Five things we learnt from last night’s game
May 24, 2012
1. Queensland own the last 10 minutes of Origin games.
It was obviously highly controversial when Greg Inglis was awarded the try that put the game out of reach for the Blues, but it was the result of the sort of late-game pressure that is the trademark of the Maroons. They never panic and they make a point of playing like men possessed to the end of the game, and it’s up to NSW to meet that challenge or it will be seven series losses in a row.
2. Robbie Farah is an ‘‘Origin player’’.
Farah was the main reason NSW got to the lead early. He was doing great work out of dummy half, and his kick for Akuila Uate to score was pinpoint. The game naturally got more difficult for him after Queensland came into it, but he kept working hard and looking for opportunities. It seemed like he had stopped the late Queensland try to Greg Inglis with his boot, but the video referee thought otherwise.
3. Jarryd Hayne is an Origin specialist.
It might be frustrating for Eels fans to watch, considering he hasn’t been at his best this season, but when Hayne puts on a NSW jersey it seems to automatically mean that he plays brilliantly. It wasn’t clear if he was told to go looking for the ball or whether he took it upon himself to roam, but he put himself in positions to make things happen. It was a fabulous performance.
4. Todd Carney needs more time at this level.
There appeared to be a good chance Carney would excel at Origin from the start, so good a player is he. It didn’t work out that way, but that’s no shame. He’ll learn a lot from last night, presuming he remains in the team. Better to bank on him building on the experience in game two than start looking for alternatives at this stage.
5. Paul Gallen is not human.
Well, he can’t be, can he? How does he keep racking up the phenomenal numbers that he does in club and representative matches, no matter what the result? The Blues captain was the biggest metre-eater on the field - on either side - and most of his contributions were of high quality. He missed a lot of training in the lead-up to the match because of injury, but was still great. Amazing.