The writing was on the wall after NSW’s first offensive possessions. The Mighty Maroons locked out Woods and Fifita, slowed down the ruck, and made Pearce look like an amateur footballer (the jury is still out on that).
It is time for the executives of NSWRL to scrap the whole team, Laurie Daley included. There are players in the team who are part of the losing virus of the last decade – Hayne and Morris – and there are players who are quickly being infected with that same losing mentality. Hayne continues to underwhelm and is seen whinging to the referees more than making productive contributions to his team’s performance.
There are players who should not be picked and should not have been picked in recent years – Trent Merrin, Mitchell Pearce, Blake Ferguson and Robbie Farah. A bunch of has-beens and a bunch of had-so-much potential. The contributions by Pearce and Farah to NSW during their Origin careers has been, well, also underwhelming. Without failure, however, they continue to be picked. One must spit our their tea when Robbie holds a presser to announce his intentions to be picked for Origin.
NSW needs to build around the future. In the same we Australian cricket rebuilt after the days of Warne, McGrath, Gilly, Punter and the Waughs, NSW needs to clean the canvas and build around its future stars – James Tedesco and Josh Dugan. Give James Maloney and Tedesco a few years together and you’ll have the same lethal combination we say between Cronk and Slater on the 2017 decider.
And Boyd Cordner – questions need to be raised why the captain’s armband was given to him and even more questions need to be raised over the animosity caused by the media circus when Boyd hurt his leg. Over-running the ball and never a leader on the field the fans just don’t see him as an impact player. An analogy run is making Adam Zampa the captain of the Aussie cricket team or J.R. Smith the leader of Cleveland. These types of athletes are not leaders and should not be given that responsibility. Take Cam Smith off the field for Queensland and you feel his absence. Not so much for Boyd Cordner – leave him on the bench.
NSW must address this disease. Away with Daley. Away with Hayne. Away with Pearce. Away with the politics. NSW and its fan cannot endure another decade of Queensland dominance.