Cameron Smith is the greatest rugby league player ever.

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  1. Johns Magic

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    A shame the Storm are still allowed to get away with cheating. Bromwich would probably be a park footy player without the nose candy but they let him play anyway.
     
  2. King hit

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    The main reason why I always rate Joey as the best player I've ever seen is for the following reasons

    - His defense was just as good as his attack. Lockyer and Thurston are awesome (Locky's case was) and their instinct was second to none but they struggle defensively and were below average. Joey had no problems defensively. He could make 40 tackles and carry guys like Webcke backwards

    - He was unbelievable in attack throwing cut out passes, general play kicking etc etc.

    - His influence on teams was incredible. I still remember 2005 when Newcastle lost 13 straight games and then won 8 of their last 10 or something when Joey returned. Newcastle could've gone back to back in 2002 from memory before Joey's injury. In 2001 the Knights lost 5 straight when he was out I think. Just look at how the Knights have gone since 2007. The Broncos have made a Grand Final and will never decline to the Knights level (another reason why I go with Joey over Lockyer)

    - The 2005 Origin series was the greatest display I've ever seen and that was against Smith/Lockyer/Thurston/Slater and a fair few other great QLD players. He played some awesome games for Australia as well and captained Australia and his state. Something Thurston didn't do.

    - NSW have only had 1 series win ever since he retired and the halfback position has been contentious.

    - He won 2 grand finals against the odds. Manly and Parra were hot favorites in 1997 and 2001 but Joey had a huge role in the wins. No disrespect to Lockyer and Thurston for the achievements. You could maybe give Locky the edge here but there is no way Thurston batters Johns here.
     
  3. Tommy Smith

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    Another genius seemingly forgotten in the debate.

    If Freddy wasn't as gifted a footballer as the likes of Slater and Thurston then I'll walk nude to Birdsville.

    Passing (amazing long pass), running (THAT step), great defender, leadership, mastered 3 positions across the backs and forwards - Freddy was another complete player who made footy look ridiculously easy.

    Freddy, at worst, belongs in the same breath as Slater, Locky, JT and Smith imo.
     
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  4. JamesRustle

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    How do you know?
     
  5. Shorty

    Shorty Moderator Staff Member

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    I've thought the same thing with Lockyer when he was playing.
     
  6. POPEYE

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    I guess we'll have to wait for him to admit it like Joey did . . . until then we'll pretend he doesn't
     
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  7. Life's Good

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    Like most others, for mine, the best players I have seen in the last 20yrs(in no order):
    Fittler
    Lockyer
    A Johns
    Slater
    Smith
    Thurston
    Special mention goes to Mitchell Pearce. 18 origins, no series wins. That takes some talent or very good pictures.
     
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  8. Shorty

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    There could be players that run rings around Andrew Johns but no cockroach will rate them anyway.
    Joey was the last decent halfback for the Blues and 2005 was a great series for him.
    Blue tinted glasses etc lol.

    I agree with this thread, on Wednesday night Smith was close to perfect and he'll probably repeat that performance in October to win Melb the gf.
     
  9. Hutty1986

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    Ah, so bias is purely a NSW thing is it?
     
  10. POPEYE

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    C'mon ol' mate, very few winners claim bias
     
  11. Shorty

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    Well no because you're likely to see most Queenslanders rate Lockyer too but I'm noticing a lot of origin reminiscing is all.
     
  12. Knightmare

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    It is.

    If you can't accept the clear fact that Queenslanders are better footballers, better people, have more passion, never whinge, are never grubs and are the last true Australians then you're just a bitter NSWanker and probably a Kings Cross shirt lifter to boot

    In Austraya we eat meat, we drink Bundy and we speak f**kin English!

    PAULINE FOR PM!

    KWEENSLANDAAH!
     
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  13. THE CHAMP

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    dished out a couple of lessons to joey in the finals iirc
     
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  14. Shorty

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    Bloody Pauline, didn't WA vote her in too? They deserve some of the blame.
     
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  15. POPEYE

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    Nothing better than being different . . . I voted for Pauline in the hope she'd use it wisely
     
  16. dangerousdave

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    Anyone who's ever come down from a big night on the beers n pingers in Newy will tell you that, it's hardly a performance enhancing experience.

    Anyway. For all the talent and ability to control a game Smith has, being on a cheat team deems him ineligible.

    Agree with all other posters who said that judging across positions and eras can't really be done.
     
  17. POPEYE

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    Benny cried himself to sleep wondering the same thing
     
  18. POPEYE

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    Your bait is stale ol' mate . . . the Maroons will never admit to cheating
     
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  19. Nice Beaver

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    This is surely just a bad trolling post, right?
     
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  20. Saxon

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    And how is that working for you?
     

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