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Is Jack Wighton finally ready for NSW Blues call up?

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Is NSW Blues star who never was, Jack Wighton, finally ready for Origin call-up?

Could it finally be time for Raiders star Jack Wighton to become an Origin player? If not in the halves, then perhaps as a centre or bench utility? NSW coach Brad Fittler likes what he sees?

“Jack Wighton’s been in outstanding form this year,” Fittler said“He’s just so strong, his kicking game’s been good for a first time [half]; this is the first time he’s really been in the frontline, he’s been fullback for a number of . years.”

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I suppose he could fill the spot that Peachy had last year on the bench. Can cover the halves, outside backs and backrow.

Could actually be a clever pick.
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Timbo wrote:
May 6, 2019, 2:57 pm
I suppose he could fill the spot that Peachy had last year on the bench. Can cover the halves, outside backs and backrow.

Could actually be a clever pick.
Was thinking this yesterday actually. Peachey didn't really lock down his spot last year and form is scratchy in 2019. Makes the NSW no14 up for grabs. Wighton can cover every position in the back line so has the versatility. If he keeps up the form of this last weekend then he'll come right into consideration.

Who would be the other options for bench utility?
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Northern Raider wrote:
Timbo wrote:
May 6, 2019, 2:57 pm
I suppose he could fill the spot that Peachy had last year on the bench. Can cover the halves, outside backs and backrow.

Could actually be a clever pick.
Was thinking this yesterday actually. Peachey didn't really lock down his spot last year and form is scratchy in 2019. Makes the NSW no14 up for grabs. Wighton can cover every position in the back line so has the versatility. If he keeps up the form of this last weekend then he'll come right into consideration.

Who would be the other options for bench utility?
I feel like #14 will be given to Cody Walker, but it would make sense to have Jack in there
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Sid wrote:
May 6, 2019, 3:34 pm
Northern Raider wrote:
Timbo wrote:
May 6, 2019, 2:57 pm
I suppose he could fill the spot that Peachy had last year on the bench. Can cover the halves, outside backs and backrow.

Could actually be a clever pick.
Was thinking this yesterday actually. Peachey didn't really lock down his spot last year and form is scratchy in 2019. Makes the NSW no14 up for grabs. Wighton can cover every position in the back line so has the versatility. If he keeps up the form of this last weekend then he'll come right into consideration.

Who would be the other options for bench utility?
I feel like #14 will be given to Cody Walker, but it would make sense to have Jack in there
If they picked on form then Walker would be no6.

NSW selectors in a quandary. Their winning halves combo of last year is struggling for form in 2019.
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In form Raiders players have been brushed before and I'm afraid it will be more of the same...
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Cleary going fine

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Long odds but I really hope BJ has a huge 3 weeks and gets that right center spot.

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edwahu wrote:Long odds but I really hope BJ has a huge 3 weeks and gets that right center spot.
This week he marks up against Latrell, mo better time to put forward your case.

The media have talked up Latrell this week like he is unstoppable.


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I think in a fortnight Jack, BJ and Cotric will have a pretty clear case, or not, for origin inclusion.

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I'd love to see Jack given a shot on the bench.

I can't see any logic to keeping the incumbent 6,7 and 14.

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BadnMean wrote:
May 6, 2019, 4:33 pm
I think in a fortnight Jack, BJ and Cotric will have a pretty clear case, or not, for origin inclusion.
Spot on. We win those two games and all three play well it will be hard to leave them out.

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Roberts probably wont be there. More likely in reserve grade .

But they will pick Bird before they pick Joey or Toots.

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3 premierships, 3 dally M's and a Clive Churchill medal. Might get a thought.

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I don't know if Jack will be selected for Origin but I do know this. The Blues won last year series because Fittler picked in form players. From what we've all seen this year Mahoney and Cleary are goneski.

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The thought actually crossed my mind more than once during the game on the weekend as Jack carved up and made Maloney and Cleary look stupid.

But it's the Blues and they always pick names and almost never form and so I don't trust them one iota to do the right thing at all.

Even saw a few social media suggestions to push Mitchell across to the other centre and bring in Croker...which is far from the worst idea.

