Take 3 – Origin One

Take 3 – Origin One

It was a real gutsy effort from both teams last night, with the wet weather hampering the attacking flair of both sides.

Unfortunately for fans it is hard to appreciate the defensive effort of the two sides in Origin One, as it does not make for the most entertaining football. Dryer weather in QLD sets up game 2 to be a blockbuster.

 

Soft Penalties and Stoppages

Blowing time off for injured players, this just does not happen in Origin. In fact the two periods that were stopped would rarely be pulled up in a regular season game. There were no infringements to review and referees should have played on leaving them to be attending in back play.

A soft penalty in the 13th minute by Paul Gallen for a high tackle on Matt Scott sent social media into overdrive with cries of ‘let the boys play’ the main message filtering through Twitter and Facebook. On the whole there were several soft penalties blown throughout the game, which is uncommon for Origin. I don’t believe in foul play at any level, but Origin should be a bit tougher.

However only eight penalties were blown compared to last year’s game average of 14.

 

NSW Combinations

The Halves pairing of Reynolds and Maloney proved a success. While Reynolds debut wasn’t outstanding, he looked comfortable in the Sky Blue and played as though he had a series or two under his belt. The Halves pairing deserves to get the full series together win, lose or draw.

The Back Three were a different story, in particular Moylan and Ferguson.

The pair never looked comfortable together letting the ball bounce on several occasions. If Cronk was not carrying an ankle injury I believe their night would have been even worse, with the No.7’s kicking game slightly off last night. Luckily for the duo it did not cost them points, but things need to change come game 2.

 

QLD Bond

The majority of that side has been together for so long and it shows on the field. It is more than a selected line up, it is a TEAM. Their defense last night, though unappreciated by some, was nothing short of dedication to your teammates and to the Jersey. It shows more character than 50 points on the scoreboard.

They play on more than just QLD spirit, their long term partnership evokes real team emotion and has empowered them to achieve many unbelievable victories and series wins. It cannot be replicated without years of bonding and faith by selectors. It truly makes QLD the dominant force it is today, and they will be hard to beat from here…………

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Take 3 – Test Match

Take 3 – Test Match

While the Test Match wasn’t the most entertaining game of footy I have seen here’s what I took from it.

Radradra Sin Bin

The Match Officials got the call exactly right. There was no way it was a penalty try, but it no doubt was a professional foul and deserved more than a penalty. It gave the Kiwis a chance to go on the attack, even though on the night they could not capitalize. I hope the decision sets the standard for the rest of the year.

Radradra

 

Michael Morgan

Is Michael Morgan the best UTILITY player ever!

At 185cm and 92kg, you could arguably pick him in the run on side at Five Eight or Fullback. He is strong in the Centers and Wing and also makes a handy Lock/2nd Rower. The only position he cannot fill is Front Row!

Michael Morgan

 

Josh Dugan & Blake Ferguson

Although the game somewhat failed to excite, there is a good news story in amongst it. Wind the clock back 3 years to when the right edge duo of Blake Ferguson and Josh Dugan almost ended their own careers with that infamous rooftop photo. It was great to see a major turning point in their careers and lives, lining up side by side in the Green and Gold.

Congratulations Men.

Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson