IF ONLY?the NSW rugby league side was this dominant.
The Blues’ oztag counterparts have just completed a clean sweep of Queensland in their State of Origin series.
Port Macquarie’s men’s over-40s side won the right to represent NSW when it defended its state title at Tamworth in March.
NSW won the first game in Caloundra last weekend in golden-try extra time, 6-5.
Brad Deegenaars was the hero for NSW, scoring the
The side backed up to win the second game, and the series,
4-1, before completing the sweep 7-2. Port Macquarie and NSW coach Dave Bradley was thrilled with his side’s efforts.
“Hard work and training really paid dividends,” Bradley said.
“It’s an old cliche but in oztag you are only as good as your weakest link. We are very even across the park.”
Bradley said he wasn’t as happy with NSW’s defence in game one, but was pleased with the stronger performance in game two.
“It was a much improved defensive effort,” he said.
The Blues stepped it up another gear in game three, Bradley said.
“We played some really good football and dominated the Queensland side,” he said.
Steve van Gemert led the side superbly, Bradley said, with some solid contributions from senior players including Deegenaars, Jason New, Shaun Magnus, Greg Gleeson and Greg Smith.
Bradley was just happy to get the win over the Maroons.
“It’s good beating Queensland in anything,” he said.
Next up for the side is a tilt at defending its national title, in Coffs Harbour in November.
If the side is successful there, that will make an amazing six titles in a row, after State Cup, the national title and Origin in 2011, and the State Cup and Origin in 2012.
Bradley said training would begin next month.
“We’ll have ourselves a good side,” he said.