Jenko, Toops in for Origin one; Maloney, Pearce not named as expected

Source: Daily Telegraph.

Source: Daily Telegraph.

Roosters winger Daniel Tupou will make his debut alongside Blues centre stalwart and left-side attack fiend Michael Jennings for the NSW blues next week.

However, as expected coach Laurie Daley has not selected James Maloney or Mitchell Pearce, going instead with the Bulldogs duo of Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson.

Tupou has turned a remarkable rise in the past 18 months and a superb two-try display in the City-Country clash into his first ever State of Origin jersey, beating out the likes of Will Hopoate and Jorge Taufua for a spot.

Jennings was expected to come under pressure for his spot, but the Roosters’ centre has rarely failed at that level of play; meanwhile, his try against the Sea Eagles shows he’s a big-game player.

The dropping of Pearce and Maloney has been expected for the past week since Pearce was stood down for failing to leave a licensed premises in the Cross, and Maloney is not only struggling with a  shoulder injury but with form. The Dogs halves sit atop the ladder, while the Roosters sit outside the eight with a mediocre 5-5 record.

Boyd Cordner would have been a shoo-in for the Blues, but an injury has forced Laurie Daley into dusting the cobwebs off Ryan Hoffman.

NSW Blues
1. Jarryd Hayne
2. Brett Morris
3. Josh Morris
4. Michael Jennings
5. Daniel Tupou
6. Josh Reynolds
7. Trent Hodkinson
8. Aaron Woods
9. Robbie Farah
10. James Tamou
11. Ryan Hoffman
12. Beau Scott
13. Paul Gallen (c)

14. Trent Merrin
15. Anthony Watmough
16. Luke Lewis
17. Tony Williams


2 responses to “Jenko, Toops in for Origin one; Maloney, Pearce not named as expected

  1. In pretty sure that with toups, guerra and friend getting their first elite rep call ups (I’m not counting World Cup) the whole chooks starting lineup now is all current or former reps. Correct me if I’m wrong.
    1. mini (aus,nsw)
    2. Toups (nsw)
    3. Jenko (aus,nsw)
    4. SKD (NZ)
    5. Sheck (NZ)
    6. BBQ (nsw)
    7. MP7 (nsw)
    8. JWH (NZ)
    9. Friend (QLD)
    10. MOA (NZ)
    11. Guerra (QLD)
    12. SBW (NZ)
    13. FPN (NZ)

    Not a bad look.
    Even more if you include World Cup (Evans, napa, casty, langi, liu?) and city/country (maubs, morts?)

    Might not help us salary cap wise in the future but can any other teams boast this?


    • All spot on except for Morts, he hasn’t repped yet I don’t believe. I can’t recall any club that can boast this off the top of my head, probably because it’s pretty damn rare!


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