shop when the heated drink burnt the customer who spilt it. The hand wringing about concussion hasn’t got anything to do with welfare. It’s about litigation and what that means for the sport. Everything we do when we wake up in the morning can be a risk. Being born is a risk. Whether we want to take that risk after we grow up is a personal choice. Totally ruining the spectacle of a major sporting event when other options are available so as to avoid litigation by arguing you addressed a foreseeable risk is ridiculous for the spectator, the sport and person who plays it. There are other options to sending someone off for an accident. And for the record I ask for my coffee to be hot and tell them I’m happy to take the risk if it falls in my lap. (I’m waiting for my vanilla milk shake to be made by a milk artista )

It's rugby league, not the Thunderdome: You're a substandard human if you think Suaalii should've avoided send-off

Substandard human? Pillocks? Cromagnons? You’re getting a little shrill there Tim. Not to mention sanctimonious. And condescending, hyperbolic and danerously close to popping a rivet. Perhaps you should go and bother the Grand Prix crowd, or the free climbers, or cliff divers, or the UFC or the boxing fraternity or cyclists or any one of the other pursuits where participants are happy to exercise their birthright to take whatever risks they want to with their own bodies. And those that watch them who are happy to let them do it and pay for the privilege of watching them as well as of complaining and opining and making stupid comments, will be happy to let you enjoy the privilege of doing it.

It's rugby league, not the Thunderdome: You're a substandard human if you think Suaalii should've avoided send-off

Cobbo is a disadvantage? I get your point. But Walsh was cleared later but couldn’t go on again because the of some rule one of many I’ve lost track of. If the action is a premeditated assault a la Les Boyd march the perpetrator by all means. But everyone agrees there was no malice in this one. On the same logic you may as well send off anyone who causes a knee injury for a legs tackle. A dog knows the difference between being tripped over and being kicked. One can’t be helped the other carries culpability. Let’s recognise the difference.

'Toughest thing': Suaalii's send-off regret, Madge arcs up at Thurston's 'target' claim, Myles' f-bomb sledge revealed

We live in an age where you can’t get a hot cup of coffee in a cafe. The baristas, a bs description for someone who serves you a drink in a shop, have to pretend that luke warm coffee tastes better. It doesn’t. The reason the coffee isn’t hot is that someone once successfully sued a coffee shop when the heated drink burnt the customer who spilt it. The hand wringing about concussion hasn’t got anything to do with welfare. It’s about litigation and what that means for the sport. Everything we do when we wake up in the morning can be a risk. Being born is a risk. Whether we want to take that risk after we grow up is a personal choice. Totally ruining the spectacle of a major sporting event when other options are available so as to avoid litigation is ridiculous for the spectator, the sport and person who plays it. There are other options to sending someone off for an accident. And for the record I ask for my coffee to be hot and tell them I’m happy to take the risk if it falls in my lap.

'Toughest thing': Suaalii's send-off regret, Madge arcs up at Thurston's 'target' claim, Myles' f-bomb sledge revealed

Agree about the commentary. Thank goodness we have Fox commentary as an alternative for the weekly matches. Former players don’t necessarily make good commentators. Johns and Fittler sometimes sound so affectely complacent that you wonder if they think they are doing you a favour by turning up at all. Someone once said about Gould that he thinks he put the air in the football. Well he’s entitled to sound like he knows what he’s talking about but he doesn’t have to act as if he’s the only one in the world that does. Give me Ginnane, Smith and Voss any day. They get as excited as their viewers do and they add to the game instead of diminishing it.

Five and a Kick: Blue who's 'made for Origin', Tedesco teaser, and what happened with Jurbo?

I don’t think nsw has anyone who can match them in the backs. Turbo, Latrell and Addo-carr at their fastest and best maybe. Someone like Savage might be fast enough to run down a break away but he’s too raw at this stage. It’ll take a master plan beyond anything Maguire is capable of (NZ beat us I know but then there was the Tigers..). But I seriously thing that’s a once in a generation backline for sheer attacking brilliance and Slater is the perfect coach for it.

Maguire fumes at ref over send-off call but Suaalii cops HUGE ban for horrendous hit as Hammer hat-trick nails record win

Take out the send off hoo haa and even allowing for the gap in the nsw defence, my take away from this game is that QLD backline. Wow, wow, wow. Cobbo Coates Holmes and the Hammer all in one team! And then throw in Walsh when he’s better! The speed and athleticism in that line up has not been seen before EVER. And it’s Cherry-Evans and Dearden, as good as they were, who were made to look even better by the talent outside them. NSW will never match this back line in this series. The answer to a win lies elsewhere and unfortunately it’s not going to come from Maguire. He’s just a good coach. NSW will need something a bit more than the simple plan evident in his game one selections.

