Who Makes Your Origin Team?

Origin Team
23 May, 2018 by Darrin Seath

This year we’re all going to be watching vastly different Origin teams from what we have seen  in the past.

Each Origin Team Protocol

For NSW, Fittler is looking for a new culture. For that he needs new blood. He has a very strong forward pack and he is going to want a backline that can put on points.

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Daley and Stuart’s sides of the past have been about trying to stop QLDs scoring prowess. For a decade it only worked once. Fittler may go for point-scoring ability and just go in with the mentality that, if QLD can score 20 points, we need to be able to score 21.

NSW Weirdest Selection

It sounds crazy but it’s going to be the selection of Cordner as captain. We’ve reached this bizarre point in Origin history where the sides seem to like a long term captain and combination and consistency. Makes sense. However Cordner isn’t the most in form second rower going around at the moment.

QLD have had their hand forced via the retirement of the big three Cronk, Smith and Thurston.

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In addition, injuries to McGuire and Gillett put a shunt in their forward pack.

QLD Weirdest Selection

This selection is going to come purely because QLD won’t have a recognised kicker. Holmes been the most viable option, which may just win him a wing spot and push Darius Boyd out of the side.

With one more round to go before the sides are announced early next week, here are the two Origin sides chosen by BeyondTheGame.TV

NSW

  1. James Tedesco
  2. Josh Addo-Carr
  3. Latrell Mitchell
  4. James Roberts
  5. Tom Trbojevic
  6. James Maloney
  7. Mitchell Moses
  8. Andrew Fifita
  9. Cameron McInnes
  10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard
  11. Tyson Frizell
  12. Boyd Cordner
  13. Jack Debelin
  14. Jake Trbojeciv
  15. Damien Cook
  16. Aaron Woods
  17. David Klemmer

The Notable Changes

No Moylan, no Cleary. While Moylan did a good job last year, his off-the-field drama eventually sent him to the Sharks and it all led to a massive drop in form. Although Cleary is certain to play Origin at some stage, the halfback position will come down to coach-player relationship.

Fittler coached Moses in the world cup and Moses plays a style that Fittler really likes. Fifita in. Yes he turned his attention to Tonga at the world cup, and didn’t handle his Australian selection that well.

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It may have burned the previous NSW regime, but Fittler is an outside the box thinker. Fifita came out and said it’s not about the money and would donate his match fee to charity. If Fittler can get a commitment from the big man, he would be hard to go past.

Finally, the new centre pairing and Josh Addo-Carr. As mentioned earlier, Fittler will be going for points. Mitchell and Roberts faced off last week and both stood each other up in defense, which is a minor concern. But combined with the sleight of hand of Maloney and game awareness of Maloney and Addo-Carr at their disposal on the wing, this new look NSW back line has one thing: Speed to Burn. If QLD go with Inglis and Chambers (which we think they will) they could get found out by pure pace.

QLD

  1. Billy Slater
  2. Valentine Holmes
  3. Greg Inglis
  4. Will Chambers
  5. Dane Gagai
  6. Cameron Munster
  7. Ben Hunt
  8. Dylan Napa
  9. Andrew McCullough
  10. Matt Scott
  11. Gavin Cooper
  12. Coen Hess
  13. Jarrod Wallace
  14. Michael Morgan
  15. Tim Glasby
  16. Felise Kaufusi
  17. Jai Arrow

The Notable Changes

Obviously, as stated above, an almost completely new spine. It’s interesting that Munster will likely be the starting no. 6 considering Morgan is the Australian five eighth. However Munster had one of the best debuts in Origin history last year. Working against Morgan is his versatility.

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Utilities are so important at Origin. Morgan’s ability to cover almost any position will probably see him in the 14 for most of his rep career. We’ve gone with a bigger bench than normal, and that’s because the NSW forward pack is now a formidable force. With a completely new spine, Walters will surely play very conservatively and his bench will compliment a hard up the middle game.

The notable omission is Josh Papalii. He was left out for Kaufasi but you could take an each way bet on that. The big gamble is Ben Hunt. Yes he is the in-form halfback of the competition. The danger is the step up to rep level and his propensity to go for the high risk play more often than not. Origin is about the grind, and this year will either make or break Hunt as a rep player.

Origin This Year

For the first time in a long time QLD go in (at best) even money. Usually north of the border they cry underdog. Even when they had the best spine in the game’s history. But this year  NSW have the edge against a makeshift side.

What do you think of the squads above? Who made your Origin team?

by Darrin Seathcontributor

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