State of Origin v2

0 Submitted by on Mon, 15 April 2013, 21:39

It’s been two weeks since my first shot at picking the Blues origin team and, whilst two weeks is a long time in footy, I have only made one change to the first version – that being to drop Tim Grant and bring in Trent Merrin. I think Merrin’s form in an under-performing Saints side has been outstanding. He leads the competition in offloads and would be a great asset coming off the bench for NSW. I think Tim Grant is a great player but I would rather retain Ryan James for impact and size off the bench. Besides, I think players like Aaron Woods and Ryan James will be the cornerstone of the Blues side for the next 7-10 years. Woods must surely be in the top 3 best props in the game at the moment.

I’ve kept Josh Reynolds on the bench for utility value although everyone seems to love Kurt Gidley. He hasn’t played for long while, never been part of a successful Blues campaign, captained the side from the reserves bench….what the hec do the selectors see in him?? Here’s my team.

1. B Stewart

2. J Hayne

3. M Jennings

4. J Morris

5. B Morris

6. J Maloney

7. M Pearce

8. A Woods

9. R Farah

10. J Tamou

11. G Bird

12. L Lewis

13. P Gallen (C)

14. J Reynolds

15. T Merrin

16. Ryan James

17. A Watmough

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