Ragtag bunch suffer embarrassing fright night
THE brain explosion Blues are back.
So much for the “New” South Wales team. This was the same old, ill- disciplined, bad tackling, short tempered bunch of footballers that lost eight straight series in a row. What an embarrassment. They got what they deserved, a record Origin defeat that exposed every weakness in their team.
“That was not us tonight, that was nowhere near what we’re capable of doing,” NSW coach Laurie Daley said. “I’m just shocked that it ended up like that.
“We have to deal with it, accept it, the challenge has been set and we have to come back again.”
For Queensland it was series nine out of 10. For NSW it was a one out of 10 performance.
It was dubbed the Blue Wall – it even had its own hashtag. But the wall fell apart like a stale violet crumble. They finished the night with 27 missed tackles.
Mitchell Pearce, the Blues playmaker with more Origin lives than a cat, was the worst offender.
He had four missed tackles in the first half. He and Josh Morris were all messed up as Johnathan Thurston tormented them with his magic tricks.
First it was Josh Papalii steaming through, next it was Greg Inglis.
By the end of the night Pearce had a game- high six missed tackles. The entire Queensland team tallied just four missed tackles. The last limp effort by Pearce came at the death as Aidan Guerra capped the eight- try rout with a stroll across the stripe.
“It just came down to possession. I think it was 42 sets they had – we only had 21,” Daley said.
“Our completion rate was poor, too much pressure, too much defence … we just had no ball.”