SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 20: Brett Morris looks on during a New South Wales Blues State of Origin captain's run at ANZ Stadium on June 20, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

New South Wales has proven how dominant their forward pack is so far this series, but there is one position the Blues are being beaten in over and over again – the wing.

Brett Morris scored New South Wale’s second try on Wednesday, adding another try to his rep tally. But what little realise is, it’s the Blue’s first try scored by a winger in over three years.

The last try scored by an NSW winger came back in Game I, 2014, scored by the very same man at Suncorp Stadium. It simply highlights that the NSW’s halves are simply failing to get the ball out to the men out wide.

While the Blues have scored 2 tries through wingers in the last 11 games, the Maroons have managed a stunning 15 tries through wingers in the same 11 games.

It begs the question – are New South Wales not attacking the wings enough or are the Blue’s wingers not good defenders?

Since the first game of the 2014 series, Brett Morris, Blake Ferguson, Josh Mansour, Will Hopoate, James McManus and Daniel Tupou have all lined up on the edges, all quality players, all internationals.

Meanwhile, New South Welshmen have fared much better in the centres, scoring 8 tries in 11 games. Maybe the centres simply aren’t passing out wide?

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Next year poses an interesting question over the Blues wingers. While Blake Ferguson and Brett Morris are the incumbents, youngster Tom Trbojevic and 2016 Origin debutant Josh Mansour missed the opening match through injury. All possess speed, size and stunning finishing ability, and set up an intriguing battle in the opening months of 2018.

No matter who lines up on the flanks for New South Wales next year, Laurie Daley will have his fingers crossed that they contain the Maroon’s wingers, and do some damage of their own. But first, Ferguson and Morris have Game III to prove they should line-up in sky blue gain next year.


  1. The wingers next year will be Tom Trbojevic and Josh Mansour, these 2 would have been the wingers for this series but both were injured. Ferguson and Morris are good wingers but Tom and Mansour are great wingers and posses more strike power and more speed, and provide some x factor.

  2. If Daley was a good coach he have both Tom and Mansour in the side for game 3, but he doesn’t have the ball to drop players, NSW don’t have the best 17 on the park they could have and I’ve got to be honest the whole backline has been average, even Maloney has been badly outo of form. And don’t say Morris and Ferguson shouldn’t be dropped becuase they’ve earnt their spots or you shoudnt change a winning side. The whole point of origin is to watch the best 17 players from each state. Morris and Ferguson aren’t in that 17.

  3. Isn’t this a clear case of Fullbacks playing in the centre and struggling to pass the ball or defend the ‘real centres’ from QLD

  4. bit harsh Homsey, they win game 1 easy , just lose game 2, and you want wholesale changes, they can’t put mansour and Tom in now , the team is settled, i don’t like Paerce, Ferguson, Hayne or Morris being there , but they are and that team should be allowed to respond to that defeat, and they will, both Tom AND Mansour will play origin next year, no doubt , just not this year.

    Holmsey, not being a wise guy here , but you spell because this way , ok?

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