Josh Morris on NSW Blues' Prospects for Origin 2023 Game 2
In this video Eloise Sohier engages in a fascinating discussion with former NSW Blues star Josh Morris on the imminent Game 2 of Origin 2023.
Following a disappointing loss in Game 1, the NSW Blues are preparing to reclaim their standing in the upcoming match. Morris noted the team's primary focus would be on "little effort areas", which he believes were decisive in the previous game. Commenting on the Lindsay Collins try, he noted that the team's lack of effort led to Cameron Munster successfully running past about five Blues jumpers.
The Blues are also dealing with player changes, most notably the withdrawal of Latrell Mitchell due to a calf injury. While Mitchell's absence is significant, Morris expressed confidence in Stephen Crichton, who performed well in Game 1 and has had a strong season overall.
Mitch Moses's entry into the team was another talking point. Moses, who last played in 2021 and led the Parramatta side to the Grand Final last year, brings experience and a strong kicking game to the table. Morris asserted that Moses is now in a prime position to dominate from the outset, given his maturity and match experience.
The discussion also centered on the potential impact of Luai, who was criticized before Game 1. Luai has a golden opportunity to silence his critics with a dominant performance in the upcoming game.
In terms of strategy, the Blues have chosen to play two hookers, a decision Morris supports. The speed of Rhys Robson, who will join Damian Cook in this role, is expected to provide an edge against the Maroons' mobile pack.
The Maroons, on the other hand, have maintained stability, making changes primarily due to injuries. They have chosen experienced players, creating a formidable side. Despite this, Morris confidently backed the Blues to rise to the challenge.
Finally, the pair discussed the impact of the venue, Suncorp Stadium, known for its intense atmosphere that often favors the home side. While acknowledging the added difficulty, Morris asserted that a win for the Blues is achievable. He stressed the importance of precise training and communication to counter the deafening crowd noise and keep the series alive.
In closing, Morris reaffirmed his unwavering support for the Blues and anticipated a close but victorious outcome for them in the upcoming game.
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