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Former NSW star Josh Addo-Carr has reminded Blues coach Brad Fittler just how devastating he can be on the wing, which sparked NRL fans to call for a change in the second State of Origin game.
In the biggest boilover of the NRL season, the Bulldogs dominated their arch-rivals with their best performance in almost four years.
Matt Burton was superb as he begins to flourish at his new club, while his combination with Josh Addo-Carr suddenly looms as one of the most potent in the NRL.
But the story of the day was Addo-Carr, whose first hat-trick came two weeks out from Origin II in Perth.
Controversially dropped for the Origin series opener, Addo-Carr has now scored five tries in the two matches since his NSW axing became official.
And Daniel Toupou, who replaced Addo-Carr, hasn't cemented his spot for game two after a decent performance in Sydney.
"I will always do the state proud if I am selected. But if not I will be supporting them all the way," Addo-Carr told ABC radio before evading other media in the Bulldogs sheds.
However, the sentiment from many NRL fans after the game was how important it should be for Fittler to pick Addo-Carr.
Josh Addo-Carr! Brad Fittler give this man his jersey back #NRLBulldogsEels
— Kamilia Hanna (@KamiliaHannaV1) June 13, 2022
— Adam Hayward (@Hayward_AdamK) June 13, 2022
— Adam Houda (@LawyerAdamHouda) June 13, 2022
I get the impression, don't know why, that Josh Addo-Carr might be interested in playing State of Origin.
If only there was a way he could make his intentions known.#NRLBulldogsEels
— Andrew Ferguson (@AndrewRLP) June 13, 2022
Geez I tell ya what, Josh Addo Carr wouldn’t look out of place in a @NSWBlues jersey.
— Todd G (@ToddyGreaser) June 13, 2022
If Josh Addo-Carr doesn’t make it to the blues squad next game I ain’t watching Origin till next year …
— Blackerberry (@manu_rakai) June 13, 2022
Josh Addo-Carr's try bonanza
Tupou had initially been picked in the series opener for his height, but his high-leaping opposite number Xavier Coates was injured in Queensland's win and won't play in Perth.
All of that could lead to Addo-Carr's recall, with the former Melbourne flyer doing everything to help his cause on Sunday.
He had Canterbury's first try when Burton hit him on the chest with a perfect cross-field kick early in the set in the eighth minute, allowing him to score untouched.
Addo-Carr's speed and acceleration was also crucial in his next try, charging down a Burton grubberkick early in the second half.
And his third try put the icing on the cake for the Bulldogs, collecting a Clint Gutherson pass and intercepting it to go 50 metres to score.
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