• Two straight strong performances have put Mitchell Moses back on the NSW radar for inclusion on the Blues’ State of Origin side, but for the Blues to make a better showing than they did last year, well, pretty much every year, they might be well advised to fill the team up with Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, as that is exactly the sort of larcenous approach the Blues must take to steal a State of Origin victory over the Maroons.

    Blues advisor Greg Alexander told NRL Tonight, regarding Moses, “His last two games, he’s been pretty impressive. I know he was on the radar before the season got underway and it’s been difficult for him to showcase his skills with Parramatta starting the season so poorly and losing their first six games and the halves really struggling and Mitchell was part of that.”

    All players want to play Origin, but does it make sense to reward a player who does not seem to be doing all that much with the football at the NRL level?

    The short answer is that the Blues must fill their list somewhere and the fact that the Parramatta Eels stink at this point in the Telstra 2018 NRL Premiership competition is no reason to neglect Moses.

    But, is Moses’ freewheeling style a good fit for the Blues?

    Is his demeanour and attitude the sort the Blues will need to take a disparate group of players and thrown them up against the best of Queensland?

    Moses was sent off in the first game of the season for a professional foul. Glad to know he did not commit an amateur foul, as the Eels pay him good money. He was also sin-binned in round two, the 54 – 0 loss to the Manly Sea Eagles.

    Perhaps the Blues selectors may think that but for that, the loss to Manly might have been by under 50.