General maloney a bolter for NSW: alexander

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Etern0L_Warrior_old

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In todays Sydney Daily Telegraph there is an article about Maloney being Number ONE pick for 5/8 spot for NSW.

see link... https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/james-maloney-in-line-to-be-nsw-state-of-origin-five-eighth/story-e6frexnr-1226317060321

So who will replace him for the Warriors if he is on Origin Duty? ..:st:



JAMES Maloney, once unwanted by Parramatta, has become a front-runner to win the NSW State of Origin five-eighth spot.

The Daily Telegraph can reveal that Blues coach Ricky Stuart contacted Maloney just last week to discuss his form and this year's Origin series.

Stuart was also at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night to watch Maloney and his New Zealand Warriors play the Sydney Roosters.

Unwanted by Parramatta after 2007, Maloney then helped Wentworthville Magpies win the 2008 NSW Cup.

But there is no doubt that Maloney, who will join the Sydney Roosters next season, is locked in an intense battle with incumbent Jamie Soward, Todd Carney, Jarrod Mullen and Terry Campese for the No.6 jumper.

"James is an Origin-style player. He is as tough as anyone in the game," said Greg Alexander, who played six games for NSW.

"He is a courageous hole runner and can play with the ball. He has a good 'dummy and go' and his kicking game is outstanding. He is also rock-solid in defence.

"In regards to his character, he has Origin stamped all over him.

"James has started this season as he left off last year, although it wasn't his best game against the Roosters on the weekend."

The Daily Telegraph approached Stuart regarding the comments from Alexander about Maloney.

"I agree with everything Greg said," Stuart said. "Greg is a person who certainly understands what State of Origin is all about. James is certainly in the mix.

"I spoke to James last week - and to some other players as well - and told him exactly that; that he was in the mix for Origin."

However, Alexander stressed that NSW had a number of form five-eighths vying for selection.

"There are certainly plenty of candidates," he said.

"Todd Carney is entitled to be second just behind Maloney and Jamie Soward has done nothing wrong. Terry Campese is the elephant in the room.

"If he can produce a month of footy like he performed against Wests Tigers last Monday night at Campbelltown, he would be a good chance of selection."

Carney has been solid without being spectacular for new club Cronulla but his class is undoubted.

Soward has been competent and strong in his performances for St George Illawarra this season.

wow, just wow. as much as i hate jamie soward i think he played very well in game 3 last year and his form this year haven't been bad. jarrod mullen has improved tenfold in the last couple of weeks. todd carney's defence is a lot better than maloney's. but judging by those comments, maloney will get picked unless the warriors lose a majority of their games between now and round 11.
 

Jimmy_old

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wow, just wow. as much as i hate jamie soward i think he played very well in game 3 last year and his form this year haven't been bad. jarrod mullen has improved tenfold in the last couple of weeks. todd carney's defence is a lot better than maloney's. but judging by those comments, maloney will get picked unless the warriors lose a majority of their games between now and round 11.

Greg Alexander is not a selector though.
 

Defence_old

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"He is a courageous hole runner and can play with the ball. He has a good 'dummy and go' and his kicking game is outstanding. He is also rock-solid in defence.

Eh? Rock solid in defence?
 

danpatmac_old

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"He is a courageous hole runner and can play with the ball. He has a good 'dummy and go' and his kicking game is outstanding. He is also rock-solid in defence.

Eh? Rock solid in defence?

Yeah, i'm confused about it too.
He actually has good technique and can really put a decent hit on, not like a sandow shoulder, but a decent hard tackle.
But he misses loads too and I can't figure out why, he can tackle.
 

Chch fan_old

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"He is a courageous hole runner and can play with the ball. He has a good 'dummy and go' and his kicking game is outstanding. He is also rock-solid in defence.

Eh? Rock solid in defence?

Huge concern over the kicking game for me!

I think Stuart will play Gidley at 7 and possibly keep Soward.

To be honest I think Carney and Campesse are big chances and Peter Wallace is probably in that group also.

Then Mullen could be a chance if he keeps up his current form, especially if Gidley is 7. Mitchell Pierce is also a chance. Not sure if I could take him on current from but he's got the experience and I think Stuart will go with him to be in at least the squad of 20 or so that he picks..

The Maloney after that group. If I was coach and I was going to pick a Maloney style player I would most likely go with Anasta to be honest.

If Maloney was at his very best he may be a chance but I think on his current form he's a fair way from his best.

That said there's a lot of water to go under the bridge yet before origin.
 

d13_old

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NSW selectors will probably put Anasta,Greg Bird or John Sutton at 6 before Maloney,their selections are just as weird as McClennan's.
 

fanrrior_old

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Yeah, i'm confused about it too.
He actually has good technique and can really put a decent hit on, not like a sandow shoulder, but a decent hard tackle.
But he misses loads too and I can't figure out why, he can tackle.

I think it’s the way the Warriors defence is structured. Correct me if I'm wrong but our defence usually relies on the first defender going out and then everyone else comes in to pick up the scraps. Unless we are on the back trot which then makes us look messy and as if the attack was better than it is.

If I’m right then our defence should limit the amount of energy the players have to put in at the expense of our wing defence.
 

Beeteejay_old

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Carney favourite for Blues No.6 jersey

Todd Carney is favourite with TAB Sportsbet to wear the Blues No6 jersey in Origin I, following Cronulla's early season form. The Sharks pivot gets his chance to stake claim for the spot on Saturday night, when he squares off against Jamie Soward.

Jamie Soward, the Blues incumbent, has already produced two 'man of the match' efforts this year and will be desperate to add to that this weekend. The Dragons are $1.75, while the Sharks are $2.10.

Terry Campese had his best game against the Tigers, but will need to do more to be in the Origin picture. He get's his chance to dominate another Blues contender in James Maloney when they play this weekend.

SOO I - NSW No.6
$2.50 Todd Carney
$2.75 Jamie Soward
$5.00 Jarrod Mullen
$9.00 James Maloney
$11.00 Players Not Quoted
$21.00 Kurt Gidley
$34.00 Terry Campese

https://www.rleague.com/content/article.php?id=43035
 

Kiwi Icon_old

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Wallace is out with an injury so Maloneys door may still be open for at least a city country spot.
 

Beeteejay_old

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Apparently Maloney was pencilled in for the Country #6, until those missed tackles last week. Now it's up in the air. They were gonna leave Soward out, because Ricky Stuart already knows what he can do.

They say Mateo is a certainty for a City jumper, and a possible replacement for T-Rex in the NSW side.
 

ShaunJohnson7_old

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If I was Stuart and Carney stays sober I'd take him over Maloney anyday

Same, at their best Carney is better than any other NSW half be it 6 or 7. He should be the first guy chosen and then figure out who plays next to him. He is outstanding.
 

dingleberry_old

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RLW had a comparison between Maloney, Carney, Campese, Soward the other week... must have been an older one, before Maloney's form fell off.
But looking at those stats I reckon Maloney was a definite bolter. He had most tries, more tackle busts, more line breaks and I think more assists then all the others. His kicking metres and stuff were the lowest, but I'd say that's kinda out of character because last year he was only behind soward I think for kick metres.
It's a shame the team as suffered, because watching him control the speed of the game against the eels was great. If he had a chance to showcase that every week, and kept up his form I think he's be a shoe in for origin... exactly the sort of player you'd want... controls the speed of the match and has the x-factor to break the line
 

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Gidley is out for the season so would they consider James as a utility role for origin?