Year in and year out, game in and game out we always seem to be shocked, excited, disappointed and anxious after the Origin teams are released. 2017 is no different.
Lets take it one snub (or selection) at a time.
No Valentine Holmes:
We can semi-understand this one. Honestly, I find it weird that Holmes is good enough to represent his country but wasn’t able to crack his state side. Oates has been a beast this season, so I wont crucify Walters for this selection. There are other opportunities to come.
Aiden Guerra and Nate Myles getting selected:
I was close to including Lillyman on this list but to be frank, these two in particular have almost gone out of their way to be bad in recent months.
Guerra has been shithouse since the midway point of last season and Myles hasn’t been able to pull his weight at club level as a sort of ‘marquee’ player.
Walters is using the Meninga tactics when he should be revamping the squad to his own liking.
No Billy Slater:
Surely someone’s having a laugh with this one. If Boyd couldn’t play any other position I’d semi understand. For Boyd to be an international level winger and hold a historic try-scoring record in origin from the Wing is another point all together.
Slater has terrorized teams all over the country and he can’t get a look in for a jersey that’s rightfully his? Smh
Mitchell Pearce chosen:
Disclaimer, I’m a dog person, I love our furry four legged friends. With that said, Pearce is the most deserving half in the competition to pull on the Blue jumper this year.
Don’t for one second think he’s played poorly or that there is anyone else more fitting to take the halfback jersey away from him. He’s played in the past, played erratically and not to an origin level.
This season, were actually seeing a different style from Pearce, which bodes well for how he’ll perform in the series. Level headed, composed and acting as a conductor, which is how Cronk and Thurston play for QLD.
No Robbie Farah:
There is a God.
No Paul Vaughn:
This snub has single handedly damaged the reputation of the NSW selection committee and Laurie Daley’s credibility as a coach.
If he loses this series he will be out. Making poor uninformed decisions by excluding the form front-rower in the competition is a hammer blow to the aspirations of all budding young NSW forwards.
Daley needs a good backhand to help him see the error of his ways. Jack De Belin and Jordan Mclean were chosen in the extended squad before Vaughn!
Aaron Woods chosen:
I’m not the biggest Woods fan. I don’t think he plays hard enough. I don’t think he’s currently in the top 10 Front Rowers in our game.
Laurie is making it extremely hard for himself to be liked by the NSW public win or lose. Queensland has offered us a gift by omitting Holmes and Slater and bringing back Guerra, Lillyman and Myles.
The least we could do is bring someone like Vaughn who could show some toughness and capitalise on these areas of weakness. Woods has never been that guy.
I’m almost insulted that Walters thinks that he can win by snubbing an international winger in Holmes, a potential immortal in Slater and bring back a couple of the old guard who are so far beyond the hill you can’t even see them in the horizon. It should add more starch to the attitudes within the Blues pack.
By Nik Hatzi