Never mind that Cleary was rated by his teammates and coaching staff as the best NSW player last year, but I think you are missing the point.Exactly. Cleary was pathetic in 2 of the 3 games last year.
Cleary is today 23 and was identified 3 years ago as the future for NSW; the first few years were alongside a dominant half as he learnt on the job, and today that strategy seems to have been shown to be successful; last year he was Blues man of the series and this year he was the dominant half of a team that won the first two games 76-6. Baring injury, he is the half for the foreseeable future.
Moses is three years older than Cleary and realistically his role is to come in and play a role in the event of injury. To that extent, I don’t think that his game the other day was all that bad; you don’t expect him to win the game for you, you want him to be solid. The problem was that he was playing alongside someone else with a similar role in Wighton; neither half was going to take control.
But the important thing is that Moses doesn’t have a couple of series to ease his way into Origin; he needs to do his job from the off as there is no longer term pay-off associated with his development.