WE ARE GOING TO PLAY THE BLUES TONIGHT? CAN YOU FEEL IT! WE ARE GOING TO SLAY THE BLUES TONIGHT! CAN YOU FEEL IT? BLOW AWAY THE BLUES TONIGHT! CAN YOU FEEL IT? SEND THEM BACK SOUTH WHERE THEY BELONG, CAN'T YOU FEEL A BIG WIN COMING ON! :thumbup1:
I thought McQueen was once again worthless. Hopefully Hannant or Shillo come in for him. I thought DCE went OK, defended well like I knew he would, but wasn't really needed in attack - Cronk, Smith and Thurston were on their game.
QLD won the game in the 1st 20 minutes where they blew NSW off the park with their terrific start which left NSW playing catchup footy. Tonight also showed why Nathan Merritt is always overlooked for rep footy I didn't think he played very well and his marking was average at best. From a NSW POV this is a learning curve and we can take the lessons learnt tonight and take it into game 3.
Don't really think McQueen does anything that special. Myles to take his spot in the backrow and Hannant to prop would be a welcome change.
As for DCE I thought he did okay but I'm not really sure he at any stage offered us much. He'll be better for the experience and it was a useful exercise for the future but I don't think he should be persisted with in Game 3. Would replace him with either Lillyman (if we want to shore up our pack) or stick Barba in there for the last 15-20 if the game needs winning. In the context of needing to pull out a win Barba just has more x-factor than DCE.
That sin bin fiasco was BS. They knew they had to sin bin Merrin, but didn't want to affect the game, so made sure that both sides had the same amount of players binned, whether it made any sense or not. I don't think Bird and Hodges should have been binned, and at the very most, Tate should have been penalised, not binned. In what other game would Bird, Hodges and Tate get sin binned for what they did?