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.