Coach Ricky Stuart's Anthem from game one lasted just 80 minutes. At numerous press conferences before Origin One there was some key factors NSW was to focus to build a dynasty.
Giving the same squad a chance to perform over a whole series was definitely a must. Picking players in their positions was critical.
Jarred Hayne was sensationally left out because Ricky would not pick him out of position and Stuart also remarked perhaps he was a five eight not a fullback. Also current incumbent test centre Jamaal Idris. However he was called in as the eighteenth man later in the week and watched the game from the side line. An explanation was given to the Test Centre that he would not be picked because he was a left centre and not a right centre.
Oh how eighty minutes change the way a coach thinks. Heading into Origin two and Jarred Hayne gets picked on the wing, out of position. An injury to centre Michael Jennings naturally brings in the 18th man Jamaal Idris, right? Wrong. In comes a 19 year old fullback to play out of position, Strange isn't it? Dean Young and Jason King get the boot from a coach who says he will give them the series to gel, strange isn't it?
The preview from north of the border can be summed up in one simple phrase, "business as usual". It doesn't matter who they pick they play with the same three key attributes, pride passion and power.
I can't wait to see what's next if NSW lose again, the changes will have enough turns and twists to put pen to a mystery novel.