The picking extra second rowers instead of props has been going on for well over a decade. NSW selectors are just as much to blame as this has been going on long before Fittler or even Laurie Daley were appointed to coach NSW.
As to Tedesco, if you think he played badly you need your head read. Bad players don't go looking for the ball to inject themselves. They don't bob up all over the field, make more runs than any other player in the squad (24 compared to To'o and Turbo who hade 16) nor make the most meters in the team with ball in hand (204 meters, compared to To'o with 180 meters and Turbo with 147 meters). Thing is how many times when Tedesco ran was there no one pushing up in support with him? If you think that means he had a shocker, then sorry but you are a very poor judge.
NSW player stats, from fox Sports (source: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/state-of-origin/match-centre/SOO20210301/stats)
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Thats great Re Teddys meters, as a fullback you always get a stack from kick return meters. If you think thats the be all end all of being a good player I guess you think Aiden Tolmans was the best prop in the game from 2008-2013. You know who touches the ball the most across the whole comp in games they play? Brodie Croft. Does that make him a great player?
Teddys clearly a very good player, I thought he was poor last night and the sentiments from this thread agree. He was stifling NSWs attack all night by crabbing across field, as was evidenced in the penultimate play.