Perhaps it is a little selfish.Okay, but don't you think that's a little selfish on your part? This is something the players have been working towards since they first raced out onto the field. Of course they're going to take any opportunity to represent Queensland, if they treated it like it was a City v Country game they would become an utter laughing stock.
And no Origin game is ever meaningless. In fact, some of the best games in recent times have been dead rubbers. 2007, 2009, 2010...2014 felt great too.
But right now our season is a shambles and Origin isn't helping. The post Origin hangover seems to be lasting longer this year. The players look tired, their defence is suffering as a result.
They should sit out this game, get well rested, refresh and focus all of their efforts on getting our season back on track and try to end our premiership drought. They have their whole careers to play Origin, our premiership window is not going to be open for long and once it closes it won't open again for a while. I see 2017 as the end of our premiership window. We should be focusing on getting a good win against the Rabbitohs to get some confidence back in the side. We'll have some tough games after that. On paper we should win those games, but as we've seen the game isn't played on paper.
If we were in a good position like last year then I wouldn't really have a problem with it. Because we could afford to rest players. Unfortunately, this year we can't.
Yeah, there have been some great games in dead rubbers. But at the end of the day, QLD will still be champions whether they win or lose.
I would trade all of those Origin shields for a premiership. I'm getting tired of looking back at our season during the off-season and thinking, "maybe next year.."