VOTE Darius Boyd vs Billy Slater

Who should be the Maroons fullback for Game II

  • Billy Slater

  • Darius Boyd

  • Other

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Big Pete

International Captain
When Kevin Walters announced the Maroons Squad for Game I, he famously got emotional when he revealed that Billy Slater had failed to make the team. Returning from a career threatening shoulder injury, the mass media were convinced the legendary fullback would be a shoe-in for the spot, only for Kevie to favour the Australian and Origin incumbent.

Do you guys think he should backflip heading into Game II and go with Slater?

Personally, I feel like Slater's Origin career is over and save for an injury he should focus all his efforts on club football. I believe Boyd should be allowed to hold his role in the team and next season the Maroons should look to bring either Cameron Munster or Valentine Holmes for the fullback role, with Boyd competing for a wing position.

I will say if Kevie does look to bring some more strike to the fullback role, that he doesn't give Boyd the wing spot. I'd much rather see a wing pairing of Oates/Holmes than Boyd/Holmes or Oates/Boyd.

Super Freak

International Captain
No, Boyd should stay at fullback.

I'm in favour of putting Slater on the bench and do what we did in 2008 which was successful.

It could still work if done right.


BRL Player
Boyd to centre to replace O'Neil.
Slater to fullback and hopefully he retires from rep footy after a series win this year!


International Rep
If there's a few things I can say about Slater, it's that he still has a much faster reaction time than any other player in the game. This paired with the way he accelerates off the mark is just incredible. He's one of the most competitive players in the NRL too, and definitely has a much better running game than Boyd. I'm pretty sure they are going to bring him into the side, especially after the way O'Neill played. I agree with Pete that we should be looking at Munster or Holmes as a fullback option in the very near future though.


BRL Player
We won last year without him. Dropping Boyd and selecting slater is something NSW would do. Reactionary and ridiculous.
We had Inglis and the year before that Hodges.
We need Slater for this one last series.
Then look to blood Holmes next year.


State of Origin Rep
The loss had nothing to do with our backs (well Oniell was bad).

Boyd was good and has runs on the board and Gagai and Oates have been two of our best on the wing since the start of the last series. We'd have to move two players from their best positions to accomodate a bloke held together by strapping tape. I don't know what the answer to our centre position problem is, but Gagai has proved he's enormously effective on the wing, and shouldn't be moved.

Mr Fourex

State of Origin Rep
We won last year without him. Dropping Boyd and selecting slater is something NSW would do. Reactionary and ridiculous.
I certainly wouldn't drop Boyd, but he was ineffective last night in the way he plays a fullbacks role. Being a link man out wide means **** all when the ball isn't getting out there. Middle of the ground was where all the space was and that's where Slater does come into his own. The kick that Smith put in for Cronk would have been gobbled up by Slater.....

That said, if Gagai moves into the centres and Thurston is back, Boyd would have opportunity to do what he does best in creating the overlap with his outside backs. At least with Gagai, in comparison with fucken Justin Oneil, he has something to work with.

I still don't see what's wrong with Slater on the wing....wingers roam all over the place. He can inject himself into the game whenever and wherever he wants. A piece of his x-factor last night, could have kept us in the game.

1. Boyd
2. Slater
3. Chambers
4. Gagai
5. Oats
6. Thurston
7. Cronk


QCup Player
Sunshine Coast
I was one who thought Slater was well past his best the last couple of seasons he played before getting injured but I think the time off has done him the world of good.
I have watched a fair bit of him since his return and he seems to have his mojo back. He's fast and has his agility back. If he goes well the next couple of weeks for the Storm he has to be seriously considered.
We can worry about next year next year. This year we need a big turnaround from last night and some spark from the back.
It will be interesting to see if Slater does any good with Smith out assuming he doesn't play this weekend against the Knights.
Having said all that it means nothing if our forwards get towelled again like they did last night.

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