Queensland won five series in a row without a Parker off-load.I thought one of the biggest glaring differences last night was the lack of second phase play by us, we took Parker's elite off-loading for granted at state level, he was monumental for our attack.
McGuire, Napa, Myles, Lillyman, Gillett all failed to make a single off-load last night, that's unacceptable. In comparison, Woods & Fifita made 5 between them, all instrumental in getting them on the front foot, often leading directly to a try. If there's one thing we need to work on big time leading up to next game, it's that, second phase play is arguably the most important aspect of attack in Origin.
Yeah I agree. Only needs tweaking. We were competing for that first half with a few blokes that are way past their time. They only run for about 150m more.I think if we shut down Fifita we win this game.
When Fifita went off for a HIA, NSW had nothing. They were having a lot of trouble coming out of their end and we were getting a roll on and getting over the top of them despite NSW having a bigger pack, which they've always had by the way.
Once Fifita came back on, that's when NSW got over the top of us.
I think people are hitting the panic buttons a bit too much.
McGuire never looks to do anything other than a one out hit up. It's usually a wasted tackle 4 option as well. I guess people just wanted to see what else he had to offer once he moved to lock.I get sick of reading about McGuire's lack of offload. No one else offloads either, would just the lock offloading make a difference? Only Parker in his prime might. It's not like NSW had an offloading lock either - Jackson played there. I guess someone should tell Fifita he's playing in the wrong position too.
Yeah, but how is that any different to our other forwards? Besides, if they dont want him running on the 4th, dont pass it to him then.McGuire never looks to do anything other than a one out hit up. It's usually a wasted tackle 4 option as well. I guess people just wanted to see what else he had to offer once he moved to lock.
Had to post this article just for the O'Neill "derping it up" photo.QUEENSLAND’S State of Origin fightback must start with defence after their tally of 51 missed tackles on Wednesday was revealed as the most by a Maroons side since 2010.
Fox Sports Stats says Origin I was the 10th time a Queensland side have missed 50 or more tackles in 109 Origin matches.
The Maroons missed 45 in the first two games combined last year, so controlling the NSW ballrunners better is the first step to winning in Sydney.
Justin O’Neill’s demise from the Game Two selection will be hastened when the selectors learn he missed eight tackles, the equal most in the game along with NSW five-eighth James Maloney.
Jarryd Hayne gets past Justin O’Neill, who missed eight tackles in Origin I.
In-form Matt Gillett must strike back in Origin II after missing a tackle in the first two NSW tries and six overall, while effecting 39 tackles.
Possible selection panel victim Nate Myles missed one tackle in his 32-minute stint, but it was on Andrew Fifita to spark the first NSW try, by Maloney.
Blues fullback James Tedesco made 13 tackle busts and Fifita seven, a high number for an Origin prop.
Maroons utility Michael Morgan made 14 of his 20 tackle attempts.