My issue with the team isn't necessarily about this series but potentially the issues they're creating down the line. Freddy did a wonderful job of stamping his authority on the Blues and there seemed to be a focus on unity and promoting attacking football. The way he's since thrown players under the bus, the favouritism he's shown players like Cleary as well as the double standards for Ferguson suggests there's more behind the scenes and this isn't about building a strong culture.I've had a few days to think about it, and the more I think about it the better the NSW team actually looks. Could it be a stronger side? Yes, but that doesn't make this team a bad one.
Turbo had to be included - he adds massive strike to the side. Ferguson will add some oompf into their kick return.
The default pick of Maloney instead of Pearce works massively in their favour, while he's a defensive liability - he's a calm head and has been there before - if he plays in game 1 I think they go on with the win.
Their bench is excellent and i'd say a fair bit better than ours. Add in Teddy, JAC and Cook and they are dangerous from anywhere on the field.
Question marks on their forward pack and that is probably where we will win the game if we do.
(I think they could have gone with a better prop rotation and bring Turbo in on the wing instead of Cotric would have been a stronger team selection for them, but only marginally)
I don't really buy into this culture change the blues supposedly underwent. IMO, the reality is Freddy came in as blues coach when Qld were in transition (no Smith, Cronk, Thurston, Slater injured for game 1) and at no point have they been under the pump during his coaching tenure. They won g1 in Melbourne and had the upper hand since g2 was in Sydney and traditionally we don't do well there.My issue with the team isn't necessarily about this series but potentially the issues they're creating down the line. Freddy did a wonderful job of stamping his authority on the Blues and there seemed to be a focus on unity and promoting attacking football. The way he's since thrown players under the bus, the favouritism he's shown players like Cleary as well as the double standards for Ferguson suggests there's more behind the scenes and this isn't about building a strong culture.
The decision to drop Latrell Mitchell and the news about the Bulldogs offer smells rotten to me. Who is pulling the strings?
They mentioned him not backing up some line breaks. I didn’t think for a second those players broke the line at all. He wasn’t the only one that was walking back into position. Nsw are toxic.Very good analysis. Watching this it almost looks like he's throwing the game. Some pathetic efforts.
SF the game is, and is not ready here in Perth for inclusion into the NRL.Crowd expected to be 60,000.
I think the NRL are making the wrong choice bringing in a second Brisbane team. Perth is absolutely ready.
A second Brisbane team just screams of playing it safe rather than taking a chance. This game won't grow playing it safe.
What did he say? I’m having trouble accessing news sites at the moment.
That's very different to unconscious and not breathing.“By the time I was able to see him, he was beginning to show signs of the reaction with a skin rash and swelling. I started treatment immediately and he responded quickly.”
I think he will try to over compensate tonight. Unless Jimmy has a blinder. Cleary might try to run it a bit more tonight at the line.I don't think Cleary will crack, but only because he doesn't really do anything anyway. You can't really crack playing as passively as he does.