There was no one there pushing up in support for him to even try that.I kept waiting for Paulo to back into a tackle and offload out the back with a support runner. Didn't see it happen - I don't get it, his skill set is immense and yet he wasn't let loose? Playing to instructions?
Like the Pommy press calling Border's side the worst ever ahead of the '89 Ashes. Result: Australia 4-0. An outcome that flattered the losers, rain saving England twice. They would not beat Australia in a Test series home or away until the following century.Has calling a Qld team the worst in history ever turned out good for us?
Very few can. He knew when to give it away and move on to other endeavours, though. His record of winning two premierships at different clubs by the age of 33 will probably never be beaten.Gould is not respected outside the riff and channel 9 as he is a know-it-all coward who could not tie Bennett’s laces when it comes to coaching.
Like the Pommy press calling Border's side the worst ever ahead of the '89 Ashes. Result: Australia 4-0. An outcome that flattered the losers, rain saving England twice. They would not beat Australia in a Test series home or away until the following century.
You can't just look at series results to deem someone's ability or not though. This year's series winning coach lost his first four consecutive games coaching Origin. Phil Gould was in charge of a NSW side that got swept against a team coached by Paul f**king Vautin. It wasn't that Pearce played in losing teams, it was how he played. Think that infamous gif of him murdering a 3-man overlap that cost NSW a certain try (and the series). Think his kicking game, more predictable than guessing the Wiggles wardrobe. Cleary (to date) has had a bigger and more positive influence on the NSW team than Pearce ever had and it had zero to do with who Qld ran out. Cleary is still 23.
As for the "worst Qld team in history", I'd argue the 2000 team was worse. Maybe not worse on paper, but they played worse. They failed to turn up and keep the series alive at Lang Park, then got routed 56-16 with pride on the line. It was a heartless effort, even if they had the likes of Tallis and Lockyer in the team (interestingly, Darren was the same age as Cleary is now- but more on Locky in a sec). The worst ever NSW team I've seen was the 2010 squad. You want to see what a Craig Bellamy team looks like without his Qld stars to elevate his reputation, there it was in all it's uninspiring grubbiness.
You talk about great halfbacks dragging their team out of a hole, but JT often couldn't turn it around on his own when playing behind beaten Cowboys or Maroons packs. On the subject of halves, Lockyer was in his late 20's when the Qld selectors told him his days were numbered if he didn't step up- which he did in champion fashion. You're comparing DCE, a guy with 10+ years NRL experience to Nathan, who is still just 23 years old.
To add to that the CCM medalist was running drinks whilst the Daly M centre of the year was peeling oranges. Insanity.Absolutely.
2 of the top 3 players in the Dally Ms this year were selected OUT of position ..
Gutherson was always gonna be behind Tedesco at 1, but Wighton should always have been at 6 IMO.
Another bit of absolute brilliance from Freddie was how he used Brown.
5-10 mins into the second half NSW needed someone who could come on and lift them, the perfect candidate was sitting right there and he barely got any game time - 12 minutes to be exact.
If he was barely going to use 1 of the forwards, why didn’t he opt for a utility instead like Paypenhauzen who would have been a game changer.
When your forwards are exhausted the bench players are meant to come on a relief them, how Freddie came to the decision that only 12 minutes was needed is truely insane.
Meninga and Lewis were overrated, especially at that stage of there careers and Langer, while I hate to admit it I always felt Ricky Stuart was a far superior half back.
95 no way we should have won, that was a ridiculous result, to beat that blues team with the team we had, we won all 3. One win, maybe, in a dead rubber and the blues don't show up. When I was younger I was all yeah, Qld spirit, passion etc...etc, as I've gotten older I really question the integrity of that series now, blues had won 3 in a row, we had the shittest team in history yet somehow come up with a whitewash, a f**ken whitewash, yeah nah