Matthew Johns: NSW will win State of Origin this Year

Big Pete

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I never bought into the whole 'If Tongue was a Queenslander' line. Tongue was only worthy of selection in 2006, when New South Wales were coming off three straight series victory and had incumbents in the like of Ryan & Simpson. When they looked to blood somebody, they called in Gallen who was in great form for Cronulla, was a stand out in City v Country and had more upside to him.

Yeah, if Tongue was a Maroon he probably would have been selected over Stagg, Lillyman or Flannery but that says more about the Maroons depth than it does about their selectors nous.

Of course, if Tongue was still killing it in 2008-11 he should have been given a shot, but his form tapered off and he basically became the Canberra Kurt Gidley.
 

CaptainHook

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The problem with dropping of Harrison, is that he replaced him with McQueen, who is easily the worst of the QLD back rowers and is now a permanent fixture in the side.
I think that's a bit harsh. I thought McQueen was magnificent in the decider last year and Harrison was a bit down on form last year and in 2012.
 

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