SOO Selection

Panthers connection the triple threat Blues need to take care of Maroons

SOME things never change in rugby league.

Every great football side has a champion lock forward, halfback and five-eighth combination.

You go back to the Parramatta Eels and their four premierships in the 80s — Ray Price, Peter Sterling and Brett Kenny.

You go back to the Canberra Raiders’ Green Machine dominance a decade later — Bradley Clyde, Ricky Stuart and Laurie Daley.

And now it’s the Penrith Panthers with Isaah Yeo, Nathan Cleary (pictured) and Jarome Luai.

This combination should be first chosen in the NSW State of Origin side when Freddy Fittler and Brandy Alexander sit down in six weeks to name their Blues outfit.

It might be a bit harsh on Cody Walker, who probably deserves another crack at five-eighth.

The same can be said for Jake Trbojevic, who has done such a great job at lock for NSW and Australia. But it’s the way to go. With a limited Origin preparation, club combinations are a must.

This so-called “worst Queensland team in 40 years” is going to be hard to beat when the series kicks off on the MCG on June 9.

The Panthers should have a fourth player in the Blues team in winger Brian To’o, who was born and bred in St Marys but is keen to play for Samoa.

To’o has been the number two winger in the NRL this year behind Roosters veteran Brett Morris.


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Good to see we are still playing players out of position.

Jack Wighton is not a centre and Murray is not a second rower.

Stephen Crichton needs to be one centre.


2 months away I will think about it in 6 weeks

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1: Teddy
2: Brian
3: Mitchell
4: Lomax
5: Jac
6: Luai
7: Clez
8: Saifiti
9: Cook
10: Klemmer
11: Angus
12: Friz
13: Yeo

14: Paps
15: Paulo
16: Murray
17: Haas

is how i’d be lining up, freddy wanted to many shiny toys, go with a specialist centre pairing and club props who can get through the gritty shit, penrith club combo as well


Luai is a good five eight.

But in my opinion Cody Walker when it comes to attack and eyes up footy is in a league of his own.

If Cody Walker is available it’s a no brainer:


Luai is also a great eyes up footy player he had 23 try assists last year and has picked up this year where he left off, i rate both guys immensely the thing that gets Luai over the line for me is club combos and the fact we could build a dynasty with him and Clez leading the side for the next 8 years, may as well start them out now both are killing it

What about the best combination in the league Latrell, Cody, Johnston? None better then there chemistry on the left edge.


i think we’ve got to take the souths goggles off on this one, AJ whilst a great finisher offers nothing in terms of kick returns, i’d be playing Brian that wing and there’s 0 chance that Latrell gets fullback over Teddy


I wouldn’t pick Klemmer for quids. There’s better Props playing in better form than him at the moment. One would be, Sharon Woods. I have never been a fan but he’s played really well all year.


I don’t understand Fittlers obsession with picking players and playing them outside of their best position, does my head in. Wighton is a good 5/8, not a centre.

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You guys do know this is Buzz Rothfield’s imaginary side 10 weeks out…

yeah but it’s always fun to speculate origin selection

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This would be my team.

  1. James Tedesco
  2. Josh Addo Carr
  3. Latrell Mitchell
  4. Tom Trebojevic
  5. Brett Morris
  6. Cody Walker
  7. Nathan Clearly
  8. David Klemmer
  9. Damien Cook
  10. Payne Haas
  11. Angus Crichton
  12. Cameron Murray
  13. Victory Radley

14. Ryan Papenhuyzen
15. Paul Vaughan
16. Dale Finucane
17. Junior Paulo

18th man: Isaah Yeo
19th man: Zac Lomax

I’d also have the NSW squad
Jerome Luai
Stephen Crichton
Campbell Graham
Nathan Brown
Daniel Tupou
Daniel Saifiti
Tyson Frizell
Tariq Sims


Brian T’o’o. FFS Phil, lay off the grog this early in the morning.

And yes, how you pick Jerome Luai ahead of Cody Walker is beyond me.

I will give him one thing though, Jake T has been playing like a busted for Manly, and should be left out.

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The less Souths players around that idiot Fittler the better.


I don’t think Radley and Klemmer will be back from injuries to play enough games.
And either way - how do you pick Radley over Murray at lock?
Perhaps off the bench if he proves he is fit in time.

I think Junior Paulo is picked over Klemmer anyway

Other than that , I agree with a lot of your side.


I saw Radley and Tedesco yesterday - Radley must have been on the real good supplements during his time off.

He is massive.

Whilst I think Murray is a better lock he is more versatile then Radley so can play in the second row. Both Radley and Murray need to be in the 13 and I don’t think Radley is mobile enough to handle an edge position while Murray is more than capable of doing so.

Fuck Origin off,what kind of concept makes teams weaker for being successful.
The ramifications for Souths could cost us a top 4 spot,