Its been an extremely interesting week in the world of Rugby Legue, firstly with the Queensland Rugby League putting themselves before the greater game and selecting defector Israel Folau and then the NRL judiciary amazingly letting Jarryd Hayne off the hook.
What about the QRL and the Folau selection? Only a week ago, we praised Ross Livermore and the Queenslanders who initially said they wouldn’t select Folau after the Bronco and former Storm star chose to turn his back on Rugby League all together and play AFL.
How things can change.
The Queenslanders were set to pick Brent Tate, but the experienced Warrior was outted with serious injury – so what do the Maroons do?
They backflip, bigtime. Picking Folau and letting the rival code of AFL laugh all the way to the bank.
You see, everytime Folau is mentioned now – AFL is too. Just look at last nights Footy Show, they had the ‘Big Maarn’ visiting schools and kicking around AFL balls.
Just here in this article, by talking about Livermore and the Queenslanders along with their Folau selection joke – it’s giving the AFL precious air-time.
The Australian Rugby League is now expected to hastily change the selection rules regarding defecting players prior to the Game 3 – so the whole game of Rugby League won’t be a laughing stock.
But we should have expected this selfish situation from Queensland, they’ve always bent the rules, cried poor and wouldn’t hesitate to sell their mums to win Origin.
They pulled the Lote Tiquiri TBA selection, forcing the rules of Origin selection to be changed.
The Queenslanders never wanted to give up their home ground to expand into Melbourne, forcing the Blues to offer their homeground advantage for the betterment of the game.
They plucked Allan Langer from the UK when things got tough – they’ll do anything to win this thing.
Even prior to the Maroon-wash, prior to them winning the 4 straight Origin series’ – when the NSW men had the upper-hand, they worried for the closeness of the contest.
NSW should have been thinking no mercy.
Now is the time, the selection of Folau should be even greater motivation for all of NSW to want to drive Queensland into oblivion.
Plenty of talk surrounds every Origin game, as does the hype. But this game is possibly the biggest ever. If NSW lose, it marks 5 long years of pain.
There was suggestion of a ‘trenches battle’ in Game 1, but it never eventuated.
Both forced and form reshuffles for NSW in Game 2 look to be for the better. Apart from Brett Kimmorley, who should never have been dropped – the Blues look to have more mongrel and workhorse in the forwards.
Blues players and fans, never ever forget this. Queensland have again thumbed their noses at the game and us. Roll up the sleeves and give them what they deserve in their own backyard.