LIVE State of Origin I - QLD vs NSW - Live Discussion

JAHHW

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All the talk about Haas being the next big thing, and no doubt he is.

But boy oh boy, I said it last year and I’ll say it again, Fifita is the real one to watch (I know, hardly news, but people have been waxing lyrical about Haas, Fifita barely seems to gets a mention this year).

Fifita was a beast off the bench. He’s going to be the most damaging backrower in the comp in a couple of years time, if not sooner.

Just think about this, in 12 months, he’s gone from MM to SOO and he’s looked better each time he’s stepped up.

Scary to think where he’ll end up if he keeps it up.
 

Sirlee oldman

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He was the incumbent hooker. Hunt isn't a hooker. Pay more attention.
But still your first thought after an epic win was about a player who wasn’t there. I am paying attention to the guys out there and you watch every game trying to justify your crap opinions. I am surprised you haven’t declared Hunt to be a God (but obviously a lesser God to Turpin).
 

Alec

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With the greatest respect to gags, this is a crock of shit.

Ponga was easily the best player on the field.

Gags had a great game but KP was other worldly
Have to disagree here. Gagai contributed so much in attack, but he also contributed so much in defense too. If he didn't make those defensive efforts, NSW probably score at least a couple more tries that way, Chambers just made so many bad decisions.
 

Super Freak

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Ponga's first half was a bit meh.

Didn't do much in attack, wasn't coming up in support like a fullback should. His second half was much better, he stepped up and came up with two crucial plays with one ending up being the match-winning play.

For Gagai, he was good the whole game and scored two crucial tries. I think Gagai deserves MOTM.
 

BroncsFan

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All the talk about Haas being the next big thing, and no doubt he is.

But boy oh boy, I said it last year and I’ll say it again, Fifita is the real one to watch (I know, hardly news, but people have been waxing lyrical about Haas, Fifita barely seems to gets a mention this year).

Fifita was a beast off the bench. He’s going to be the most damaging backrower in the comp in a couple of years time, if not sooner.

Just think about this, in 12 months, he’s gone from MM to SOO and he’s looked better each time he’s stepped up.

Scary to think where he’ll end up if he keeps it up.
Which is exactly why he's more of a priority signing than TPJ.... I've yet to see him have a down game in terms of attitude and work rate.

His defence may be off at times, but he's always trying and always looking to turn the momentum.

I reckon he's just a guy that hates to lose
 

broncsgoat

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Which is exactly why he's more of a priority signing than TPJ.... I've yet to see him have a down game in terms of attitude and work rate.

His defence may be off at times, but he's always trying and always looking to turn the momentum.

I reckon he's just a guy that hates to lose
This is why he needs more minutes for us. He’s a freak
 
Outside of some of the QLD players.. Teddy is a superstar. I just don’t understand how a guy his size moves like he does. Watched it love and just watched it on replay.. there aren’t too many players like him. His error in the last 15 min though brought a lot of happiness to our section of the stadium.
 

NSW stables

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Unfortunately i missed most of the first half (damn family commitments!), however i think tonight's game proved that origin is largely won by running harder and hitting harder than the other team. The line speed of the QLD defence was awesome and kept NSW pegged down their end. The QLD tactic of spreading the ball to prevent the blues defence from compacting meant the forwards werent being gang tackled and sped the ruck speed up. Great game.
 

Big Pete

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Dexter Dexter from now on I'm going to keep my mouth shut until you post because you seem to have a better clue than me.

I'd like to pull a Gus Gould and say I qualified my prediction of NSW going on with it in the second half by saying it depends on their attitude, but that's weak. I guess I'm so used to the flow of an NRL game that when I see a side bomb 4 try scoring opportunities it eventually costs them.

Not this Queensland side.

I forgot that this side is filled with champions with tremendous resolve who never die wondering. Even in defeat, there's rarely an instance I felt they didn't give their all on the field and tonight was another shining example. They had every right to pack it in, play safe and pray for the Blues to make an error, but they fought hard and eventually got on top of them.

