Grapple: 12 November 2020

6.05-6.20: Segment 1: GA and Patchy-penultimate program for 2020

Big program tonight: Macca at 6.20 to review SOO game 2, look at all the player ratings, preview game 3 and chat about the rule changes in 2020 and possible new rules in 2021 but if that’s not enough, Amy Bock will join us at 6.40 to preview the women’s SOO game being played tomorrow night on the Sunshine Coast
SOO Game 2:
· A lot can change in a week – wonder if Gladys B. sent Anastasia P. a text message as Queensland were out-enthused, out-muscled and out-played last night as Blues halfback Nathan Cleary bounced back into form in style to silence the doubters in his side’s emphatic 34-10 win over the Maroons. James Tedesco put on a masterclass in his first game as NSW captain to help his side square the series and force a decider- 100% success rate- quit while he’s ahead.

· Despite yet another solid performance from Origin superstar Dane Gagai, a freakish try from rookie Xavier Coates and a bit of fire in the belly from two rookie forwards, the Game I Maroons were no where to be seen including star paly maker Cameron Munster who failed HIA after just 2 minutes.

· But what about those disrespectful fans who booed during the Remembrance Day ceremony prior to the game

· Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V'landys says the potential return of large State of Origin crowds in 2021 would mean the series shifts back to its regular mid-season slot. After a 25% drop in Channel Nine's ratings for Origin I in Adelaide last week, V'landys is anticipating a return to the regular May-July representative window next year, particularly if restrictions ease and allow for more game-day revenue to be generated from crowds. A "more informed decision" on next year's fixturing could be made after last night's ratings and crowd turnout in Sydney. The Rugby League World Cup is also scheduled for next November in England however the tournament's viability is clouded by the UK's second wave of COVID-19.

· The NSWRL has stated it will run a 10-team NSW Cup competition in 2021 in line with the NRL competition. NSWRL head of football Robert Lowrie said the full home and away second-tier competition will kick-off the same weekend as the NRL. "Additionally, we are working with an NRL representative from the Apollo Committee to construct bio-security protocols to mitigate risk and to enable player movement between the NRL and NSW Cup."

· Qld Cup scheduled to commence 20-21 March

Coming up after the break we’ll be joined by our resident NRL expert Greg ‘Macca’ McCallum– dissect SOO 2 and player ratings - all that and more here on the Grapple 101.5fm sports

6.18-6.22: Break

6.22-6.38: Segment 2: GA, Patchy, and Macca  - 3-way turf talk

SOO 2:

Player ratings: NSW BLUES

1. JAMES TEDESCO 9: 2. DANIEL TUPOU 8: 3. CLINT GUTHERSON 6:

4. JACK WIGHTON 7: 5. JOSH ADDO-CARR 8: 6. CODY WALKER 7:

7. NATHAN CLEARY 9: 8. DANIEL SAIFITI 7: 9. DAMIEN COOK 7:

10. PAYNE HAAS 9: 11. ANGUS CRICHTON 8: 12. TYSON FRIZELL 6:

13. JAKE TRBOJEVIC 6:

INTERCHANGE: 14. DALE FINUCANE 8: 15. JUNIOR PAULO 7:

16. NATHAN BROWN 6: 17. ISAAH YEO 8:

QUEENSLAND PLAYER RATINGS

1. VALENTINE HOLMES 4.5: 2. XAVIER COATES 5.5: 3. KURT CAPEWELL 6.5:

4. DANE GAGAI 7: 5. PHILLIP SAMI 4: 6. CAMERON MUNSTER N/A:

7. DALY CHERRY-EVANS 5: 8. DUNAMIS LUI 5: 9. JAKE FRIEND 5.5:

10. JOSH PAPALII 6: 11. FELISE KAUFUSI 5: 12. JAYDN SU’A 6:

13. TINO FA’ASUAMALEAUI 6.5:

14. BEN HUNT 5: 15. LINDSAY COLLINS 6.5: 16. JAI ARROW 5

17. MOEAKI FOTUAIKA 5:

So where to for Game 3???

New rules in 2020:

· six more tackles rather than a penalty for ruck infringements

· one on-field referee

· captain's challenge

· change to bunker- 1 official only

Experimental rulings for 2021:

· Use of the "six-again" rule for 10-metre infringements

· Handover for kicks into touch rather than a scrum

· Nominated forwards only to pack in scrums

· Change in the Bunker referral process to reduce stoppages

Women’s SOO:
· The women's State of Origin clash will take place at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Friday, 13 November with kick-off set for 7.45pm. The Blues have won the past four interstate fixtures. Coming up after the break our exclusive preview of the Women’s SOO game with our very own Amy Bock –all that and more here on the Grapple on 101.5fm sports

6.38-6.42: Break

6.42-6.58: Segment 3: GA, Patchy and Amy Bock

Women’s SOO tomorrow night:
BACKS

1 Tamika Upton 1 Botille Vette-Welsh

2 Shenae Ciesiolka 2 Jessica Sergis

3 Julia Robinson 3 Tiana Penitani

4 Lauren Brown 4 Isabelle Kelly

5 Karina Brown 5 Shanice Parker

6 Tarryn Aiken 6 Corban McGregor

7 Zahara Temara 7 Melanie Howard
FORWARDS

8 Chelsea Lenarduzzi 8 Simaima Taufa

9 Brittany Breayley 9 Keeley Davis

10 Stephanie Hancock 10 Millie Boyle

11 Tallisha Harden 11 Kezie Apps

12 Tazmin Gray 12 Shaylee Bent

13 Ali Brigginshaw 13 Hannah Southwell
INTERCHANGE

14 Rona Peters 14 Quincy Dodd

15 Annette Brander 15 Filomina Hanisi

16 Shannon Mato 16 Sarah Togatuki

17 Shaniah Power 17 Yasmin Meakes
Match Officials

· Referee: Belinda Sharpe

· Touch Judges: Liam Kennedy and Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski

· Senior Review Official: Shayne Hayne

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