ORIGIN/INTERNATIONALS

Since we're coming into Origin season, we might like to think about how it's going to affect our playing roster and recovery time. Here is the schedule, and how it will impact us.

IMPACTROUNDDATEOPPONENT
InternationalsSaturday, June 25
Origin 2Sunday, June 26
Week to recover16Saturday, July 2Cowboys
Missing players17Sunday, July 10Dragons
Origin 3Wednesday, July 13
Backing up: 3 days18Saturday, July 16Titans

We have 2 remaining games to be affected by representative matches:

Dragons in Round 17 - players away at Origin
Titans in Round 18 - players resting or backing up

Three internationals will be played on Saturday, June 25. That's a week before the Cowboys match so recovery and availability shouldn't be an issue. The matches are:

NZ vs Tonga
Samoa vs Cook Islands
PNG vs Fiji

ORIGIN 2: NSW
Payne Haas

ORIGIN 2: QLD
Kurt Capewell
Selwyn Cobbo
Pat Carrigan
Tom Flegler (reserve)
Corey Oates (reserve)

NEW ZEALAND
Jordan Riki (replacement)
Te Maire Martin (reserve)

TONGA
Kotoni Staggs

PNG
David Mead (captain)

SAMOA
Keenan Palasia

COOK ISLANDS
Xavier Willison
Brendan Piakura
 
Fitzy

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Flegler doesn't deserve an origin jersey, and we also really need him next game so I hope he doesn't get picked.

Haas/Carrigan/Cobbo/Staggs/Capewell should be certainties for origin. Oates should be but I don't think he will be picked. Flegler shouldn't be, but I think he will be picked.

Either way I think we're going to be at least 6 players short, maybe 7.

Raiders will almost certainly be missing Papa and Wighton who are their two best players at least but we'll be up against it.

If Reynolds plays I think we'll win, I can't see us winning without him.
I disagree. I was at the game and haven’t had the chance to have an over analysis of every play like the broadcasters do. Personally apart from the report and the knock on he is the one who changed the game for us. Got us on that role to get the 2 in the bin. Regardless that Fifita scored the try the boys still had the moment and confidence that all they needed was energy to get on top. They went on a 31-0 run from there off the back of flegs for mine. He played well and has been playing well. One of those ones where it’s a 50-50 and whilst I’d love to say we have 3 origin middles and an edge forward in origin. I’d rather beat the raiders and he will go a long way to doing that.
 
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I disagree. I was at the game and haven’t had the chance to have an over analysis of every play like the broadcasters do. Personally apart from the report and the knock on he is the one who changed the game for us. Got us on that role to get the 2 in the bin. Regardless that Fifita scored the try the boys still had the moment and confidence that all they needed was energy to get on top. They went on a 31-0 run from there off the back of flegs for mine. He played well and has been playing well. One of those ones where it’s a 50-50 and whilst I’d love to say we have 3 origin middles and an edge forward in origin. I’d rather beat the raiders and he will go a long way to doing that.
I'm not saying he's not good enough, but he came on and within 10 minutes - report = penalty, 6 again, and a knock on after a try.

Those are absolute killers in origin. He's talented enough, whether he's mature enough, I don't know, I think he needs a couple of more years. He might very well get picked because our forward depth isn't great and he is an incumbent I think?
 
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Exactly. Coates is incumbent, and has 10 tries under his belt this season (as does Oates). He's probably improved this season so I can't see why he'd be dropped. He plays on the right (same as Selwyn).

Speaking of Coates and weird body language, when did he become such a grumpy bastard? He used to grin from ear to ear when he played for us:

He has a belly ache
 
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Supposedly past records are not factored in at all at the judiciary now. That's what's helped TPJ and co avoid blatant suspensions supposedly.....


Oh... and not wearing a broncos jersey so flegler will likely get 6 weeks.... (if he even cops a fine that is bloody harsh on that one ffs)
 
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Flegler's not playing origin. He'll be suspended.
 
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Can @1910 please give us an update on whether Willison and Piakura have a game this weekend?
 
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Can @1910 please give us an update on whether Willison and Piakura have a game this weekend?

They don't. There's only one game this week and it's between Magpies and Pride.
 
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lol did anyone see Cobbo's post-game interview, I think it was Andrew Johns asked him if he'd heard from Billy this week...poor kid dropped the smile and just mumbled "no, no not yet" or something. He wants that Maroons jersey so bad...
 
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lol did anyone see Cobbo's post-game interview, I think it was Andrew Johns asked him if he'd heard from Billy this week...poor kid dropped the smile and just mumbled "no, no not yet" or something. He wants that Maroons jersey so bad...

Cobbo went back outside last night at 10:30 to take photos with people outside the tunnel. I was impressed.
 
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Supposedly past records are not factored in at all at the judiciary now. That's what's helped TPJ and co avoid blatant suspensions supposedly.....


Oh... and not wearing a broncos jersey so flegler will likely get 6 weeks.... (if he even cops a fine that is bloody harsh on that one ffs)

Only outside the last two years.
 
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Now that I think about it TMM is a risk for the international Game at being picked which is when Game 2 is on, though it should be a week between that game and ours unlike Origin.

New Zealand only have 2 Active Fullbacks in NRL atm(Him and Nicoll-Klokstad)Martin is the clear best on form atm, they could go with Manu in fullback though.
 
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Now that I think about it TMM is a risk for the international Game at being picked which is when Game 2 is on, though it should be a week between that game and ours unlike Origin.

New Zealand only have 2 Active Fullbacks in NRL atm(Him and Nicoll-Klokstad)Martin is the clear best on form atm, they could go with Manu in fullback though.

So NZ might be something like:

1. TMM
2. Rapana
3. Smith
4. Manu
5. Mulitalo
6. Brown
7. Hughes
8. Fisher-Harris
9. Smith
10. Fonua-Blake
11. Harris
12. Papalii
13. Asofa-Solomona

14. Nikorima
15. Bromwich
16. Warea-Hargreaves
17. Nikora
 
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In bet you didn't see this coming news: Tesi Niu will be back for the Round 17 Dragons match that Kotoni, Selwyn and maybe Corey are likely to miss. Likewise against the Titans in Round 18. Phew.
 

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