This game, lets be honest, wasn't much cop as a contest. But it has done more good than the players being on holiday.
I can only dream that it somehow affects the Aussie side who will not have been really together for 2 years come the WC.
Problem is Australias spine know eachothers game far too well. Slater Cronk and Smith are togetheer all season for melbourne, and Thurston can join in for fun as he does in origin. These 4 players are the difference between the sides. They get there forwards on the front foot and people start slating our forwards saying 'we said we could match the aussies in the forwards and time and time again we don't' this isn't true its because their half backs are a class apart. We do need to find a 6 and 7 combination to go with Tomkins and Roby and get them to know eachother well enough, problem is we keep swapping them about and when it comes to the big games they are out of ideas.
The game has been criticised, some of it fairly and some of it just trolling on the internet. But I don't know of any other suggestions which we could of played this winter. Wales were poor yes, but they will learn and come back stronger next year with more talent. I think people are making too big a fuss of the crowds, this next year is all about preparation for the 2013 WC. If we win the WC RL will get a lot of publicity, the media are very quick to publicise success, just look at how much coverage cycling got when Wiggins won or when the cricket test side got to world number one. Yes the crowds need to be good for the WC next year, but there will obviously be more effort put into marketing and selling the game next year.
I think we should have a 3 game exile series next year and do whatever we can to get the NRL players in the side, first two games should be about determining the strongest side and third game we should have our strongest 17 selected and let them build up abit of chemistry together. The most important position as I say is 6 and 7. We really need to get them sorted. The backline will pick themselves based on form. I'm starting to think Sinfield may have to be an option, fair enough he won't be a threat in attack but I think we have enough threat on the edges with strike players like Tomkins, Hock, Watkins and Burgess who could burst through the Aussie line. With him at 7 and Widdop at 6 I think we could have a decent half back combination as we have pretty much all aspects covered and if they know eachothers games enough and build up chemistry then we might stand a chance.
I was impressed with England yesterday and a lot of positive can be took from it. The crowd is irrelevant IMO as we are preparing for a massive year for the sport in the 2013 WC. We can let people write what they want on twitter ect but at the end of the day the game would of been slated no matter what the result. We have a lot of build up too next year, but I do think we have a chance next year we just have to back ourselves.