With only hours till the release of the NSW State of Origin Team The Back Five has combine their minds to come with a team they would like to see.
Fullback: James Tedesco
Despite being relatively out of form there is no doubt that James Tedesco is the number one choice the #1 role in the Blues squad. His speed, evasiveness and underrated ball skills has him ahead of the other contenders.
Wingers: Blake Ferguson, Jarryd Hayne
Wing spots have now become tricky with certain bolter Tom Trbojevic going down injured on Saturday but NSW still have a decent few to chose from. I’ve gone with Ferguson down one flank. A few years back the Roosters winger made Darius Boyd his whipping boy and with the Brisbane Fullback odds on to placed on the wing Ferguson gets the nod.Whilst we’re also calling for the Hayne plane to come back again. Always shows up for Origin regardless of form – much like the Queenslanders who are picked every year – and could be a game breaker.
Centres: Jack Bird, James Roberts
Jack Bird proved last year that he is ready for Origin with an extremely cool head for a 22 and he is both tenacious and unselfish on the other side we’ve gone with speed in James Roberts only just back form injury we want to see him in the squad terrorizing QLD outside backs.
Halves: Mitchell Pearce, Nathan Cleary
Mitchell Pearce is a perennial Origin loser, dog fucker (or offseason scandal king), and is still somehow the best, and most inform halfback in NSW. Says a lot about their chances. Cleary looks like he will be in the team for years to come so why not blood him when he is still young, and in good enough form? Who knows maybe he will bring the best out of Pearce
Props: Aaron Woods, Paul Vaughan
Now we are getting to the good stuff, where NSW have a crop of quality to chose from. I’ve gone with Aaron Woods despite his recent injury as he usually puts in a solid performance. Alongside him it has to be Paul Vaughan, the Dragons prop has been on another level this season and his performances should be rewarded.
Hooker: Cameron McInnes
NSW give out of form hookers a shot every year (Farah where you at?), and fail. Why not give a young bloke a chance to learn, and show himself off on the biggest stage? Low missed tackle rate whilst making a lot of tackles, and low error rate makes this pick even more appealing
2nd Row: Boyd Cordner, Tyson Frizell, Jake Trbojevic
No self debate about these choices, Boyd Cordner is arguably the best back rower in the game right now, Tyson Frizell showed last year that he is origin material with and Jake Trbojevic is arguably the best tackler in the game. Whats also great about these three is that they are all capable of playing 80 minutes.
Bench: Andrew Fifita, Tyson Frizell, David Klemmer and Tyrone Peachey
Fifita is an can be guilty of a few errors in his game, but you don’t have to be a genius to be a good prop with a good work rate. Frizell is a strong ball runner off the bench. Klemmer is the third bench forward who is yet another meter machine, and can also play defence. The bench utility role goes to Peachy because he is versatile, and is a pretty good player.
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