@Spud_Murphy Crichton, Cordner, Morris, and I’m not sold on Murray. I also fear Walker might be a flop in a big game and we can’t afford that given Clearys form.
Cordner and Morris don’t worry me at all, they have plenty of experience and always play well above themselves in Origin. I think that both Crichton and Cleary will lift in the environment. I don’t have a problem with Crichton’s form in any case, I think he has been playing alright. And Walker? Well yes he could turn out to be another Mitchell Pearce on the big stage, or he could go gangbusters in his debut, who knows. I guess we’ll find out on Wednesday.
What I don’t understand is why everyone is holding the Qld team in such high esteem? Morgan hasn’t been in great form and he’s playing out of position at centre, they have no specialist dummy half, Hunt is there and he’s not always good under pressure, DCE hasn’t played for 6 weeks and I don’t think Mbye, Ofahengaue or Napa make for such a great impact off the bench. Their back row is their strength, and of course Munster & Ponga are always dangerous.
I have no doubt DCE will have a big game. Hunt is reliable just not when having to make an important catch. His short kicking can let him down as well, Ofa and Napa are both beasts on their day and game one is a real opportunity for both. Munster is unpredictable. Ponga is a wizard. Morgan is probably the most overrated player in the nrl for mine but he can defend. I guess he and Morris cancel each other out. I reckon it comes down to Ponga vs Cook. Or maybe Mitchell. I don’t know. What I do know is I’ve seen some amazing nsw sides get blown away too many times.