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    Default Origin Game 2: New South Wales v Queensland (2011)

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    Default Stuart wants to keep his Blues

    AAP Thu, May 26, 2011 - 3:26 PM

    NSW coach Ricky Stuart has touched down in Sydney, saying he hopes to have all his State of Origin game one players available for selection ahead of the next clash with Queensland in Sydney.

    NSW was gallant in defeat on Wednesday night, going down to Queensland 16-12 in the opener of the three-match Origin series at Suncorp Stadium.

    Speaking to reporters at Sydney Airport, Stuart said he hoped to have the same players available to him to choose from for game two.

    "I just hope the 17 are fit and available for selection come game two," he said.

    But Stuart admitted NSW would have to improve their execution if they were to defeat Queensland in three weeks' time.

    "The little things, we've got to be better at, and when we've got a very new football team we can be better," he said.

    "This is a very new team. That was the first game they've all played together and that's the way I see it, that's the way I'm looking at it."

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    The NSWRL will announce the team for Game 2 at 5pm this Sunday.

    Will Lewis and Gidley be a part of it?

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    Barring injuries I don't see why not. I know lots of ppl weren't happy with Gaz' performance but I don't see him being dropped. So unfortunately, I don't see how either Hayne or Idris would be able to get a spot.

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    Ah I wouldn't say it was unfortunate... me being a Queenslander it doesn't rate too highly to me. But it'll be interesting what they do with Gidley.

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    I'm guessing bench utility spot?

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    I think the first thing they should do is make Gidley captain and then worry about where he plays later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaos View Post
    I think the first thing they should do is make Gidley captain and then worry about where he plays later.
    So he can watch and captain from the sideline again?? Gallen will be captain, he lost nothing in his last game. Gidley will come in for Young on the bench. Hopefully morris will be ruled out and Hayne will play on the wing.. Lewis in for Creagh? You cannot leave Lewis and Gidley out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaos View Post
    I think the first thing they should do is make Gidley captain and then worry about where he plays later.
    No way Gallen earned his spot & should keep his Captaincy without question
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    Default Sterling Gold: Three changes the Blues must make

    Peter Sterling NRL.com Wed, Jun 01, 2011 - 10:30 AM

    It was easy to understand the frustration expressed by Blues coach Ricky Stuart over the weekend when interviewed about Origin selection for Game II.

    He was bewildered that there could be such a strong call for stability before the series opener, yet after going so close to achieving a win there has been so much talk about a number of heads that could roll.

    One thing he has continually stated since taking over the full-time job was that NSW has suffered for too long on the back of constant personnel changes, not only year-to-year but game-to-game.

    Last year the Blues used 30 players in their campaign; Queensland used 19.

    Ricky did point out however that he couldn't be "blindly loyal", suggesting that after a stringent review of the opening encounter he was open to some change.

    Like everyone, I have an opinion of what is needed and for what it is worth this is the way I would go if I was sole selector.

    Firstly if the hamstring strain sustained by Brett Morris was to rule him out, the obvious replacement on the wing would be Jarryd Hayne.

    Ricky's policy is to pick position specialists, but Jarryd has already shown that he not only handles being on the flank at this elite level ? he excels. In 2009 he took out the Brad Fittler medal as NSW's best after playing all three games on the wing.

    Outside of injuries there would be two changes that I would make.

    I believe Kurt Gidley has to be in the 17 and would have been at Suncorp if he had been fit to take his place. He would come on to the bench for the very unlucky Dean Young.

    Gidley is the perfect interchange player not only because he covers so many positions, giving the team enormous flexibility, but also due to the energy that he provides when sent into the action.

    He has the knack of immediately playing up-tempo and in Origin matches that kind of lift can prove invaluable in changing momentum at key times.

    Despite just one game back from injury he is a superb athlete, and after watching his 80-minute effort against the Eels there are no fitness concerns.

    Two late match-saving tackles in the closing minutes were a true test for his shoulder and another full game against the Tigers this weekend will ensure that he is ready to go.

