SOO Game 2 , 2019

Posted: June 23, 2019 in Sport

As long as Origin has been played , last nights result was always on the cards apart from a couple of Golden periods for Maroons with Thurston, Lewis etc. NSW sides always look more dangerous on paper, not necessarily better. They have more points in them invariably. Qld gets by on effort and guts and usually some NSW mistakes either on field or at selection table. Many so called experts of course thought the selections for NSW Game 2 were panic but in reality most were forced or obvious. Blind Freddy, let alone Blue Freddy, knows that smaller mobile packs do better in wet conditions than big logs. Of course when selected no one knew it would piss down for the game but Fittler must have been happy when he saw the forecast.

Didnt watch second half so wont give player ratings but will make general observations

Ponga is a great player no doubt but needs to add a conservative, bordering on sensible, part to his game. In those condition you dont go for the big soaring catches mid air. His side step went missing but Tedesco didnt seem to have a problem:) Munster is still the most dangerous and gifted player there but rest of spine did ok especially behind that forward pack. They went missing although Kafusi seemed to give it all. Dont think Gillett has come back the same player post neck nonsense as his Broncos form clearly indicates. McGuire is simply a grub and I dont care how well he plays I would never pick him. The rest were mostly lumbering oafs easily picked off. Our centres lack penetration and therefore the wingers rarely see good ball

Maloney is always worth the risk in must win matches. He will make mistakes but he will also do some brilliant stuff. Turbo Tom is simply all class and a true Origin player. Kevvie said our spine would be better than Game 1. It was an obvious call to make but they still need the forward pack to play well. One thing for certain is the NSW debutantes will be a lot better for Game 3

No doubt for me that Qld were a bit complacent as we are dealing with only footballers after all. The 4 point win at Suncorp was a false dawn and with all the media they just thought they just had to turn up and put on a bit of pressure and NSW would crack. They may well have but of course we never applied any pressure. The wet weather didnt help but that is just a roll of the dice. The penalty try was a 50/50 call but should have eased pressure on QLD and allowed them back into game but instead NSW responded better.

And finally to Angry Kevvie. Give it a miss Son. You have always been the lovable larrikin and this new stern look is not good – and embarrassing when you lose.

The worse thing of course about a NSW win is the gloating league media which always is strongly Blue Biased. The players themselves are fine. NSW will be big favourites for Game 3 of course which may be our only positive to come out of this debacle. With Broncs going south at a rapid rate Rugby League 2019 is looking like a tough year to endure. Maybe time to switch to another sport

If only we had a top female tennis player…….

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