State of Origin Rep
Staggs and Opacic have been at Dolphins since juniors.Apart from Ryse Martin, and an ageing Greg Eastwood, the Bulldogs NRL players are in the main bit part fill ins, much like most of the Redcliffe NRL players. To me I don't see much difference in quality, but I feel like the NSW clubs get an advantage by being the same club as their NRL team. This means that their systems are consistent, and players I guess in theory spend a lot more time working together. On the other hand the QRL are feeders with a mix of NRL players spread, so the NRL player pre-seasons are separate to their Intrust cup team, and players spend the majority of the week with their NRL club and generally only turn up at Intrust for the captains run.
I think the ISC clubs can use their lack of NRL as an advantage; Dolphins players are playing for a real club they want to be there and have been there since they were young. Dolphins have happy Dolphins’ players.
They aren’t shoved there in reserve grade trying to get out like the Dogs’ players.