NSW Origin Selections Mark II: the straight(er) dope, by @ItsMitchell180

Source: Brisbane Times

Source: Brisbane Times

We at 26 Rounds love our experts on Origin, yet can never find one at a drop of a hat. So again, we revert to the random musings of a Storm fan who lives on the border of New South Wales and Queensland.

Yep, here’s @ItsMitchell180‘s reaction to the NSW team announcement. Enjoy.

New South Wales Team for Origin II

1. Jarryd Hayne.

Tremendous and stupendous are just two words to describe Jarryd’s performance in game one. Thankfully common sense prevailed and he wasn’t moved into the centres as was rumoured.

2.Will Hopoate.

His is a deserved selection, but he’s played right centre all year for Parramatta and has been selected as right winger. He’ll be tested under the high ball.

3. Josh Dugan.

A fullback who has been picked in the centres for his club in an effort to grab an Origin berth has apparently worked after a hat-trick against an abysmal squad. The mind boggles, sometimes.

4. Michael Jennings.

He was solid in game one but needs more quality ball in game two.

5. Daniel Tupou.

Got better as the game went on; but NSW needs to exploit his height advantage more.

6. Josh Reynolds.

He did what was expected of him in game one. But they’ll need even more in game two.

7. Trent Hodkinson.

His kicking game in game one was solid enough, but his bombs to the wings need improvement.

8. Paul Gallen.

He’s been shifted up to the front of the bus, and should provide more than Woods.

9. Robbie Farah.

Tackled, tackled again and tackled some more in game one without overplaying his hand. Game two demands more of the same.

10. Aaron Woods

Keeps his starting spot, but must actually do something in this game.

11. Ryan Hoffman.

NSW need to attack the left more and Hoffman is a left side hole running specialist.

12. Beau Scott.

I’m happy to have been corrected on Beau. He came up with crucial tackles, especially late in the game. He’s been planted on the right side to protect Dugan.

13. Greg Bird.

His experience makes him an automatic selection, but no penalties please!

Interchange: 

14. James Tamou

Hopefully he can add some impact off the bench against the tired forwards… but go forward, son!

15. Anthony Watmough.

He provides an impact from bench, and always does his job. Here’s hoping he shakes Daly Cherry-Evans’ hand after another win!

16. Trent Merrin.

Drew the long straw, with Tony Williams getting the short one.

17. Luke Lewis.

Always does his job from the bench.

Is this the team to give us long suffering Blues fans a chance to finally say ‘New South Wales wins State of Origin series’ for the first time ever on Twitter?

Lets hope so…

#oneinarow

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