Origin Dream Team - Special Origin I Edition

State of Origin is many-a-fans favourite time of the year, where the current icons of Rugby League come together to battle their interstate rivals.


2013 sees the second year of Origin Dream Team, where fantasy coaches choose their favourites from Queensland and New South Wales.


The Maroons will be hungry to keep their record streak of Series wins going, while the Blues will be nothing short of desperate to regain the shield that has eluded them since 2005.


Representative Dream Team offers the opportunity for coaches to select a team of six, covering all positions, from either the Blues or the Maroons.


Like Test Match Dream Team, there is no salary cap.


Coaches will have the opportunity to pick a team of absolute superstars.


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If so, dont despair. The best thing about Origin Dream Team is that it allows new coaches to sign up and create teams of their own.


Best of the Bunnies


Despite their position at the top of the ladder, the New South Wales selectors didnt see it fit to select any Rabbitohs in the Blues team on Wednesday Night.


Three of Souths superstars will be in action when they represent the Maroons Greg Inglis, Ben Teo and Chris McQueen.


GI is the best player in the game at the moment. Even though he has shifted into the centres for Origin, he will be firing and looking to inject his barnstorming attack into the game.


Teo will be ready to make his mark in this Origin clash and rest assured that this enforcer will be out to silence his critics in the games biggest arena.


McQueen is Queenslands only debutant and will be up for a huge game to cement his spot in the side.


Whats your play?


Scores in representative versions of Dream Team are often hard to predict, so coaches need to carefully choose which strategy theyll use when selecting.


Will you choose the consistent approach by selecting players who score well every week, or will you take the risk of selecting a game breaker, who has the potential to post a massive score?


The Consistent Coach Approach


WFB: Jarryd Hayne The Hayne Plane is hitting his straps at the right time for NSW. If he makes the most of his opportunity to play fullback, he can be relied upon for a high score.


CTR: Greg Inglis He may have shifted positions, but there is no doubt Meningas strategy will involve QLD players putting the ball in Inglis giant hands...a lot.


HLF: Cooper Cronk It was the toss of a coin between Cronk and James Maloney, with their averages separated by a narrow 1.1 points.


Cronk has performed well under pressure in the past, and rest assured, the Blues will put him in the pressure cooker.


HOK: Cameron Smith Smith has proven himself at every level of the game. As the current top scorer in NRL Dream Team and barring injury, he is guaranteed to play the full game.


FRF: Paul Gallen Despite injury and fitness concerns, Gallen is a warrior when it comes to Origin. He will push through the pain, posting a significant score as a result.


2RF: Sam Thaiday - The back row position is without doubt the toughest of all selections for coaches with a plethora of high scoring options. It is also made harder with regular workhorses, such as Corey Parker and the like, coming off the bench.


Expect a huge workload from Thaiday, especially considering Queenslands shortage of front row options on the bench.


The Risk Takers Approach


HLF: James Maloney Again, a toss of the coin, only this time, with Jonathan Thurston.


Thurston is not in the greatest club form, while Maloney has had an outstanding season to date.


Maloney has also posted the highest single score of the two this season, with 83 points in the Roosters round five clash with the Raiders.


HOK: Robbie Farah He developed an immediate reputation in the 2012 State of Origin Series as a tackling machine.


With Josh Reynolds on the bench, it is not fully clear whether Farah will play the full 80 minutes.


FRF: Andrew Fifita When it comes to Dream Team, Fifita is the standout prop of the NRL season, with an average of 62.


The risk is that he is on debut and coming off the NSW bench. It is unclear how much game time this giant will have.


2RF: Anthony Watmough This would be a toss of the coin, if a coin had about eight sides. Watmough is coming off the bench but can add the intensity that can change the game.


If NSW gets the win, Choc will play a huge part in it.


A couple of final points worth noting are that your captain receives triple points and your vice-captain receives double.


The table below will assist coaches in analysing the players current NRL Dream Team averages. Choose wisely.





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