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STATE OF ORIGIN - GAME II - NSW vs QLD - Wed 26 Jun

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1. Josh Dugan

2. Brett Morris

3. Michael Jennings

4. Josh Morris

5. Blake Ferguson

6. James Maloney

7. Mitchell Pearce

8. Paul Gallen ©

9. Robbie Farah

10. Aaron Woods

11. Ryan Hoffman

12. Luke Lewis

13. Greg bird

14. Andrew Fifita

15. Trent Merrin

16. Josh Reynolds

17. Anthony Watmough

Aaron Woods makes his debut for the suspended James Tamou. I think he is the right choice considering Tim Grant's injuries.

The only other forced changed is Josh Dugan in for the injured Jarryd Hayne. I thought Hayne was in the top 3 players in the first game so he is a loss, but Dugan did a pretty good job in his first Origin game 2 years ago and has the potential for a great game.

QLD team to be named tomorrow.

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I see that the NRL has announced a zero tolerance policy on the biff with an automatic visit to the sin bin for anyone caught throwing a punch.  It will be interesting to see which of the two teams is able to better control their aggression as this will no doubt be a big factor in determining the result.  I had expected Queensland to be out for revenge on Gallen but they'll have to be careful in how they go about it now.

 

I'd like to think NSW can wrap things up but I'd make Queensland heavy favourites for this one.  I'm still hopeful that NSW will win the series though.

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I see that the NRL has announced a zero tolerance policy on the biff with an automatic visit to the sin bin for anyone caught throwing a punch. 

As opposed to the RFL's policy of a straight red.

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As opposed to the RFL's policy of a straight red.

Really?  In Monday night's game between Salford and Wakefield neither Jake Emmit or his sparring partner (can't remember who) were sent off for the bit of handbags that happened between them, nor was there any need for them to be.  The referee handled the situation very well.

 

The article I've read about this new policy which the NRL has brought in would suggest that any punch regardless of the circumstances will see the offending player(s) get 10 minutes.

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Posted · Hidden by John Drake, June 19, 2013 - No reason given

And let the Kleenexfest begin.

 

If you don't like it, why open the thread?

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Posted · Hidden by John Drake, June 19, 2013 - No reason given

And let the Kleenexfest begin.

Whats your point?

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Posted · Hidden by John Drake, June 19, 2013 - No reason given

Because the decision to open the thread, or not, is mine, not yours.

Happy to help.

 

Lovely stuff. Is it fun being professionally outraged on the internet then? I imagine the hours must fly by in your house...

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Really? 

Weren't we told this is the case after Wardle was sent off against Leeds in the recent cup tie? That the refs had been told to send off any player throwing a punch? I know that's not the actual case but I believe that's the official standpoint.

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I see that the NRL has announced a zero tolerance policy on the biff with an automatic visit to the sin bin for anyone caught throwing a punch.  It will be interesting to see which of the two teams is able to better control their aggression as this will no doubt be a big factor in determining the result.  I had expected Queensland to be out for revenge on Gallen but they'll have to be careful in how they go about it now.

I'll believe this when I see it. I would think the QLD bigs will feel they have 1 freebie bit of rough-housing enforcement between them to level the score and personally I'd be happy with that, ideally early in the game so we can wipe the slate clean and move on. I do think the Gallen (in)decision has set a bad precedent and could engulf the series but maybe it's best the big dust up came early? But I think we can safely say any tough 50/50 decisions will be going QLD's way and could any morally robust NSW fan seriously take issue with this?

Anyway, immensely looking forward to this and have the day off work so I can watch SOO live for the first time.

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Weren't we told this is the case after Wardle was sent off against Leeds in the recent cup tie? That the refs had been told to send off any player throwing a punch? I know that's not the actual case but I believe that's the official standpoint.

Nope - I have not seen or heard anything which says this - do you have a link at all?

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Blues campaign off to a good start for Game II then.

Blake Ferguson accused of indecent assault at a bar on the eve of Origin camp. Absolute brain dead moron.

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Poor news (just read the link from another thread) but a good tough line from NRL. I already had a QLD win for game 2 but think it could be comfortable now. NSW pretty much in disarray.

