Sunday 17 December 2017 / 03:22 PM

SIX UP THE MIDDLE: CHANGES THE BLUES MUST MAKE

With the series now over, Laurie Daley and Bob Fulton must make sweeping changes for the dead-rubber.

James Tedesco for Matt Moylan
Moylan has been solid enough for the first two games but his slight frame has seen him man-handled too often. Tedesco is the best player available to the Blues, period. He’s strong physically and a legitimate creator as well as a runner. He should have the No.1 jumper for a decade.

Jake Trbojevic for Paul Gallen
There should be no sentimentality at Origin level. Gallen has had enough opportunities. Farewells shouldn’t be for Origin skippers who cannot win series. Trbojevic is a mature player with great footwork who could be leading New South Wales one day. He deserves an opportunity now.

Tom Trbojevic for Blake Ferguson
Blake Ferguson has been one of the big disappointments of the series. He was quiet in the opener and appalling in Game 2. Trbojevic is a player who never stops trying and with his speed is an outside back who could actually scare Queensland.

Bryce Cartwright for Greg Bird
Bird has had a decorated Origin career but it is time for him to be moved on for a new generation of players. Cartwright is a brilliant attacking forward with a unique set of skills that the Blues could desperately use, as their attack was again held to just two tries.

Nathan Peats for Robbie Farah
Robbie Farah has been a great servant for the Blues but culturally he is a player in the group Phil Gould unleashed on post-game. The Blues don’t have great depth at hooker but Nathan Peats is a hard worker who has been very good for a few years.

James Roberts for Dylan Walker
Walker simply couldn’t keep up with the game on Wednesday night, conceding three penalties very early on. Greg Inglis had a field day against him. James Roberts is no shutdown defender but he is a dangerous attacking weapon.

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Nick Tedeschi

You will not find a more passionate rugby league man than Nick, whose Making The Nut column has garnered a huge cult following over the last decade. The Sydney-based raconteur co-authored The Book of NRL Lists with CBS stablemate WILL EVANS in 2014 and has penned several other books; he joined the CBS team with his weekly Six Up The Middle feature in 2016.

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