This article was first written and published for the Roar.
The New South Wales Blues may have gone into State of Origin Game 1 as favourites, but when the siren went, the scoreline was 18-14 in favour of the Queensland Maroons.
The day after, rugby league Twitter went into meltdown. It’s true that the takes about footy are never hotter than the day after an Origin match.
Fans went to panic stations, pondering what would need to happen for the Blues to beat Queensland in Game 2.
There were certainly some worrying signs for the Blues in Game 1, particularly their inability to capitalise on attacking opportunities within their 20 metre zone for the whole game, the ability of the Queensland forwards to dominate the forward battle in the second half and the fact that the Blues only went into the sheds up by eight at half time because of the three tries that Queensland bombed during the first half.
So what needs to change?
Funnily enough for me; not much.
The first thing that Brad Fittler needs to change is the way he used his interchange bench.
David Klemmer was NSW’s most effective forward. He played for 50 minutes of the game and did not return.
Tyson Frizell was another player who was promising for NSW early but he also played far less minutes than he should have. He went off after 29 minutes.