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You're dreaming!The problem with Jake is that he would put so much more pressure on whoever is halfback. Someone like Cameron Smith can control a game from hooker but Jake's strengths have always lied elsewhere (being quick around the ruck). Even today it's obvious he's a manufacturered hooker and not a natural. Would either need Morgan to really step up and control the team at halfback or DCE to be at his organising best for Granville to be a success. God help us all if they put Hunt at 7.
Could definitely see Jake having a wholehearted game though and someone like Fatty raving on about how courageous he is. No-one can ever fault Jake for not trying.
Not sure why you have a vendetta against Lowe, or why you think he’d get smashed in origin considering he’s been on the big stage and more than held his own. Currently playing real good footy for one of the top sides in the comp. Hard to look past that given the lack of options we have.Lowe would get smashed in Origin. I think he’d be quite ineffectual.
Moga is 1000/1 to play Origin.
Ofa started the year poorly but has been good coming off the bench for Brisbane. Fifita would 100% be in my side if he was getting minutes at Brisbane, but seibold is a muppet and hasn’t been bringing him on until the second half.Ofahengaue will get selected before someone like Lowe. As he should, he's having a better year. I still think they'll pick Fifita over Lowe as well.
Has to be Keary/Walker surely. I get the sneaky suspicion that Freddy stays loyal to Cleary and picks Keary at 6 with him which is great for QLD.They really have 3 options imo
Walker and Reynolds,
Keary and Reynolds
Walker and Keary
Freddy is big on combinations and the first two are the current and premiership winning Rabbitohs halves combos.
Cronk has been great for Keary since he has been at the Roosters. He'd handle halfback at Origin and Walker is the form five eighth of the competition.
They can't possibly go with the incumbents with how they've been playing.
Would swap Lowe with David Fifita otherwise should be pretty close to what they pick imo.Has to be Keary/Walker surely. I get the sneaky suspicion that Freddy stays loyal to Cleary and picks Keary at 6 with him which is great for QLD.
Here’s my final qld side heading into the weekend. A shame about Welch’s injury, reckon he was in strong contention for a spot on the bench. Reckon Ofahengaue is a lock to make his debut now. Has been really good for the donkeys coming off the bench.
This is probably the most reliable side we can field IMO without handing debuts to guys who have Steven Bradbury’d their way into contention (Granville I’m looking at you). McGuire might not wear 9 on his back, but I think he will start there. Hunt to come on for Napa after the opening 20 when the intensity dies down a little, with McGuire reverting back to lock, Arrow shifting to the front row and Hunt to hooker. After Thumpers performance on the weekend, I think it’s more likely than not that he is picked due to his experience, though it’s not what I’d do if were selector.
If we can find someone to play centre, and Hunt is able to play 80 in the middle, than that’ll do wonders for the balance of the side with Morgo reverting back to 14. If DCE is ruled out than god help us. Will completely change the make up of our side.