State of Origin 2018

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  1. Pommy

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    It’s fitting? In what way is it fitting? If Cam Smith gets to the grand final and announces its his last game should he get the Clive Churchill medal even if storm lose and he plays crap?
     
  2. Souths Till I Die

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    I’ve been saying it for the last couple of years I don’t know what selectors see in Klemmer. He’s great at club level but he doesn’t offer much in the origin arena and he lets his emotions get in the way too often. I thought a player like Trent Merrin would’ve been a smarter choice. Oh well though we won the series so who cares!
     
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  3. Rabbit Stew

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    Slater was a terrible choice for player of the series, and the decision was a real slap in the face for the NSW team.
    Tedesco played one of the great all-time Origin matches in Game 1, and no-one came close to that performance in Games 2 and 3. On that basis alone he should have had a head start in player of the series voting.
    Outside of Tedesco, though, you could make a real case for plenty of other NSW players being better across the series than Slater - particularly Turbo Tom, Maloney, Cookie, Cordner and Frizell.
    Holmes and Munster were Queensland's best across the series and should also have been in front of Slater. Even GI's two matches were arguably better than Slater's two.
    I'm not having a go at Billy, though - he looked as surprised as anyone.
    Daley, Lockyer and Meninga selected the winner. I would like to know if it was a unanimous decision or if Daley was railroaded
     
  4. southsport

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    Fittler selected Angus because he signed with the roosters.
     
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  5. doyen

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    The states are still pretty even in ability & in the future Qld will be very strong with a lot of great young players coming through! Ponga in particular!
    It was always going to be a tough ask with the loss of Smith,Thurston & Cronk all at once-----plus injuries to other topliners.
    I wouldn't be the slightest bit cocky if I was NSW.

    On Slater--Tedesco is not in the same class!!

    I think you're correct S/port re. Crichton's selection--he must have been on a promise!
     
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  6. Rabbits20

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    Should've been a Blues penalty though as he was laid all over
     
  7. Rabbits20

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    Great minds think alike
     
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  8. callmack1

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    It's not fitting because he was the best player of the series, it's fitting because he got to go out a Wally Lewis medal winner.

    I'm not saying I agree with it because like you say, it shouldn't happen just because they're a legend and it's their last game, I was just saying it turned out to be quite fitting.

    IN THE SHEDS, Origin III - Angus Crichton: https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2018/07/12/crichton-hungry-for-more-origin-success/
     
  9. doyen

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    Over the 3 games[240 mins] NSW scored 9 tries to 8!! NSW were lucky to win the series against a very disrupted Qld team!!
     
  10. Curns13

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    That’s Origin though isn’t it. NSW had 19 players for the series I believe whereas QLD lost Slater, Morgan, Inglis, Napa, Ponga and Gillette didnt play a game. None of that matters when it reads 2-1 NSW.

    That being said, the closeness of the series does not suggest to me that NSW are at the beginning of some great dynasty like muppets like Gould suggest. If Hunt doesn’t kick the ball dead on the 3rd tackle against 12 men, this could easily have been a QLD series win. I can see the next few years being very competitive.
     
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  11. Curns13

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    That display across the series by Cook would have to be he best by a Rabbitoh in a blues jumper in close to 40 years. Barring injury, he is the Australian hooker.
     
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  12. southsport

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    There's been some talk on other sites about Cleary's performances not matching up to the hype that surrounds him and I tend to agree.........thoughts anyone???
     
  13. Dogmatix

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    Cleary was below par but still better than Mitchell Pearce as at least Cleary did not stuff up when it mattered

    The young bloke Luai who replaced Cleary for the Panthers last week was very impressive. So will be interesting to see what the Panthers do with their halves
     
  14. callmack1

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    Mate, this is a new era of Origin and it's a very exciting one. I think the sides are honestly so even now because you look back on it and Queensland were actually really close like you say. NSW were certainly deserving winners but it wasn't complete domination like many, myself included thought it'd be. NSW, to their credit, just one the big moments and if a few things went ever so slightly differently, it could've been another story.

    I reckon this is a new dawn of Origin, a new dawn of competitiveness where we literally have no idea who is gonna win the series each year because it's so close and so even. It's gonna be great to watch it all unfold.

    I'm itching to see Ponga in a Maroons jersey again already!
     
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  15. Rabbits20

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    Maloney and Cleary will remain the halves barring injury...

    That's a certainty too.... if they're fit there is no way either would be dropped...

    So imo I don't see any interest there apart from the interest of other clubs looking at Luai.
     
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    And it looks like a new dawn where they actually pick Souths players for SOO. Who’d a thunk it :clap::clap::clap:
     
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  17. doyen

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    NSWs weren't the better side---Qld were really up against it with the sudden,& shock retirement of Smith!! With Smith in,Qld win,IMO!! Even with the injuries to key players I believe Qld would have won with Smith playing!!
    Also,SOO was at the crossroads---the very last thing needed was a Qld win!!??????
     
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    Go you Blues Bunnies!! Simply the best!!
     
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    Because 13 debutants for the series is settled...

    Like Qld sides of the past decade, NSW won the series because when the clutch moments came the Blues handled them better. It's nothing to do with luck, luck is a cop out for failure.

    Isn't it odd how only the losers use excuses?
     
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  20. ouryears

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    All your ifs and buts.
    They didn't win.
    We won.
    NSW won.
    No ifs, no buts.
     
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