The media are reporting that Michael Ennis and Kurt Gidley are the front runners to replace Robbie Farah for Origin 1, should he not recover from a dislocated elbow in time.
Nahtan Peats anyone? He has been the form hooker of the competition and in the only game he missed for the Eels, they were trounced 56-4 by the Roosters. They have won four of the five games he has played in and their only other loss was to Manly by four points in the 80th minute (at Brookvale).
Peats has provided leadership from the front and has inspired Parramatta to become a team that is to be taken seriously this year after winning back to back wooden spoons.
The Eels are a legitimate chance to finish in the top six based on current form. Yes, we are only six weeks in, but many doubted if the Eels would win four games all season and with a blockbuster looming against the Tigers on Easter Monday, the selectors have a chance to view Peats performance in a big match environment.
I have to question the thinking of the NSW coach and selectors because after eight consecutive series losses, a new approach is required and sticking with the same players that have failed in key positions in the past does not ensure success. It’sthe text book definition of madness doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
How about we give Queensland something to think about this year? We are up against it having to play two games at Suncorp this year. Throw Peats to the lions and see how he fares. He has the spark, the aggression and hunger NSW need to win and to compensate for poor selections in other key areas of the side (ie the halves).
Loz, you were a Raiders legend on the field, but I am seriously doubting your ability off the field as a coach and selector to deliver a series win for NSW. Now is the time to take a risk and Nathan Peats is low risk, high reward. Roll the dice Loz. What have you got to lose?