Discussion in 'State of Origin and other State Leagues' started by Legends of Sport, May 29, 2017.
Fifita can get confused between sideways and forwards...
More importantly, they're quality players. There was a time the Blues wouldn't pick some of those players for superficial reasons.
NSWRL has made great strides over the past couple of years and addressed a lot of the criticisms fans had over the Origin period. Even though they didn't get the result the other night, the future is undoubtedly bright which is great because the game needs a strong State of Origin series.
I reckon plenty of aboriginal people would find Inglis' attitude offensive.
Especially people from the Kempsey area.
They aren't stupid.
They are loyal and protective of their home.
To see one of their locals succeed and then basically deny his heritage wouldn't sit well.
I'm sure there are as well, just like there's fans from those area who probably respect his decision and there may even be younger fans who support Queensland because of it.
Where we can all agree is that the Inglis situation shouldn't have been allowed to happen.
However, what's done is done and the eligibility rules have been changed to remedy the problem. He's been a fantastic player for Queensland and it's been a pleasure to watch him play alongside greats like Slater, Lockyer, Thurston, Cronk, Smith, Civoniceiva, Price etc. etc.
It Is like watching a team over the salary cap win the Comp every year if you ask me.
NSW weren't interested in Inglis. He wanted to play for QLD(who had lost 3 Origin series in a row at the time and were firm favourites to lose a record setting 4th series). I'd guarantee that he would have switched codes rather than be forced to play for NSW. The guy has a passion for QLD Origin. He is one of the best ever to play Origin and he will be assisting with the future QLD Origin teams for decades to come.
These guys will be there behind the scenes and that might just end up being their greatest ever contribution to QLD's State Of Origin. Over and above what they achieved on the field.
If I recall correctly Inglis' family and friends from the area have been interviewed on this and said that while they disagree they still respect his decision.
It is always funny to watch both the Blues fans and the Blues team once they have won one game of the series begin acting as if they were the better side all of a sudden. Along with this goes hand in hand inept deluded wafflers like Gus Gould announcing that the QLD team's dominance has come to an end. That a Blues dynasty will sweep QLD aside. Ushering in a new era where NSW will be untouchable for years. Nay decades even.
Almost just as inevitably, QLD utterly kick NSW's freckle snatch the series and POP, the bubble of delusion bursts. Leaving the inevitable reality that the NSW side really aren't that good at all.
Then begins another year where the commentators and observers pore over every good club game and herald that NSW have found their saviour in (Insert Player's Name Here). This poor sod is now lauded as the answer to NSW's Origin prayers(despite the fact that NSW believes GOD is a Trinity comprised of Wayne Pearce, Andrew Johns and Paul Gallen). Poor sod saviour is chosen for Origin amidst Hosannas of effusiveness. Plays one great move in one Origin game and is forever marked as the Origin Messiah. Poor sod, of course, has seen his one great Origin moment come and go. For he is nothing but a flash in the pan.
This becomes more and more obvious the longer poor sod is selected. The Blues media machine tries to talk up poor sod. Doing 'Human Interest' items which show the softer side of poor sod. You know.: Standing hand in hand with wifey. Playing with the kids. Cuddling a litter of kittens( just before he drowns them off camera). Poor sod is not only a Football Legend. He is an upstanding exemplar for all of humanity.
Then he has a really lousy series and they wash their hands of him.
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