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Posted: Fri 23 Jun, 2017 6:42 pm
I can't disagree with a word he said. I too thought it was unbelievable.Spud Murphy wrote: ↑Fri 23 Jun, 2017 5:54 pmByron Bay Fan wrote: ↑Fri 23 Jun, 2017 11:11 amhttp://www.msn.com/en-au/sport/rugby-le ... spartanntp
Former New South Wales State of Origin coach Tom Raudonikis has launched an extraordinary attack on the Blues side, calling for two high profile players to be axed for game three in Brisbane.
The Blues squandered a 16-6 lead in game two, with Queensland winning 18-16 to level the series at one-game all.
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Raudonikis has used his appearance on Channel Nine’s NRL Footy Show to call for changes.
“Jarryd Hayne, on your performance, especially the second half, I wouldn’t pick you for the third and deciding game,” Raudonikis said.
“When you made the break down the left hand side, you had (Brett) Morris outside and you decided to go inside. Mate I didn’t know what you were doing then, you pass him the ball, he scores.”
Hayne has come in for criticism for his performance, which also saw him attempt a flick pass behind his back that went into touch.
But Raudonikis didn’t just single out Hayne for the axe.
“We have to make two changes, one’s Hayne, he’s got to go, he misses too many tackles and he’s not as good as he thinks he is,” the former Blues coach said.
“And the other bloke who’s got to go is (Mitchell) Pearce, didn’t see him in the second half, what did he do? Nothing?
“When you’ve got a player … Johnathan Thurston, running around the oval with a crook shoulder and a crook knee, and nobody hit him. Is he a protected species? Why wasn’t Pearce on him?”
Raudonikis said the Blues lost their way after half time.
“I couldn’t believe NSW got beaten. Can’t believe it. Did not score a point in the second half, that is disgraceful. I really mean that.
“NSW in the first half, right down to the script, well done Laurie Daley.
“(But) what did you say to the boys at half time, because they had to score at least another try to make sure they won the game, but they went out and played like they were defending.”
Raudonikis’ comments echo those of another former Blues halfback, with Andrew Johns labelling the NSW second half performance as the “dumbest” they’ve ever played.
Hahaha! Tommy can be a bit of a dropkick sometimes, but he's definitely got it right here - tells it like it is. "Hayne, he's got to go, he misses too many tackles and he's not as good as he thinks he is" - Classsic!