I think NSW went the right way with picking Maloney. Still think Cleary is useless but he'll benefit far more having Maloney next to him than a rumoured Pearce.
Their forward pack is shit though. Not individually, but as a cohesive pack. That many back-rowers suggests they're going to move the ball around a lot, try to wear us down with mobility. That will only happen though if they get more ball than we do, which means they expect (perhaps rightly so) that the refs will give them a leg-up. We have a lot more toilers in our pack that means if we get any sort of roll-on, their mobility and strike power will mean ****-all, and we'll tear them apart through the middle and then easily isolate Maloney or their out-of-position centres.
I've pretty much gone completely off Cleary. I thought he was still young and developing, and it was impressive how he looked composed at his age...but he has shown nothing since coming into first grade. His running game used to look OK, but it's been missing for a while too. His ball playing is about as threatening as having Maranra on the wing. He's still got 5 years at the Panthers after this year too!
Regarding Latrell, gee I'm glad he's not playing. If he's switched on, he can figuratively kill Chambers, whose defense looked really suspect in Game 1.