It’s that point of the yr when the lounge room warriors decide their State of Origin groups, so right here goes.
Queensland since day dot have constructed their success on combos, with the core of their groups coming from the Broncos, Storm and Cowboys. They’re gamers who play with one another week in, week out, and their combos set in stone by membership, state and Australian illustration.
That is the idea of my Blues workforce. I’ve restricted the variety of groups we’re pulling our gamers from, and 50/50 selections have gone the way in which of the participant who has performed with the opposite workforce members earlier than.
SOS preparation is proscribed and subsequently there’s not the time to fulfill and greet. My workforce combines loyalty, kind and combos.
- James Tedesco
- Daniel Tupuo
- Latrell Mitchell
- Jack Wighton
- Josh Ado-Carr
- Luke Keary
- Adam Reynolds
- David Klemmer
- Damien Prepare dinner
- Paul Vaughan
- Boyd Cordner
- Tyson Frizzell
- Jake Trbojevic
- Mitch Aubusson
- Reagan Campbell-Gillard
- Angus Crighton
- Tariq Sims
- Cameron Murray
- Tyronne Peachey
1. James Tedesco
He picks himself. He’ll excel with the combos round him. He’ll profit from taking part in with Damien Prepare dinner for a second yr. He was final yr’s ‘actual’ participant of the collection.
2. Daniel Tupuo
He’s been there earlier than. Blake Ferguson is in kind however failed to indicate for preseason Blues bonding and has a historical past in camp. Tupuo has the mixture with the Roosters left edge, which is essential on each assault and defence. With Adam Reynolds’s kicking sport and Tupou being one of the best within the air, they are going to be a relentless menace.
three. Latrell Mitchell
He’s in kind, he simply must become involved.
four. Jack Wighton
He’s simply forward of Josh Morris. With Aubusson on the bench to cowl centre, he supplies cowl for Tedesco and Keary. He began his profession within the centres and he supplies pace, power and talent.
5. Josh Ado-Carr
He had an important yr final yr and he’s an important finisher and ball returner.
6. Luke Keary
He’s the shape participant and Churchill Medalist. He’s forward of Cody Walker due to his mixture with Tedesco and the Roosters left facet, and he has additionally performed with Adam Reynolds, so he hyperlinks with the Souths connection. Don’t underestimate the significance of a backbone that has combos.
7. Adam Reynolds
He’s additionally forward of Cody Walker, who is simply too much like Luke Keary. Reynolds is an organiser who has the flexibility to kick Queensland to demise. He’s the hyperlink to each Prepare dinner and Keary. The mix with Crighton received’t damage both. He has performed SOS earlier than so received’t be starry-eyed.
eight. David Klemmer
Powerful and robust. Sufficient mentioned.
9. Damien Prepare dinner
He was presumably the stand-out participant final collection, maybe with Tedesco – and that’s regardless of Origin judges voting for, Slater who performed simply two video games. Truthfully, is Slater nonetheless an opportunity regardless of being retired? He shall be higher once more after taking part in with Tedesco final yr and having his Souths teammate Reynolds calling the pictures.
10. Paul Vaughan
He was there final yr and bought the job finished.
11. Boyd Cordner
Captain and a member of Roosters left edge.
12. Tyson Frizell
He was there final yr and he’s an impression participant.
13. Jake Trbojevic
Once more, he was there final yr and he takes strain off the halves. He’s an automated choice.
14. Victor Radley
He’s a geniune second-rower but additionally cowl for Prepare dinner. He will get the nod over Cameron Murray simply on dimension – Murray is an 80-minute participant, whereas the bench will want impression.
15. Mitch Aubuuson
He has utility worth plus combines with the Rooster connection. He received’t be wasted on the bench as he can get in and roll up his sleeves and make a thousand tackles whereas the large boys take a breather.
16. Reagan Campbell-Gillard
He was there final yr and he’s a giant bopper who will present impression off the bench.
17. Tariq Sims
He will get the nod based mostly on final yr.
18. Cameron Murray
He’s in kind and the proper 18th man. He can slot into the workforce with sturdy combos with Prepare dinner and Reynolds. He’s unfortunate to overlook a spot.
19. Tyronne Peachey
I might have him on standby on the night time in case of any last-minute warm-up mishaps. He’s down on kind and taking part in pissed off; nevertheless, he was nice on the bench final yr and needs to be in and across the workforce.
There are 4 debutants, however three are from the Roosters and have performed grand finals and shall be surrounded by acquainted faces. It was a 50/50 with Jack Wighton over Josh Morris. Jack has dimension, pace and talent, however he isn’t presently taking part in centre, plus he may be conserving Tommy Turbo’s spot heat.
However Josh Morris has been there and finished that and could be this yr not marking Greg Inglis. Josh wouldn’t be a starry-eyed debutant. I’ve gone with Jack purely on kind, and it’s a good time to make his debut, with so many skilled gamers round him.
It was a extremely robust name to go away out James Maloney and Nathan Cleary. Maloney is a confirmed big-match winner, however Luke Keary additionally has two premierships to his title and is in kind, plus he’s a part of the profitable Roosters left edge.
With Nathan Cleary it was robust – he’s younger and going to get significantly better, however with Maloney gone he lacks cohesion with the remainder of the workforce. Adam Reynolds has been there earlier than, combines effectively with Prepare dinner and Keary and is coming from a profitable atmosphere.
The bench, with taking part in two all-rounders in Radley and Aubusson, does lack a participant like Cody Walker who might put the concern of god right into a tiring pack, however Radley might be able to present Prepare dinner with a breather to permit him to come back again on and use his pace on tiring forwards.