Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Origin Series Is Alive and Kicking

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Origin Series Is Alive and Kicking

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MY gut feeling after Origin One is the series may well stand at one-all when the teams come to Suncorp Stadium for game three on July 15.

After a nervous final 10 minutes, Queensland finished deserved victors in Melbourne. But there is little doubt NSW has the capacity to improve more for game two - and the Maroons traditionally struggle to win in Sydney.

After skipping to a 24-6 lead early in the second half I sensed Queensland suffered Bronco-itis, and took their collective feet off the pedal. Some minor handling errors crept in, players appeared not as urgent to get to kicks and even a little confusion emerged in plays which were crisp and scheming in the first hour of the game.

Apart from Justin Hodges, the Maroons will no doubt stick with the guys who did the job - as they have always done. And I reckon the Blues might too, although I would be feeling a little uneasy if I was Jamie Lyon, Terry Campese and Brent Kite. I still reckon Queensland can win the series, but it's not over yet - not by a long shot.

Ref wrap

APART from the eight or so replays to decide that Jarryd Hayne had tiptoed out, how refreshing it was not to have a big game clouded by a refereeing decision. For mine Tony Archer and Shayne Hayne were outstanding with the whistle. And for mine the decision from the box on Jarryd Hayne - eventually - was the correct one. What impressed me most about Archer and Hayne was that they controlled the game, rather than refereed it.

Dogs get their day

HOPEFULLY, for the sake of his Bulldogs, coach Kevin Moore is a firm believer in the old adage 'what goes round, comes round'.

Admittedly the Bulldogs have not exactly been the NRLs poster boys in recent years. The Coffs Harbour controversy, massive salary cap breaches, the Sonny Bill Williams walkout and major misdemeanours from the likes of Williams, Willie Mason and Reni Maitua have not endeared the club to many. …

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