Maguire fumes at ref over send-off call but Suaalii cops HUGE ban for horrendous hit as Hammer hat-trick nails record win

Raiders will ‘squirm’ to their wins like venal politicians but parra will ‘surge’ and ‘mow down’? Nice article Paul but I’m guessing your postcode isn’t in the provinces.

NRL Power Rankings: Round 13 - Eels surge back into playoff equation, Cowboys regain their mojo, dark night for Knights

Beetson was too old. Langer was too English and too jet lagged. And Johns was too recently injured. None of it mattered. They had games which became part of Origin folklore. Give big talent a big stage and big things happen. Edwards is young and will have his day to shine. But looks like Tedesco was always meant to be in this game.

Blues make heartbreaking Edwards call for Origin 1 with Tedesco reclaiming fullback spot

There are so many speedsters in the NRL it takes something special to catch your eye. Walsh’s acceleration into the backline for example raises eyebrows. Weekes’ speed off the mark to score that try last night was jaw dropping. It would be good to see more of it once he settles in.

Bennett takes dig at Annesley after Rapana breaks field goal duck as Raiders sink Dolphins in controversial thriller

Tough win by gritty raiders team. Nothing exceptional about the refereeing other than the fact that it’s Bennett griping. All those border line calls happen every week and the aggrieved are always on the losing side. Another game or two for Strange and Weekes and a bit more confidence in Savage might see the Raiders occasionally put away the battering ram and structure some imaginative plays around these young stars. But you can’t argue with a win.

Bennett takes dig at Annesley after Rapana breaks field goal duck as Raiders sink Dolphins in controversial thriller

Don’t get the hate on Luai thing. All I see is a young man enjoying his success with a bit of fun and exuberance. Roger Federer’s classy modesty is commendable but I’d instantly switch over to listen to Muhammad Ali instead. Luai isn’t Ali but he’s done enough to be allowed to strut his stuff off the field. Hope he has a big game but take out his elusiveness and Haas’ power runs and there’s not much there to match QLD’s attacking potential particularly in their backline.

It's time for Luai to stand up and clearly prove he can be the main man for Blues in Origin

Beetson Langer Johns and Inglis each had games that became part of Origin folklore when they were past their peak. Origin is primarily about spectacle. All the hype about winning and losing and the media driven breast beating about coaches and selections when one or the other loses would be of no interest to anyone if they were run of the mill games. It’s about the drama of the event itself. The best players of their generation play with and against equally credentialled opposition. I want to see Latrell play because he has the chance to redeem himself with an up yours performance on the big stage that will go down in origin history. Tedesco is a champion in decline. But he would give everything on the Origin stage because that ‘s what happens in origin and we all get excited about things like that. We don’t excited about boring defence driven tactically conservative teams and unimaginative wars of attrition. It ‘s origin. I’ll pretend I care about who wins, but I want to see something memorable. The Qld team has some of the most exciting attacking talent in its backline that we’ve seen. Latrell and Tedesco belong on that field with them.

Bold ambition: Maguire's right to take risks with new-look Blues squad - there’s no second-guessing in Origin

Is there going to be a try in there somewhere Cam? Will we be hoping QLD gets bored watching this predictable procession of dull dumb and dumber and start nodding off. Billy Slater’s backs are anything but predictable. That’s what makes them worth watching and why Qld will win.

Bold ambition: Maguire's right to take risks with new-look Blues squad - there’s no second-guessing in Origin

I get your point about risk with the new faces. But it’s a team of grinders designed to minimise chances of losing. Take Luai out of the frequent ball handlers and Payne out of the heavy artillery and it looks to me like a pretty anodyne attack.

Bold ambition: Maguire's right to take risks with new-look Blues squad - there’s no second-guessing in Origin

Pity Giddey couldn’t have been cleared before having to endure the abuse and if it’s the reason his game was off it’s been unfair on the kid. I think he’s worth more than 8 million particularly to a team that needs a ball player with his court vision. If OKC don’t want him I hope he finds a home where he can fulfil his potential.

Giddey relieved investigation is now over but Thunder future unclear with Aussie guard looming as likely trade option

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