NSW brains trust faces tough questions
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.