Monday, 21 May 2012
Well, its that time again, State Of Origin kicks off this Wednesday 23rd May 2012.This first game is marred by some controversy with the first game being played in Melbourne, home of the AFL.This has upset some of the diehard fans but I guess in order for the game to grow the BIG games have to be held elsewhere to show those other states just what they are missing out on.Better the first game than the second or third I would say.
It will be a mammoth task for the blues, who Captain,Paul Gallen is nursing a knee injury and a strained thigh muscle.They are up against a well trained and disciplined Queensland side.Queensland have 6 straight series wins under their belt, and are going for their seventh.
Could Gallens fitness prove detrimental? There is no doubt the side are stronger with Gallen in the side but will his injuries hold up for 90 minutes of pounding defence from Queensland.? Should he have stood down to allow NSW the best opportunity.He "pulled up well" after a contact traning session yesterday.He hasn't been able to train with the side and missed a few few training sessions, something I think is really important going into a State Of Origin clash.Time will tell and we will all know Wednesday night.
NSW have named many debutants in their lineup and will need to concentrate on completing their sets of six to give themselves the best opportunity against Queensland side.
Queensland are not without their problems with their captain Cameron Smith,struck done with a upper respiratory infection.The hooker has only ever missed one origin game in his 25 Origin game history.
Meninga says there is no plans to rush a shadow player in at this stage.
Queensland are of course favourites, and it will take all of thr Blues strength and more to topple such a well trained side.
Paul Gallen should have stood down?