Is Greg Bird OK after the accidental knee he took from George Burgess in "the wheels" as the commentator amusingly put it in yesterday's Rabbitohs-Titans game? Had me really worried that in light of the awful recent Paul Wood and Richie Mathers injuries over this way, it was a real bad 'un he took. Very impressed that he played on. One of my favourite players is Bird. Fearless and ultra-committed. I hope these lads are starting to wear strengthened support down there anyway, they need more protection from those knees at close quarters IMHO.

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Looking forward to the game I,ll be in walkabout in Glasgow. Think the blues will sneak it!

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Close game with the home support being a big factor in Queensland going up a gear or two.

The QLD pack needs to lift for this game and JT will be ready to go, he should not have played in the first game.

 

 

The best result will be a closely fought contest with a Blues win in Sydney in Origin 3 but ###### it back to back Qld wins games 2 & 3  :D

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Premier Sports are showing game 2 from the 1995 SOO series on Saturday. At the first scrum in that game a huge brawl broke out with most of the players getting involved in the fighting (all preplanned). Considering the NRL's new edict on fighting, suppose the players decided to do something similar next Wednesday. Would the refs sin bin everyone?

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That's the thing with this supposed black and white rule of not tolerating punches. However unlikely, there must be thought given to this possibility. Who knows?

Official QLD team

1. Billy Slater

2. Darius Boyd

3. Greg Inglis

4. Justin Hodges

5. Brent Tate

6. Johnathan Thurston

7. Cooper Cronk

8. Matt Scott

9. Cameron Smith ©

10. Nate Myles

11. Chris McQueen

12. Sam Thaiday

13. Corey Parker

14. Daly Cherry-Evans

15. Ben Te'o

16. Matt Gillet

17. Josh Papalii

18. Martin Kennedy

David Shillington and Ashley Harrison dropped. Congratulations to Cherry-Evans and Papalii for earning their Origin debuts. I think both will have big futures for QLD.

Nathan Merritt called in to make his debut on the wing for disgraced Blake Ferguson. Congratulations to him. He will be heavily tested, hopefully he comes up trumps.

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I see that the NRL has announced a zero tolerance policy on the biff with an automatic visit to the sin bin for anyone caught throwing a punch.  It will be interesting to see which of the two teams is able to better control their aggression as this will no doubt be a big factor in determining the result.  I had expected Queensland to be out for revenge on Gallen but they'll have to be careful in how they go about it now.

 

I'd like to think NSW can wrap things up but I'd make Queensland heavy favourites for this one.  I'm still hopeful that NSW will win the series though.

It will be interesting to see what happens should there be a brawl......usually referred to as a "melee" in AFL circles !

Always possible in the highly charged atmosphere of Origin football......protect your team mates, don't take a backward step etc

Would the referee be brave enough to bin 6, 7, 8 players or is there some sort of "get out" provision in this NRL directive ?

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It will be interesting to see what happens should there be a brawl......usually referred to as a "melee" in AFL circles !

Always possible in the highly charged atmosphere of Origin football......protect your team mates, don't take a backward step etc

Would the referee be brave enough to bin 6, 7, 8 players or is there some sort of "get out" provision in this NRL directive ?

 

Guess the only real get out would be to bin 2 players from each team maybe? Cant see them binning more than that in one go!

 

Would assume the two initial protagonists, and then whoever they deem to have been worse from the rest!

 

I read an article/comment from Gordon Tallis on this saying that he expected to get sin binned every time he had a fight, so he said nothing much has really changed. Guess we'll see just how strict they are going to be on Wednesday.

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State of Origin will be SOO, I doubt anything will change other than a repeat of Gallens effort in SOO1 which will lead to 10 minutes or unlikely a send off.

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A gap has appeared in my work diary that coincides with kick off. Come on Queensland!!!

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It will be interesting to see what happens should there be a brawl......usually referred to as a "melee" in AFL circles !

Always possible in the highly charged atmosphere of Origin football......protect your team mates, don't take a backward step etc

Would the referee be brave enough to bin 6, 7, 8 players or is there some sort of "get out" provision in this NRL directive ?

I'm now reading that mass sin-binnings in Origin aren't considered an option and it won't be reduced to a football (soccer) game if a brawl does break out.  I struggle to see the logic in introducing this zero tolerance policy directly after Game 1 only to decide to relax it before Game 2.

 

Anyway I'll be glad if they do relax it, I don't think they should change the rules mid series and while I'm not in favour of the biff I would hate to see one of the most enjoyable sporting events of the year ruined by heavy handed refereeing.

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