I'd like to see Mullen get his shot now. Are Hodkinson and Mullen too similar though?
Pearce and Maloney have to replace the Dogs halves as they were very ordinary and their lack of ability and creativity was really exposed in a game at this level.
Fifita and Bird should be back to replace Merrin and Scott for game 2
Greg Bird will replace him. His best games for the blues have been at 5/8 and will bring a massive amount of experience to the role.
We got away with having a rookie halves pairing last night on the back of an incredible defensive display (QLD trumped us is all key attacking stats last night). We need our halves to actually contribute in attack in game 2 if we are to come away with the win.
I'm not sure the NSW halves had much to do with the win last night. I wonder whether you would have won that game with Pearce and Maloney playing.
Anyway, it seems to be that Hodkinson was mostly there because of his combination with Reynolds, and now Reynolds is gone, you're a little stuck with a guy who, on his own, probably isn't quite up to standard. You obviously don't want to disrupt things in the way that a whole new halves combination would, but you do have the problem of having to introduce someone who will swim, rather than sink.
That said, you can't keep chopping and changing.