When Blocker Roach entered the media 20 years ago, my simple advice
to him was never be afraid to express an opinion, no matter how much
trouble it might get you in or how unpopular you may become.
After all, it never caused me any grief did it?
glad to see the big fella was listening because he created a real stink
this week with his call that Robbie Farah was not up to Origin
Steve was just expressing what a lot of people in the game think but are too gutless to say.
The fact that Blocker is a Tigers legend and presumably reasonably close to Farah made it an even more ballsier move.
Farah is a good NRL footballer but he's not the type you take into the trench warfare that is Origin.
NSW coach Ricky Stuart knows that. He is no mug.
runs too hot and cold for mine and too often trades flash for grit when
the game calls for him to roll up his sleeves and get dirty.
was captain of the Tigers side that gave up 30 points in 13 minutes to
the worst Parramatta side we have seen in a long, long time.
Where was the composure and direction from the skipper?
Stuart would have taken note of that and only reaffirmed in his mind that Danny Buderus would be hooker for Origin I on May 23.
Injury to Buderus may now cause a re-think but I actually think it's a blessing in disguise.
Danny has been a great player but is past his use-by date.
Like many who head to the Super League, they leave their best behind as they walk through customs at Heathrow.
Melbourne's Ryan Hinchcliffe should be named NSW hooker.
He is tough, durable, versatile and won't let anyone down.
He won't win you an Origin game but he won't lose you one either.
Ricky could do a lot worse than throw a guernsey to the tough nut from Temora.
Anyway, let's turn our attention to Round 9, where I sniff a couple of surprises.
I like the Dogs-Cowboys double on Friday night followed by the Warriors, Tigers, Storm, Sea Eagles, Roosters and Rabbitohs.Until next week my friends...