Why should we embrace a team that continually gets filled with players based on name, media hype and favouritism over talent and form? It's gotten to the stage where you just can't anymore because year after year it happens and mistakes are never learned from. Pearce is fucking custard and quite possibly the worst halfback to represent at Origin level (yes Mullen is better than him overall, atleast Mullen can create something, Pearce just kicks the ball and hopes).
It's sad that 10 years ago we had Johns and Barrett with the luxury of Kimmorley, Gower and Anasta all in reserve we were spoiled for quality halves options (yeah ok Anasta wasn't that great but his defensive work in the 05 series was amazing, allowed Johns to run the game) and now we have jack shit. Then we get fairies like Ben Creagh who will get dominated by the QLD pack again and Merrin picked over decent props like Dan Hunt, Luke Douglas, Aiden Tolman and even Brett White would be a better choice.
Yes, Pearce is garbage, but he's the best that we have to pick from with our current stocks. I'd much rather him over that red headed useless cunt Wallace, or Mullen. Our best bet would be to get Carney to play halfback and have Maloney at 6, but in big games Maloney tends to go missing, so it's not really that good of an option. They could take a real punt and pick Sam Williams or McCrone from Canberra, but their youth and inexperience may be a hinderance.
10 years ago we were beyond spoilt and did nothing to continue the development of our players (QLD are developing their guys - when JT and Cronk move on, DCE steps in). Ben Creagh getting selected is an absolute joke and I've made that known since his debut - he's been gash in every Origin game he's played, has been gash all year for the Dragons, and must be great at gobbies or taking it up the arsebecause I see no other reason as to why he got picked, especially with guys like Fulton, Learoyd-Lahrs & Watmough (for starters) not getting looked at. Merrin has been in great form, better than Hunt, so his selection is justified. Tolman and Douglas missing out is a shame, not sure how they can't get a look in.
I support QLD cause of the Storm players obviously..so I don't admit to know too much about the NSW side..but Hayne? Lolreally? What an over rated dud.
When Victorians can see this, and our selectors can't, well, therein lies the issue with our side.