SO that was Origin II?
The thing about the series which is intriguing is that one game will be riddled with controversy and rancour and the next will be just as enthralling to watch but have fewer talking points.
That’s not to say there’s nothing worth talking about today.
Billy Slater’s knee injury has him in doubt for Origin III and the performance of Akuila Uate under the high ball will no doubt be poured over in the weeks ahead. Should NSW change a winning team?
There were also a couple of contentious refereeing decisions. Was Johnathan Thurston’s strip before Josh Morris’ try legitimate? And Queensland should have certainly been the recipients of a line dropout in the second half when Michael Jennings knocked the ball out of Brent Tate’s hands.
But with Petero Civoniceva making his farewell and a full house in three weeks, I still think the Blues will be right up against it in the final match of the series. Queensland by 12.
IRELAND coach Mark Aston makes a great point about the current set-up in the Home Nations, which mirrors the southern hemisphere where NSW and Queensland are recruiting the guts out of other countries.
The advent of the England Knights cuts off Ireland, Scotland and Wales from a lot of players who might be tossing up which country to play for.
This is a legacy of the chase for Sport England funding. With the departure of Richard Lewis, it’s time for a re-think regarding Great Britain and we should revisit the idea of Lions tours.