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    State of Origin 2013: Can the mighty Maroons do it again?

    This year NSW will host games one (June 5) and three (July 17) at ANZ Stadium while Queensland will host game two (June 26) at Suncorp Stadium.

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    It would be nice if it could be arranged for both teams to lose. They're only Australian and winning does not come easy to these people.

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    Did you watch the dominance of the Queensland players in the ANZAC test?

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    Looking at the emerging players, Cam Smith suggested they are looking at 10 in a row, 8

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    on you REDS!!!!!!!!!!!

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    May the worst team lose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robbo View Post
    on you REDS!!!!!!!!!!!

    Errr... Maroons.....

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    If Inglis played for his correct state NSW would win. NSW has been shit ever since Joey retired. Maybe they go with Maloney at 6 and Sutton at lock if they want a more attacking team.

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    State of Origin 2013

    That time of the year, only a few weeks to go.



    Today QRL has gone into damage control mode with the shock leaking of the recent Selectors Panel minutes. Confidential sources have made these minutes available exclusively to the Roar.

    Location: A private room at an undisclosed Caxton St venue.

    Des: Come on guys, settle down and take your seats. Refreshments and snacks are on the table. You will find you each have a full dossier on the available players in front of you.

    Mal: Hey, are those sandwiches? I thought I said I wanted to move us more into the donut and pastry direction this year.

    Allen: Mal, please, we have discussed this before. It's the same caterer we use every year and they are very good at what they do.

    Des: He's right Mal, we all know you've eaten quite a few things in the past, more than most in fact, but lets not try to second guess the pro's on the ground ok? Here, try one of these, Salmon and Watercress (pause)...(sigh).....it's a type of fish Mal.

    Mal: I know that they're good, I was just saying that if they added a few heavier donuts and some sort of light pastry it wou.....uhmm...wow, that is good. A type of fish you say?

    Des: Yes, fish Mal. Now, if you would all open the selection report perhaps we could discuss the problems we face.

    Allen: NSW seems pretty set on Pierce, what are we going do do about that?

    Des: Mal? Your thoughts?

    Mal: How do they make it so light and crem....oh, sorry, Pierce?... Umm, hope they pick him?

    Des: That's pretty much it Mal, do try some of those ones on the side of the platter. And please, open up your folder.

    Allen: Guys, Inglis, Slater..Billy's mum will have a fit if we move him, where do we put Greg? Mal?

    Mal: I can't figure it out.

    Des: Well you're the Coach Mal, you should have some idea, it might help if you opened your folder.

    Mal: No, I mean I have no idea how they can put caviar on a sanga and make it not taste fishy, it's fabulous. I have to say these guys know their stuff. Oh, Inglis? It, ahh, It doesn't really matter where we play him, or if we play him?

    Des: Good...and that's because.....?

    Mal: It only matters that we have him and NSW don't? Hey, my folders' only got last years Courier Mail team lift out in it....

    Allen: Yes Mal, same as we did last year. Are we done?

    Mal: I think we should have orange slices in the room at half time. Can I take those sangas home with me?

    Queensland selectors leak the panel minutes | The Roar

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    The least the Maroons could do is give us back Greg Inglis- he's from bladdy NSW ffs, not even close to the damn border.
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    Surely Qld will start hot favorites, but win or lose I've never seen a bad State of origin yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    Greg Inglis- he's from bladdy NSW ffs, not even close to the damn border.
    Not based on where they are from, tis based on which side (state) they played their first senior game in. not our fault that NSW couldn't recognize his talent early enough but the Maroons did!

    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    The least the Maroons could do is give us back Greg Inglis-
    Shall they play with one hand tied behind their backs too ?

    How about the Maroons play with 7 a side ?

    Poor wittle blues...


    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    but win or lose I've never seen a bad State of origin yet.
    True that.
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    At least 10 in a row,NSWhingers stole one of OUR home games this year , But still
    3-blot.

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    NSW picks their losing team.

    NSW Blues State of Origin team announcement for game one at ANZ Stadium

    LAURIE Daley has named six new faces for his first game as NSW State of Origin coach.

    The side is exactly the same as the one leaked to our very own Phil Rothfield on Saturday.

    Ryan Hoffman, Kurt Gidley and Trent Merrin earned recalls, while James Maloney, Blake Ferguson and Andrew Fifita will debut in Origin I at ANZ Stadium on June 5.

    They replace Brett Stewart (back), Beau Scott (groin), Tim Grant, Todd Carney, Ben Creagh and Tony Williams (all dropped).

    DEBATE: REPLAY OUR LIVE BLOG BELOW

    In notable selections:

    • GIDLEY, a veteran of 12 Origins, will play his first match for the Blues since game III of 2011 after missing last year’s series with a shoulder injury;

    • HOFFMAN, a veteran of five Origins, will play his first match since 2008, when his club coach Craig Bellamy was in charge of the side;

    • STAR Dragon Brett Morris was named on the wing after proving his fitness by returning from injury in last night’s clash against the Panthers;

    • FERGUSON scored the other wing spot ahead of Nathan Merritt, Jorge Taufua and Akuila Uate;

    • JARRYD Hayne was named at fullback for the first time since 2010, with Brett Stewart (back) unavailable;

    • MALONEY slots in at five-eighth, beating incumbent Todd Carney to the hotly contested playmaking role alongside Mitchell Pearce;

    • CAPTAIN Paul Gallen was named in the front row, with incumbent prop Tim Grant dropped;

    • FIFITA will debut off the interchange, with Tony Williams dumped as NSW’s impact bench forward due to poor form;

    • MERRIN reclaimed the bench spot he lost for game three last year, but Tigers tyro Aaron Woods missed out;

    • GLENN Stewart declared himself unavailable, telling Daley he needs more work on his fitness. Stewart missed the opening eight rounds of the competition and feels he's still a couple of games short of reaching the level of strength required for Origin.