But I'm quite convinced that we'll be on the same as usual and the Blues would sooner pick losers out of position than pick Raiders.
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Northern Raider wrote:
May 6, 2019, 3:14 pm
Timbo wrote:
May 6, 2019, 2:57 pm
I suppose he could fill the spot that Peachy had last year on the bench. Can cover the halves, outside backs and backrow.

Could actually be a clever pick.
Was thinking this yesterday actually. Peachey didn't really lock down his spot last year and form is scratchy in 2019. Makes the NSW no14 up for grabs. Wighton can cover every position in the back line so has the versatility. If he keeps up the form of this last weekend then he'll come right into consideration.

Who would be the other options for bench utility?
Radley may have a bit of a claim.
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No.
I like what i've seen from him so far, but he's still making WAY too many errors to be thrown into that sort of high stakes game.

He's not ready.
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They also mentioned Cam Murray today as the number 14


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Timbo wrote:
May 6, 2019, 7:41 pm
Northern Raider wrote:
May 6, 2019, 3:14 pm
Timbo wrote:
May 6, 2019, 2:57 pm
I suppose he could fill the spot that Peachy had last year on the bench. Can cover the halves, outside backs and backrow.

Could actually be a clever pick.
Was thinking this yesterday actually. Peachey didn't really lock down his spot last year and form is scratchy in 2019. Makes the NSW no14 up for grabs. Wighton can cover every position in the back line so has the versatility. If he keeps up the form of this last weekend then he'll come right into consideration.

Who would be the other options for bench utility?
Radley may have a bit of a claim.
A bit early for Radley. A ton of talent needing more refinement. They would bring him into camp for experience and that's about it.
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Green eyed Mick wrote:
May 6, 2019, 4:46 pm
I'd love to see Jack given a shot on the bench.

I can't see any logic to keeping the incumbent 6,7 and 14.
The only logic is sticking with a winning team. They're definitely not in form. It's a tough call for Fittler TBH.
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Well as a Queenslander I HOPE New South Wales chops and changes their halves again... it’s what they do best!


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PigRickman wrote:
May 6, 2019, 7:47 pm
No.
I like what i've seen from him so far, but he's still making WAY too many errors to be thrown into that sort of high stakes game.

He's not ready.
He's twice the player Peachy is already. I think he'd go to another level.

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I don't think Jack will be selected. Too many errors for SOO. I would go with Cleary and Keary in the halves. Keary is in such good form - and was the best in last years Grand Final - so I think he should be picked. Cleary provides another good tactical kicking option because hooker Cook does not have a strong kicking game. Also Cleary plays on the right and Keary plays on the left for their Club sides so they compliment each other. Keary, Mitchell and Cordner looks a very strong left side attack for NSW who will have speedster Addo-Carr outside them. Teddy will be fullback.

Given the injury to Turbo Tom the right side is more problematic. Does he look at bad boys Dugan and Ferguson or out of form Roberts. Does he look to newbies like Nic Cotric, Lomax and Xerri or some mixture of both. Would BJ be considered? Plenty of options.

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6. Keary
7. Cleary

14. Walker

That's the logical form v incumbency selection, in my books. Also a combination that could work for a long time.

I think Wighton could handle Origin and adds a lot injury cover at 14 but not sure what his role would be if it's just as a sub. On the other hand, Walker could break the game open coming on when QLD is tired, which what Fittler will go for, I reckon.

Right centre will be tough. BJ is the form selection and who I'd choose but will have a big job shaking off his reputation as a loose cannon. Of the other options in that article, Roberts stinks, is injured and out of form; Jack Bird stinks and is out of form; Aitken isn't really good enough; and Croker is good enough but won't get a look in due to just not being the type of player that gets selected for Origin. So maybe Wighton is a chance there.

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Bird has played ok in a stinker of a team from what I have seen. He will probably get it.

Toots plays on the wrong side unfortunately or he would have a huge shot.

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Wighton should only be considered as a centre or winger. He’d do a good job out there imo.

Peachey at 14 should still be one of the first players picked for NSW. Your utility needs to be able to cover hooker and a back line injury. It’s ideal if they can defend back row and run from dummy half. This is Peachey’s born role.

