2024 State of Origin discussion

Super Freak

Super Freak

International Captain
Forum Staff
Jan 25, 2014
41,954
31,015
I'm just not sure how Fifita isn't there. He could cover middle for short stints and can break the game open on the edge. And he's miles ahead of Capes and Kaufusi...
Perplexing

Probably not so perplexing.

Fifita is better than both of them, but they both have a better work ethic than Fifita. One thing Capewell and Kaufusi have in common is that they will work hard off the ball, as well. Fifita has a tendency to not do that.

That's always been Fifita's biggest flaw, his work ethic. That's improved a bit this year but still needs more work. Slater has seen something he doesn't like.
 
Foordy

Foordy

International Captain
Contributor
Mar 4, 2008
33,972
40,128
Ponga is an interesting selection. Wonder if Billy is running out of patience with walsh.
Why would he be.

He was very good in his first two origins last year ... Then got cheap shot out of the game in his 3rd origin.

In his 4th game, our pack was completely dominated and we were on the back foot all game. Being a former fullback I have no doubt Billy knows that you can't judge a fullback under those circumstances.

Besides there was speculation before game one that Billy planned to select both Walsh and Ponga, but then Ponga got injured
 
Professor47

Professor47

NRL Player
Mar 5, 2008
1,610
46
I just don't get Capewell > Fifita.

I understand why NOT picking Fifita originally, but to select Capewell > Fifita doesn't make sense to me ... especially since he kept Kafusi as well.

Just my 2 cents, hopefully Capewell goes out and has a blinder!
 
Mr Fourex

Mr Fourex

State of Origin Captain
Contributor
Apr 9, 2012
11,675
12,965
Ponga is an interesting selection. Wonder if Billy is running out of patience with walsh.

Patience??

....whats he had
1 game that he's lasted the distance before being rubbed out of the game?
 
Manofoneway

Manofoneway

NRL Player
May 22, 2022
1,616
4,177
Patience??

....whats he had
1 game that he's lasted the distance before being rubbed out of the game?
Exactly. With Walsh's popularity among fans I bet QLD will be forced to pick him as the FB every year. Given this is an exhibition he will bring alot more viewers than Ponga.
 
BroncsFan

BroncsFan

International Captain
Contributor
Jul 28, 2016
21,365
31,341
Why would he be.

He was very good in his first two origins last year ... Then got cheap shot out of the game in his 3rd origin.

In his 4th game, our pack was completely dominated and we were on the back foot all game. Being a former fullback I have no doubt Billy knows that you can't judge a fullback under those circumstances.

Besides there was speculation before game one that Billy planned to select both Walsh and Ponga, but then Ponga got injured
Not to mention that his 4th game was on the back of 7mins of footy in over a month and also on the back of a disrupted season to date.

Reece has not had consistent footy this year, especially compared to last year's series... between rounds 12 to 20, for the origin period, he will have played more origin games than NRL games and that assumes he backs up in Rd 20, which I think he will.
 
Mustafur

Mustafur

State of Origin Captain
Contributor
Jun 13, 2019
9,394
13,652
Outside the Capewell choice It's not bad.

That said if Billy was fine to not have Holmes for Goal kicking stocks I don't know why Cobbo didn't replace him the whole series.
 
winslow_wong

winslow_wong

International Captain
May 27, 2013
22,699
21,556
Patience??

....whats he had
1 game that he's lasted the distance before being rubbed out of the game?
Sua had a poor game 2 and has been dropped. I have a feeling slater isn’t going to adhere to the pick and stick mentality of past series’. If walsh is having a poor game he will get hooked for Ponga.
 
JayPee

JayPee

NRL Captain
Mar 16, 2017
4,587
2,350
I will give Billy this. I have watched all his pressers this year and this one he was much more relaxed and succinct in his points. Not just rambling like a politician with cliches galore. Didn't get rattled at all.
 
Foordy

Foordy

International Captain
Contributor
Mar 4, 2008
33,972
40,128
Sua had a poor game 2 and has been dropped. I have a feeling slater isn’t going to adhere to the pick and stick mentality of past series’. If walsh is having a poor game he will get hooked for Ponga.

I get that you want Walsh back for the Broncos, but don't get your hopes up, he won't get hooked or dropped anytime soon.

In fact the only way Walsh will not play Origin is injury or suspension
 
winslow_wong

winslow_wong

International Captain
May 27, 2013
22,699
21,556
I get that you want Walsh back for the Broncos, but don't get your hopes up, he won't get hooked or dropped anytime soon.

In fact the only way Walsh will not play Origin is injury or suspension
I feel like Ponga is just more well rounded at this stage of Walsh’s career. More calm and better defensively which is more suited for origin. Ponga is definitely not at his peak this season though.
 
Lostboy

Lostboy

BRL Player
Feb 21, 2024
40
53
I feel like Ponga is just more well rounded at this stage of Walsh’s career. More calm and better defensively which is more suited for origin. Ponga is definitely not at his peak this season though.
What about if Walsh has mental issues like Cobbo?
 
broncos4life

broncos4life

International Captain
Forum Staff
Oct 5, 2011
25,564
26,132
For mine Fifita’s omission is all character based. Clearly Billy or someone in the selection room has questions about his character because based on our forward depth and his footy alone he should be in there.

TBF in his relatively short career so far he has displayed plenty of character concerns so you can’t blame them.
 
Mick_Hancock

Mick_Hancock

NRL Player
Feb 26, 2023
1,424
3,588
I get that you want Walsh back for the Broncos, but don't get your hopes up, he won't get hooked or dropped anytime soon.

In fact the only way Walsh will not play Origin is injury or suspension
This. Sadly, you’re right. He’s young, exciting and gets the kids into the game. He could be absolutely poo and QLD selectors would still be forced to pick him.
 
Mick_Hancock

Mick_Hancock

NRL Player
Feb 26, 2023
1,424
3,588
On the Piakura into to the extended squad?! I love it! He gets to hang out with the best, learn watch and most importantly, see how they train (effort etc). Then he gets to play against St George, is that correct?
 
Mick_Hancock

Mick_Hancock

NRL Player
Feb 26, 2023
1,424
3,588
For mine Fifita’s omission is all character based. Clearly Billy or someone in the selection room has questions about his character because based on our forward depth and his footy alone he should be in there.

TBF in his relatively short career so far he has displayed plenty of character concerns so you can’t blame them.
💯 this. Billy doesn’t seem like a bloke who would want to put up with shit. He was also a very hard worker a d trainer from what I heard. The reality is, Fifita is like an upgraded TPJ. Game breaker, weapon and could easily be one of the best ever.
But….
Is also a silly, lazy, fade in and out of games c*nt. Why would you want a bloke like that in your team?
Would you rather a Cotter/Patty type of player or Fifi/TPJ? Exactly.
 

Active Now

  • OXY-351
  • Mr Fourex
  • davidp
  • Manofoneway
  • Howie
  • Lostboy
  • bb_gun
  • Skyblues87
  • Culhwch
  • Broncs1459
  • azza.79
  • Xzei
  • Santa
  • TwoLeftFeet
  • Tristan1990
  • TimWhatley
  • mitch222
... and 7 more.
Top
  AdBlock Message
Please consider adding BHQ to your Adblock Whitelist. We do our best to make sure it doesn't affect your experience on the website, and the funds help us pay server and software costs.