i tell u now NSW are WAY too small. Look at their front row stocks against QLDS and HOW THE FUCK does merrin get picked in front of both sims and woods? jennings and hayne are both jokes stuart has backed himself into a corner if gallen cant hold up the front row they are dead in the water. BTW i didnt know that Creigh had stopped running from his last incounter with big sam?? how do u pick him again?
No idea why Creagh gets picked, when there's several in front of him form wise - Hoffman, Hinchcliffe, Sims, Watmough, Houston, Mateo, Galloway, Woods, Fensom, Learoyd-Lahrs, for starters. An absolute hack who always goes missing in big games.
Merrin has been phenomenal for the Saints and deserves his selection. We need a hardened, dedicated runner who can match it with the big guns, and he's that person.
Our pack might be small, but it's mobile. Queensland only have size in Petero, Scott and that cunt Hannant, whilst we are equipped with Tamou, Gallen & Merrin. The backrow of Bird, G.Stewart & Lewis offer us a lot more than Thaiday, Myles & Harrison. The Maroons big threat off the bench, Taylor, is negated by T-Rex, who before the suspension was the most damaging backrower in the competition, and made mince meat out of the Poms, Kiwis and Welsh last year in the 4 nations.
For mine, the forward battle is mouth watering and pretty even. QLD have the advantage at hooker, with Smith being above Farah, and the rest of the world. The halves, well Cronk shits all over Pearce, but Carney and Thurston is even money. Fullback is intriguing, as Stewart has been great when he's bothered this year, and Slater is just the same old damaging self. Tate and Boyd on the wings for QLD doesn't phase me as Boyd has been absolute gash at the Knights, and Tate is prone to the odd ball drop or 5. Uate should dominate his battle, but Hayne may struggle and be a defensive weakness if he goes searching for the ball. The centres, well, that's a great battle looming between Morris & Inglis, as well as Hodges & Jennings. In regards to Jennings/Hayne, I'm hoping they replicate what Inglis did 2 years ago (play like shit for club side, cop shit from media/fans, play like a beast in game 1 of origin).
Fucking Tigers, they really are pissing me off this season. We have a great side, but cannot play 80 minutes to save ourselves - deplorable opening half, some razzle dazzle saving of our asses to start the 2nd, and just holding on enough at the end. Sure, we're back to 5-5 and in the 8, but we need to improve quite a lot if we're going to challenge for the top 8 at the end of the season. Thankfully Ellis & Heighington aren't far away from a return, which should make our pack stronger, but we need to settle on a fucking halves combo for the remainder of the season (Marshall/Humble suits me) and leave Lawrence in the centres where he belongs - he is not a 5/8 and I wish Sheens would stop trying to force it.