Geyer tips NSW to win Ori­gin again

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

NRL me­dia per­son­al­ity Mark Geyer has tipped NSW to de­fend their State of Ori­gin ti­tle in this year’s se­ries.

Geyer, speak­ing to the Whit­sun­day Times ahead of this week­end’s Ball or Noth­ing Sports­man’s Din­ner at the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel, said the Blues could win their sec­ond se­ries in as many years if they got se­lec­tion right.

“They’ve got a lot of young play­ers that have shown they want to play Ori­gin,” he said.

“They got a taste for it last year and it will give them the hunger to do it again. Queens­land aren’t get­ting any younger, es­pe­cially af­ter the per­for­mance in the Test match (against New Zealand).”

Geyer tipped a 2-1 re­sult in favour of NSW de­spite the un­cer­tainty over the make-up of the squad.

“I think (Mitchell) Pearce looks most likely and has im­proved since he last played (Ori­gin),” he said.

“Josh Reynolds hasn’t done him­self any favours of late.”

Geyer also picked Matt Moy­lan to step up in the ab­sence of Jar­ryd Hayne.

“We need a full­back there who’s a good ball player, like Matty Moy­lan,” Geyer said.

“You’ve got to score points to beat Queens­land. They’re go­ing to score at least 16-18 so we’ve got to pick a team to score 20.”

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