    The other inclusion would be prop Michael Weyman who has worn a sky blue jersey the last two campaigns.

    I rate him the best metre-getter south of the Maroon border, with the huge bonus of a very quick play-the-ball for such a big unit.

    After missing three matches for the Dragons earlier in the season he is now back to full fitness and has again been a big contributor to their record joint-venture club winning streak.

    Queensland gained the early ascendency in Origin I with the forward roll they enjoyed in the opening 20 minutes. This needs to be addressed by the Blues who need to fight fire with fire, and I don't think there is a better go-forward player available than Weyman.

    I agonised over which of the four front-rowers would make way for his selection and eventually opted for Trent Merrin. I liked his 25-minute debut effort and I'm certain he will be a representative player for many years to come but in a must-win, series-saving encounter I went for the superior experience of the other props.

    Because of the qualities I mentioned pertaining to Weyman, he would be in my run-on side.

    Peter Sterling's NSW lineup for State of Origin II
    1. Josh Dugan
    2. Jarryd Hayne
    3. Michael Jennings
    4. Mark Gasnier
    5. Akuila Uate
    6. Jamie Soward
    7. Mitchell Pearce
    8. Michael Weyman
    9. Michael Ennis
    10. Kade Snowden
    11. Beau Scott
    12. Greg Bird
    13. Paul Gallen

    14. Ben Creagh
    15. Tim Mannah
    16. Jason King
    17. Kurt Gidley

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    I think the Blues will give in and name Hayne.

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    I don't know why Gidley is seen as a saviour, at least Hayne has done something at Origin level. As a QLD supporter though I wish they could clone Gidley and play two of him, double the mediocrity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaos View Post
    I think the first thing they should do is make Gidley captain and then worry about where he plays later.
    I was having a shot at you stupid C0ckroaches...choosing Gildey as captain and having him on the bench was the worst decision in League history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwigibo View Post
    I don't know why Gidley is seen as a saviour, at least Hayne has done something at Origin level. As a QLD supporter though I wish they could clone Gidley and play two of him, double the mediocrity.
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    I was having a shot at you stupid C0ckroaches...choosing Gildey as captain and having him on the bench was the worst decision in League history.
    Ditto.

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    NSW fans set to sell out ANZ Stadium for State of Origin II against Queensland

    MEMO Darren Lockyer and Queensland: The "House Full" sign is ready to be posted at ANZ Stadium for the first time in six years.

    Buoyed by the Blues' brave performance in the opening match, The Daily Telegraph can reveal that State of Origin II at Homebush on June 15 is within days of being an 82,000 sell-out.

    Tired of hearing about Queensland's passion and pride, the Blue Army is on the march. As of last night, 76,000 seats had been sold or committed, with ANZ Stadium officials believing the remaining 6000 will be snapped up within the next week.

    Sydney fans have been accused of apathy in recent years. But ticket sales have been strong since Origin I.

    The last official Origin sell-out in Sydney was game two in 2005 when 82,389 people turned out.

    "There is real vibe about State of Origin at the moment," said ANZ Stadium chief executive Daryl Kerry.

    "Anyone out there wanting to go to the match should get out there and buy a ticket now. I wouldn't be waiting. It is going to be a big night."

    Former NSW enforcer Steve Roach urged fans to get out to Homebush. "Enough is enough." Roach said. "We've all got to get out there. I reckon it means more to get out there and cheer the team when they are behind in the series.

    "Everyone can cheer a winner."

    Blatchy's Blues - the supporter group of NSW fans who sit together in blue wigs at the arena's northern end - will number 8500 for the match.Men of League Foundation patron and former Blues skipper Bob McCarthy is asking fans to wear their sky blue shirts and jumpers to work on June 15. "Since State of Origin started in 1980, Queenslanders have claimed that they are more passionate on-field and more parochial off the field," McCarthy said.

    "On the day of Origin I, Queenslanders, particularly in Brisbane, created a Maroon-wash of the CBD by wearing their colours to work and school. It's time that Blues supporters stood up and matched this by wearing sky blue all day on June 15."

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