    The team: Jarryd Hayne, Brett Morris, Michael Jennings, Josh Morris, Blake Ferguson, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Paul Gallen (c), Robbie Farah (vc), James Tamou, Ryan Hoffman, Luke Lewis, Greg Bird. Interchange: Andrew Fifita, Kurt Gidley, Trent Merrin, Anthony Watmough

    NSW Blues State of Origin team announcement for game one at ANZ Stadium | The Courier-Mail

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    ^ you will note that even NSW beer has abandoned the side.....
    No pride..

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    Roy Masters writes in today's Sydney Morning Herald:

    Why halves hold the key to ending Blues' pain



    Selecting the Roosters' halves to meet Queensland in Wednesday's first State of Origin match is a mission akin to going into the water to fight a shark.

    Based on the Roosters' last match - against the Storm - NSW's combination of half Mitchell Pearce and five-eighth James Maloney will be blood in the water for the Maroons.

    The shark analogy is not original. It was used by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during World War II in relation to sending Commonwealth troops to engage the Japanese in the jungle.

    As we know, Australian and American troops drove the Japanese out of the jungles of New Guinea and the Pacific islands.


    Military leaders, like armchair rugby league commentators, can be horribly wrong.

    Hopefully, by the end of this year's Origin series, Pearce and Maloney will have stopped the Queensland rout.

    But their performance against the Storm perplexed Queenslanders as to why NSW coach Laurie Daley didn't wait until after that game to name his team.

    The Roosters' halves managed only one kick each to open space in the round 11 match.

    Field position is crucial in Origin. A team continually camped in its own half cannot win.

    Pearce, who plays on the right and Maloney on the left, stand very flat. This renders them vulnerable to markers racing from the ruck to hurry their kicks.

    The Storm did this, resulting in Pearce and Maloney kicking only once each to find the seagulls, as Jack Gibson would say.

    Compare this with statistics in the first 10 rounds where the Roosters halves topped the NRL with their combination of 1.9 kicks for Pearce and 2.5 for Maloney, more than double their open space kicks against Melbourne.

    Their other clearing kicks against the Storm - three each - found wingers or Billy Slater in comfortable positions to receive the ball. In other words, their kicking accuracy in finding open territory was only 25 per cent each, compared with Pearce's average in the first 10 rounds of 59.4 per cent and Maloney's 65.8 per cent.

    They still kicked long - Pearce actually gained more territory against the Storm with 186 metres, compared with a 10-round average of 158.8m (Maloney 179m, compared with 185.7m).

    With the Storm's hooker, Cameron Smith, half Cooper Cronk and Slater all in the Queensland team, it's highly likely the Melbourne tactics against the Roosters will be taken into the Maroons camp.

    A flat attack depends on quick play-the-balls, denying the markers time to race out and harass the kicker.

    NSW will need momentum and fast rucks, especially on the tackle preceding the kick, to stop Queensland's markers sprinting out and forcing Pearce and Maloney into poor kicks.

    The interpretation of NRL referees varies with regard to the speed of the ruck, and it's significant the two centremen who officiated at the Roosters-Storm match - Shayne Hayne and Ashley Klein - will control Origin 1. So, whatever the referee-imposed rulings and rhythm of the ruck in the Roosters-Storm match, it satisfied the men who appointed them to Origin 1.

    Slow play-the-balls will allow the Queensland markers to play havoc with NSW kickers but fast play-the-balls will allow the Maroons captain, Smith, to run wild from dummy-half.

    NSW coach Daley has obviously done his homework on Pearce's nine games for the Blues, and probably concluded he plays better on the right than the left.

    It's been reported Maloney will have a steadying influence on Pearce, a major challenge considering the five-eighth will have enough trouble calming his own nerves in his first Origin match.

    Maloney is a steely character, and his goal-kicking could be crucial. Should he win Origin I with a soaring sideliner, his performance will be more Clive Churchill than Winston.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bazzy
    Military leaders, like armchair rugby league commentators, can be horribly wrong.

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    ^ whatever happens he was right.

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    Fag


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    Just a fat black kunt



    No white footballers in QLD hey
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    BLUES

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    With all the hype about the banana bender's winning streak the real winners have been the fans no matter who you support

    I cannot remember a bad game with this series being the premier event on the global league calender if not Rugby (both codes) in general.

    Always close, great passion and just a few champions separating the teams over the last 10 years.

    It would be great to see the Blues win and based on form they maybe have a side that can do it this year.

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    Fuck me Bobo,the blues are hardly a whiter shade of pale themselves.Whole team is full of coons and coconuts.Fifita,Tamou and Greg"I'll glass you up"Bird,not exactly Caucasian is they?

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    ^ I personally don't give a fuck what colour they are as long as they put on a good show.

    Maroon versus Blue are the only colours that matter.

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    Just havin a crack at a black mate in queensland all good, going to be a great series again same as always GO THE BLUES

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