NSW brains trust faces tough ques­tions

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - DAVID RICCIO

HOW and what on earth do NSW do now?

And how does the NRL pro­mote State of Ori­gin in Vic­to­ria next year, with Ori­gin I con­firmed for the MCG, when there’s only one team to brag about?

Th­ese are ques­tions ev­ery mem­ber of the NSW rugby league coach­ing staff, play­ing group and ad­min­is­tra­tion will be con­fronted by. Be­cause noth­ing has been more cer­tain, the ques­tions are com­ing.

It’s com­ing from shocked Blues fans, who forked- out up to $ 1500 in game tick­ets, air­fares and ac­com­mo­da­tion to be in Bris­bane last night.

It’s com­ing, too, from the 7.7 mil­lion peo­ple back in NSW, who winger Blake Fer­gu­son vowed pre- match he would play for.

The mi­cro­scope needs to be drilled down on ev­ery de­ci­sion and ev­ery train­ing ses­sion. An in­ter­nal re­view by the NSWRL board should be­gin to­day.

Last night, the 2017 Blues – who started TAB favourites in ev­ery game this se­ries – man­aged to lose the un­loseable se­ries at Sun­corp Sta­dium. The “un­lose- a- blues”. It’s a shock­ing way to be remembered.

Se­ri­ously, does it get any lower for NSW sup­port­ers?

The ob­vi­ous ques­tions will be: is this the end for Mitchell Pearce? The Blues half­back’s aerial- ob­ses­sion – a clear strat­egy to buy time for his chasers – failed.

And will coach Blues Lau­rie Da­ley con­tinue – and does he de­serve to?

Af­ter last night, which has left an en­tire state with more ques­tions than an­swers, who could blame Da­ley for walk­ing away.

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