State Of Origin 2018

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  1. Blair

    Blair First Grade

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    It's that time of year again, just when the NRL season was looking like the most interesting in years.

    Anyway, the teams. A shot in the arm for SOO or more of the same?:

    NSW: 1. James Tedesco 2. Josh Addo-Carr 3. James Roberts 4. Latrell Mitchell 5. Tom Trbojevic 6. James Maloney 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Damien Cook 10. David Klemmer 11. Boyd Cordner (capt) 12. Tyson Frizell 13. Jack de Belin Interchange: 14. Paul Vaughan 15. Jake Trbojevic 16. Angus Crichton 17. Tyrone Peachey 18. Tariq Sims 19. Nick Cotric.

    Qld: 1. Billy Slater 2. Valentine Holmes 3. Greg Inglis (capt) 4. Will Chambers 5. Dane Gagai 6. Cameron Munster 7. Ben Hunt 8. Dylan Napa 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Jarrod Wallace 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Felise Kaufusi 13. Josh McGuire Interchange: 14. Michael Morgan 15. Josh Papalii 16. Coen Hess 17. Jai Arrow.
     
  2. Meth

    Meth Moderator Staff Member

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    Most exciting NSW team in ages, even if they do get pumped.
     
  3. Penrose Warrior

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    I can't believe how quick my transition from WOW ORIGIN IS ON to who gives a f**k has happened.

    The annual pissing contest isn't even likely to help us this year, just when we could really use it to guarantee a finals spot.
     
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  4. Beavers Headgear

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    The most important team hasn't been named yet, the team of officials
     
  5. ZEROMISSTACKLES

    ZEROMISSTACKLES First Grade

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    Theres been a few Origins where the NSW line-up has looked unbeatable and then Queensland goes out and wins. However, for the first time in a long time, I very seriously doubt the Maroons chance of winning any games at all this year.
     
  6. Blair

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    The cliche about pride in the Maroons jumper is true though. It means more to them. As you said, they've often started as underdogs. I think that's why most Kiwis backed them from the start.

    I'm still Qld after all these years. I shouldn't be, I've spent just a few months up there (about 17 years ago) but have lived in NSW for over 20 years.

    I really got into that series in '91, when Lowie coached them to victory.
     
  7. Blair

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    Is Cherry-Evans on the outer with Qld selectors? Milford's also another big omission.
     
  8. Blair

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    I feel the same, but then winter can be quite boring where I live.

    The Soccer WC might bleed a lot of attention away from SOO this year.
     
  9. Blair

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    As Zero said, the Blues often look unbeatable, but this year it looks like that will mean something tangible.

    There has to be points in that back-line, surely.
     
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    Awesome series that one. Love those good old days when 'lifting past the horizontal' was just a dump tackle, the war was real and the fights were just entertaining as fuk. Those series actually made Origin.
     
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  11. Blair

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    And live into packed NZ lounge-rooms on Channel 2. A massive boost for the game over there. For that reason alone I'll always have a soft-spot for Origin.
     
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  12. Blair

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    The 'if NZ was still part of NSW' hypothetical we've done over the years would mean both Harris and Fusitua making the Blues in '18. They couldn't say no to their performances this year.

    That's a boost for us as over the years we've only agreed on Matulino.
     
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    NSW TEAM FOR ORIGIN I 2017. Just as a comparison. * means kept spot in 2018

    1. James Tedesco *

    2. Blake Ferguson

    3. Josh Dugan

    4. Jarryd Hayne

    5. Brett Morris

    6. James Maloney *

    7. Mitchell Pearce

    8. Aaron Woods

    9. Nathan Peats

    10. Andrew Fifita

    11. Josh Jackson

    12. Boyd Cordner (c) *

    13. Tyson Frizell *

    14. Jack Bird

    15. Wade Graham

    16. David Klemmer *

    17. Jack Trbojevic *
     
  14. ZEROMISSTACKLES

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    He is the surprise selection for me this year. I didnt think he was playin well enough to be picked.
     
  15. JJ

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    There's points for both sides in the NSW backline, and a real worry about kick returns

    NSW should win, but they should have won last year... at the end of the day there are 11 debutants which doesn't usually end well... still I think and hope NSW wins
     
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    Meth Moderator Staff Member

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    I am close to there now- for a combination of reasons- Queensland’s dominance and the effect on the international game.
     
  17. Meth

    Meth Moderator Staff Member

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    Got to have some continuity I suppose
     
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    Meth Moderator Staff Member

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    I hope we don’t get 2-3 sin bins per game
     
  19. Beavers Headgear

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    It seems that way, suits me just fine though

    Sutton and Klein named to referee the game
     
  20. BLN2

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    I don't rate Roberts and Mitchell that much, they love them in the Aus commentary! They go invisible for 80% of games. IF they fire up for origin, should be a good watch. Defense is questionable also. I think Fergo could have been there over Turbo, as your hit up donkey.

    But I also don't really rate the QLD forward pack, the bench is good though. Either out of form or fresh off injury. I can see NSW bashing the QLD pack, and Cook, Teddy and co carving them late in the game. Then QLD will get desperate, drop Morgan for Ponga in game 2 to match the pace..
     

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