Wighton does not cover dummy half.
Cody Walker does not cover dummy half or an outside back spot (only ever played 1 or 6 in first grade from memory)
Radley/Murray do not cover the outside backs or halves.
well, I guess you could say that I'm buy curious.

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RedRaider wrote:
May 6, 2019, 11:40 pm
Does he look to newbies like Nic Cotric, Lomax and Xerri or some mixture of both. Would BJ be considered? Plenty of options.
Lomax and Xerri are baffling mentions.

Right centre should honestly be picked out of Leilua, Crocker and Wighton. No one can convince me they’re not the next best 3 nsw centers after Latrell.
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As for the open centre and winger positions, I think Ferguson will be given one of the positions and a Raider the other for game 1 until T. Trbojevic is fit again.

Raiders having the best defence in the competition so far should help push the cases of some of the Raiders players who had question marks on their defence.
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Ruben Daley wrote:
May 7, 2019, 6:22 am
6. Keary
7. Cleary

14. Walker

That's the logical form v incumbency selection, in my books. Also a combination that could work for a long time.

I think Wighton could handle Origin and adds a lot injury cover at 14 but not sure what his role would be if it's just as a sub. On the other hand, Walker could break the game open coming on when QLD is tired, which what Fittler will go for, I reckon.

Right centre will be tough. BJ is the form selection and who I'd choose but will have a big job shaking off his reputation as a loose cannon. Of the other options in that article, Roberts stinks, is injured and out of form; Jack Bird stinks and is out of form; Aitken isn't really good enough; and Croker is good enough but won't get a look in due to just not being the type of player that gets selected for Origin. So maybe Wighton is a chance there.
This is the best blend of form vs incumbency for mine too, although I still secretly hope NSW changes all three!

If Cleary is dropped after one winning series it just shows NSW have NFI how to build a winning squad over several seasons.
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I thought we'd be able to move past the Peachy is good talk this year. Ah well, round we go again. I think the play makers will be:
6. Keary
7. Cleary

As for the 14 it could be anyone of Victor Radley, Jack Bird or Wighton depending on what you want to cover and who else you have on your bench. Bird has been one of the better broncos players recently and always goes up a gear for big games but I'd be choosing either Radley or Wighton.

That right edge is going to be interesting. It's a real shame Mitchell isn't a right edge player or I think we'd be seeing Croker get in on the left.
Freddy could choose a Bird / Fergo right edge but I'd be hoping for a Leilua / Cotric combo. Surely guys like Roberts and Scott are out of the picture now they're in reserve grade.

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quite a few guys that were having their name bought up to play centre for NSW last year have had falls from grace this year.

Roberts - dropped
Curtis Scott - dropped
Jessie Ramien - not getting much ball in an under performing side
Aitkin - Benched
Dugan - Now a winger, not a centre
Bird - Stinking it up in a side playing well below standard
Peachey - Not doing too well
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Sid wrote:
May 7, 2019, 12:05 pm
quite a few guys that were having their name bought up to play centre for NSW last year have had falls from grace this year.

Roberts - dropped
Curtis Scott - dropped
Jessie Ramien - not getting much ball in an under performing side
Aitkin - Benched
Dugan - Now a winger, not a centre
Bird - Stinking it up in a side playing well below standard
Peachey - Not doing too well
Bird has not been stinking it up. Hes probably been their best, not that it means anything
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simo wrote:
May 7, 2019, 12:12 pm
Sid wrote:
May 7, 2019, 12:05 pm
quite a few guys that were having their name bought up to play centre for NSW last year have had falls from grace this year.

Roberts - dropped
Curtis Scott - dropped
Jessie Ramien - not getting much ball in an under performing side
Aitkin - Benched
Dugan - Now a winger, not a centre
Bird - Stinking it up in a side playing well below standard
Peachey - Not doing too well
Bird has not been stinking it up. Hes probably been their best, not that it means anything
Not been impressed with him. Too often cutting back in then running across field. Pads out his tackle break stats and achieves little else. If NSW think thats the way to go then good luck to them.
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Bird has butchered about four tries this season with the line open.

Leilua or Croker are the logical picks. I'd also cop Ramien, he's looked very very good when he's actually got some ball.
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