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Snoop-Poop’s “State Of Origin” QLD & NSW Team player Rankings and comments …

May 17, 2011
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Author: Snoop-Poop on NRL Snoop-Poop’s comment on the QLD and NSW State Of Origin Team selections …
QLD  Team:
Position Player Ranking Comment
Fullback: Billy Slater 9.0

The Best Fullback in the game on current form …

Wing – 1 Darius Boyd 6.5

Playing out of position – but has played SOO in the wing position previously –

Wing -2 Jharal Yow Yeh 5.0

Rookie for QLD – played Test football a week or so ago – is up to the task …

Centre -1 Willie Tonga 6.5

Backup Centre – has played winning SOO previously – the pairing with the new rookie centre will be a soft spot Stuart will target …

Centre -2 Dane Nielsen 5.0

Don’t know anything about him … …

Five/Eight Darren Lockyer 10.0

No pier in the game ….

Halfback Johnathan Thurston 9.5

Best in the game at this level – goes to another level around SOO time and proved that last weekend …

Lock Ashley Harrison 6.5

Been playing in a soft team this season – will lift for SOO … been there before …

2nd Row – 1 Nate Myles 6.5

Big Match player – Club form has been so-so – but again will life for this series … …

2nd Row – 2 Sam Thaiday 6.5

Form has been down on last year – will again lift for the SOO series –

Prop – 1 Matt Scott 7.0

Best prop in the game on Club form … will made his presence felt in this series …

Prop – 2 Petro Civoniceva 8.0

Been to every pinnacle of the game … age only concern but he will be primed for his last series …

Hooker Cameron Smith 9.5

Best hooker in the game … will dictate up the middle and dominate …

Bench – 1 Ben Hannant 7.0

Deserved his spot with good club form …

Bench – 2 Cooper Cronk 8.5

Arguably the 2nd best half-back inn the game …

Bench – 3 Corey Parker/David Taylor 6.5

One of these two will be omitted – Parker for mine … Taylor’s impact will have great impact …

Bench – 4 Jacob Lillyman 5.0

Another rookie I think …

Coach Mal Meninga 9.5

Proven himself at this SOO level …

QLD Team Points: 132.0

The teams have been evened up with Inglis and Hodges missing due to injury – the forwards pack is matched evenly on Club form – but the SOO factor and the experience in the QLD pack will win the ruck and give the NSW backs very little room … THE NSW team has no playmaker or “X” factor – Haynes omission whilst I agree with on the basis that his defence is suspect and his on field interest levels seem lacking except when he decides he wants to do something … but Stuart’s excuse was – his position is five/eight – a statement that has most scratching their heads – politics are at play in the NSW selection – the late call up of Iridis to the NSW lineup also confirm’s this. QLD to win the first game by 13+ – and the series will be a 3-0 win barring no injuries to the QLD playmakers – Lockyer – Smith – Thurston and Slater ….

NSW  Team:
Position Player Ranking Comment
Fullback: Josh Duggan 5.0

Earned his chance at the big time – will his forward pack be able to give him the room he needs to shine … the highball under pressure? –

Wing – 1 Brett Morris 6.5

Specialist in the position – does not like the ruck work on kick returns … needs open space and he won’t get that in Origin …

Wing -2 Akuila Uate 5.0

weak link at this level … has size and will be made to do a lot of the hitups on kick returns behind a thumped forward pack …

Centre -1 Michael Jennings 6.5

a soft cock – goes missing when his team is on the backfoot – has serious defence flaws … weak link – but to offset – broken play specialist and backend’s of half may give him opportunities …

Centre -2 Mark Gasnier 7.5

Still making his way back to League – a hail-mary selection … hope more than form dictated … defensively has been shown up at SOO level …

Five/Eight Jamie Soward 5.0

There for his kicking game – untried at this level and the defense will test him out … if his forwards don’t get go forward – his time to measure his kicks as he does with the Dragons will be diminished – what sort of player is he under pressure … we are about to find out …

Halfback Mitchell Pierce 6.0

Worst possible selection … targeted as a future star – we’re all still waiting – where are the Roosters – poor Club form is not the platform for SOO selection …

Lock Greg Bird 6.5

Player everybody loves to hit … disliked … and is a niggler … but can’t dispute his competitive instincts …

2nd Row – 1 Paul Gallen 6.5

Not my style of player for SOO – too many easy penalty give away’s … too small … to limited in his game capability – great defender bit not up to SOO level …

2nd Row – 2 Beau Scott 5.0

Great selection – transfer from center to forwards to make way for Gasnier has worked – has all the scope to make it in SOO – but still untested …

Prop – 1 Jason King 5.0

Big lump and a good Club player – but will struggle with the speed of SOO and his work-rate at Club level does not indicate he can match the pace required at SOO level …

Prop – 2 Kade Snowden 5.0

Don’t know anything about this guy … but a rookie and that says ‘fresh meat’ …

Hooker Michael Innis 6.5

Picked for his ‘niggle’ impact and his hyena tactics – hit and run – will see him marked well … not up to this level as a hooker or a forward … committed but lacks skill level and size to be anything other then a spoiler …

Bench – 1 Ben Creagh 7.0

One of the old forwards to taste SOO defeat … his right hand off-loads have not worked at SOO level previously – has plenty to do as the experienced forward in the pack … good luck …

Bench – 2 Trent Merrin 5.0

A newbie – lump of a lad and SOO speed will sort him out … has potential and this selection might just be the making of him and someone for the future …

Bench – 3 Dean Young 5.0

Newbie … from Dragons and association with Creagh and Scott will help … but again a rookie … competitive and committed … will add to the team …

Bench – 4 Tim Mannah 6.5

A plodder and defence forward … nothing special other than he has SOO experience – poor Club performances does not give confidence to whether he can really measure up to SOO …

Coach Ricky Stewart 6.5

A has-been in Coaching terms – on his last chance and a hiding to nothing … has a NRL premiership with Roosters in 1st year – on back of the GOULD mentor factor before they fall out – since then been booted from two Clubs and Test Coach position – this is the worst selection of all …

NSW Team Points: 106.0

Player Ratings Explained:

  • All Player Rankings are on a scale of 1-10 –
  • SOO is different – so Club form is not necessarily carried forward as a ranking –
  • If a player has played in a Series winning SOO – automatically scores = 7 [subject to below]
  • If player has not played in a winning SOO before – automatically scores = 5 – [subject to below]
  • Each Player is then ranked to their status in the game relative to the position they will generally play – i.e. Lockyer will score 10 because he is generally regarded as the best in the game at his position – who ever plays opposite him is then scored against the matchup with their opposite number –
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  1. League Leg End
    May 18, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Oh how the mighty have fallen.

    Folau gone, Hodges gone, Costigan gone, Inglis gone, Lockyer (big skirt, wants to protect his stats, and is) considering ruling himself unfit.

    Toads will always be just that.

  2. Gigi Pullman
    May 27, 2011 at 5:26 am

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