The blood-letting has begun in the NSW Origin camp with former and current players and staff tearing into their team after the one-point loss to Queensland..
Robbie Farah is under siege by supporters and players alike after being unable to get the ball to Trent Hodkinson (halfback) when he was in position to kick an equalising field goal.
Playing at dummy-half Farah instead flung the ball to josh Dugan, who missed his attempt.
“Yeah, I was ready to go with Duges (Dugan) on my inside,” said Hodkinson.
“But Faff (Farah), he sort of just flung it out and unfortunately it hit Duges.
“He had a good crack though, almost got it.
Former Blues Coach, Captain and legend Tommy Raudonikis didn’t hold back labeling much lauded interchange prop Andrew Fifita as ‘hopeless’.
He went on to savage the Blues saying in an article in the Courier-Mail, “we were poorly led and deserved to lose the game. It was bad captaincy.
“Robbie Farah is not a good leader.
“We had a chance to win and blew it badly. I hope Gal (confessed drug cheat Paul Gallen) comes back. The sets at the end were poor.
“There’s another two games, but it doesn’t look promising.
“We need to make some positional changes. Josh Reynolds wold be worth bringing back.
“However, it is hard to even find a halfback at the moment.
“I would drop Fifita, he was hopeless.”
Paul Gallen himself weighed in to the post-mortem, criticising Coach Laurie Daley by saying he was shocked at the lack of game time given to Trent Merrin.
“I didn’t speak to Mez (Merrin) about his role, but I thought he would have played in the first half for sure. I’m shocked.
“Certainly the inexperience shone through in that last seven minutes”
But the worst was yet to come, however. Former NSW Coach Phil Gould tore strips off both Hodkinson and Farah.
Talking on Fairfax Media Gould said, “They blew it … there is no other way to put it. They just blew it. I can’t believe they lost that game. They were so in control (at halftime).
“The biggest part about it is we don’t have a boss on the field. We don’t have a leader demanding the ball and demanding the direction. It seems like it’s all being done from dummy half and that’s not the place to have your direction.
“They have to work out the leadership issure in the team. It’s not who the captain is – it’s about who’s responsible for running the show and he’s got to get the ball when he needs it. The problem is (Hodkinson) probably doesn’t even do it in hs club side.”
Queenslanders are understandably baffled by such outrage. The NSW Blues only lost by ONE point, a field goal at that. To savage your team for losing by a field goal is like questioning the abilities of soccer players who lose by penalty shoot-out.