Tuesday, 20 May 2014

State of Origin: NSW coach Laurie Daley has named a side that can finally end

The fact Laurie Daley has picked his side on premiership form means 17 Blues players will turn up to Suncorp Stadium ready to go.

It would have been easy to say it was too big a risk to blood a new halves combination at Suncorp in game one.
It would have been easy to say Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney won last year’s grand final and deserved another shot.

The fact is they are both out of form and have struggled since the start of the season.

Going with Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds is the right thing to do.

They have been the form combination since round one. They are great competitors.

Reynolds will harass Johnathan Thurston from the opening whistle until the full-time siren. Hodkinson will steadily steer the backline and make great metres with his kicking game.

This side, even without Greg Bird and Boyd Cordner, is as strong as any we have fielded in the last five years.

The forwards are well balanced with hard workers, powerful edge-runners and skilful ball players.

In the backline, Jarryd Hayne is in 2009 Dally M form.

The Morris brothers showed in the Test match against New Zealand they are in great form.

So too is Michael Jennings in a struggling Roosters side.

I love the selection of Daniel Tupou. He is a freakish talent with the football in his hands and has the skill of an AFL player in the air.
The only player who can consider himself lucky to be selected is Trent Merrin.

The Dragons have been dreadful since the Anzac Day game against the Roosters
and he has struggled in an ordinary pack.

Packing down in better company around elite players will hopefully make a difference.

The entire reserves bench has plenty of strike power.
Tony “T-Rex” Williams is an inspired choice and could bust open a tight game. He is playing like he did at Manly two years ago when he played for Australia.

Both Anthony Watmough and Luke Lewis have excelled at the highest level and will no doubt get plenty of game time.

Overall, this is a great football side. A team that can score points.

A team that has the potential to rattle the champions.

POST ORIGINATED FROM http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au




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