They just kept at it and kept playing football. It was so refreshing to see a side move the football around like Queensland and even though the service at time was sloppy, when the passes stuck they created enough opportunities where they could eventually convert them. The two passes Kalyn Ponga threw were absolute gems and Munster was desperately unlucky not to receive a better reward when Michael Morgan went close.

In Origin it's all about self belief, making the play and staying in the game. At 8-all, NSW had the opportunity to take an unlikely lead with a player short. For all money, it appeared Wighton had set Addo-Carr down the sideline and in that position, Josh scores 9/10 even with the cover coming over. So Gagai took the odds to it, he stuck his hand out reeled the ball in and took his opportunity to score a long distance try he wouldn't be able to score in any other circumstance. Normally Addo-Carr would have been able to chase him down, but in this scenario, Gagai just had too big a lead. Addo-Carr still made the conversion more difficult than it needed to be but that was the turning point.

I wish for my nerves I could say it was the game, but it wasn't. Even after Gagai scored his double, NSW came back hard and were within a whisker of stealing it. That final tackle on Crichton is what Origin is built on. Ponga putting his body on the line to temporarily stop the most dangerous player on the field and his team mates covering the other side of the field and just jamming bodies in, that's why we find ourselves writing essays at 12am about this form of entertainment.

I'll need to catch a replay before tackling the nitty gritty, but before going through the weeds I just wanted to give it up to the players on the field. They did the jersey proud tonight and that was as good a win I've seen from Queensland.

1-0, off to Perth in a game that may as well be winner takes all. Let's see how NSW handle having the shoe on the other foot, they only lost by four, but they don't take losing well.
 

Huge

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A lot of people rightly identified Kaufusi as having had a blinder but after watching a replay I will say that no one wanted to run anywhere near Napa. He absolutely puts fear into them. He was going to kill someone tonight and because of that they kept turning back in and away from him. That made the other defenders lot so much easier. He won't be dropped and his no try won't be counted against him. He's one scarey motherfucker and our Origin side needs that aggression.

That first 20 minutes of the second half was enormous and QLD won simply because they wanted to hurt the blues. Everyone had sting in their tackles. I might say also that I strongly supported Kafusi before he played his first origin and didn't get much support but I always believed he would be an asset so I'm pleased there's no one left who thinks he doesn't belong. Great game from him. Fifita was excellent too.

Chambers deserves this series to prove his worth, I hope he does. Well done to Hunt, best rep game ever from him. DCE, class and Ponga the best of. Munster proved a few wrong and Gilett still has it. Offa was strong but unlucky and Arrow didn't put a foot wrong, bound to get better.

I took NSW to lead at halftime and Qld at fulltime so I made a bundle of cash on that...happy days.
 

Ironbroncos

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Just watching Freddy in the post game conference. damn hes one salty motherfudger :facepalmwastaken:

"they (QLD) nailed the 1st 10 - 15mins (of the 2nd half) they really won that, apart from that, nice pass from Ponga and a intercept, 2 tries dead set corners of the field, its not as though they broke us up all over the field" 😂

sour grapes mate, still 2 more games but damn watching this interview he really looked pissed off.

Even the interview in the sheds after the game when Slater was asking him questions, that must've pissed him off too.
 

Skathen

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This is still really pissing me off. All the modern tech they could have at their disposal "The NSW Kick chasers are onside" ya mhmm...

(superimposed a mostly transparent image of the field directly in line with the play to compensate for the camera angle - to show the direct line between with where the ball was kicked and Teddy's position - using the try line as a point of reference)

He's got nothing behind where the ball was kicked and I was being really generous with where that is called from, I believe it should be from his boot, not the where the ball is in this frame. Teddy's left hoof was on the dirt before cook got foot to the ball - in an offside position. This should be immediately and extremely obvious with the right technology and much higher def than what I am getting off of Kayo.

How is the ultimate of our game still getting simple stuff like this totally wrong. Pissed me off even more that this directly led to their first try.
 
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