Game two of the 2013 State Of Origin series was a disaster for New South Wales. Not too many of the Blues players could hold their head high after the 26-6 thrashing Queensland handed them.
Two players stood out though…
Aaron Woods and Nathan Merritt made their State Of Origin debuts after a groundswell of supports from fans, players and coaches. It seemed that most wanted to see Woods and Merritt to get their chance at State Of Origin level. People had faith they would get the job done.
Oh how wrong we were….
Both Woods and Merritt had just about the worst State Of Origin debuts you could imagine.
Woods didn’t see a great deal of game time considering he was starting in the front row, but the work he did was soft. He made zero impact in the match in what was the worst performance I have ever seen by a State Of Origin forward.
He was so bad that I rated him a ZERO in my State Of Origin game two player ratings. I’ve never rated a player that low for any game I’ve watched.
For Merritt, he was targeted by Queensland and looked all over the place in defense. While he wasn’t helped by some terrible defense in field, the sight of Merritt flying in field to tackle no one just before Queensland scored tries was just a horror show!
So, who had the worse State Of Origin debut? Vote now:
Personally, I was outraged by Aaron Woods soft performance in State Of Origin two. I don’t rate him at club level at all. He leads the worst forward pack in the NRL. To see him having zero impact in a State Of Origin game was disgraceful.
Merritt, well he would need some sort of miracle to ever play State Of Origin football again. Just a disastrous debut.
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