Halves create, that’s the primary task of their job. If you don’t have that, you need to look elsewhere.
Alright i'll stop you there. You said earlier in your post that NSW should basically stack their side with guys that are defensive machines. In the exact same post you say that if you have halves that can't create you need to look elsewhere. The two points are at odds with each other when our best halfback is Pearce. Wallace isn't much better either.
This is what i'm talking about when you have no idea on anything else other than the bare stats you see in front of you. You can't stack your side with ball playing forwards, or stack it with guys who only run on the edges or only run it through the middle. NSW needs to pick blokes who may not have the best statistical output in terms of tackles made compared to missed, but can compensate for the lack of originality and playmaking in the halves.
Its why guys like Tony Williams get selected even when not playing too much club football, he has the ability to create something out of nothing. Queensland can afford to play Myles, Harrison, Parker as a back row, they don;t need those guys to do anything other than defend the line and make the tough metres to get it out of their end of the park. They know that Cronk, Thurston, Smith, Slater or Inglis will make the right plays when in attack.
NSW selected Stewart, Carney, Pearce and Farah. Of those Stewart is getting up in age, is injury prone and i don't think he's good enough anymore especially when Hayne is getting wasted on the wing, and Dugan who is a player we can build around for the future isn't getting a look in. Carney is fine, he needs more time to show he can handle the pressure. Farah surprised me and was NSW's best player for much of the series but Pearce is an utter donkey. He can't defend, he can't create, his kicking game is mediocre and he's not a strong ball runner either. He is an average NRL quality half, but when you have a guy like him in your side then you need to have other creative players hence Stewart, Williams, Watmough in the back row. Being a Manly fan i watch them week in week out and while they all give away far too many penalties and miss too many tackles they more than make up for it in attack.
And in spite of all that they got mightily close to beating the Queenslanders anyway. Even while having the poorer team on paper, they still almost got the series win. My whole argument with you is that stats only tell half the story, yet you rely entirely on them, and your own statistical judgement on what a player must statistically achieve.