Queensland will have more concerns about Mitchell Moses than Adam Reynolds, according to Parramatta and NSW legend Peter Sterling. Sterling believes that Moses’ speed and agility will pose a significant threat to the Maroons whenever he has the ball. This has Sterling excited about the Blues’ chances of not just making history, but defying it in Wednesday night’s State of Origin clash. Observing Moses’ fitness and form during a training session at CommBank Stadium, Sterling expresses his approval of NSW coach Brad Fittler‘s decision to include Moses in the lineup after Nathan Cleary‘s injury setback.
Sterling, also known as ‘Sterlo’, recognizes the talent and capabilities of Broncos halfback Reynolds, but still feels that Moses offers more with the ball. With Moses’ exceptional speed, Queensland will be more worried about him running the football compared to other contenders for the halfback position. Sterling emphasizes Moses’ ability to swiftly move on the field, making him a significant running threat that the Maroons cannot afford to overlook.
Having experienced the challenges of playing in Brisbane during his own career, Sterling acknowledges the difficulty of winning an Origin clash in this hostile territory. He reminisces about the days when Blues players would drive down Caxton Street, face the Caxton Hotel crowd, and even dodge beer cans hurled their way if the home team faced setbacks. Sterling compares the current Blues’ opportunity to “defy history” to his own experiences. He believes that the team did enough in the previous game to secure a victory, especially with the advantage of possession and good field position. However, Sterling suggests that the Blues need to play a more dynamic game rather than relying on one-out plays.
Although Sterling’s allegiance lies with NSW, he takes a moment to commend Queensland’s own Daly Cherry-Evans. Despite not receiving as much recognition as he deserves, Cherry-Evans is considered by Sterling to be a complete player who consistently delivers in a simple and classy manner.
A loss in the upcoming match may raise questions about Fittler’s future as coach. However, Sterling insists that Fittler’s influence in reinvigorating interest and respect for the Blues cannot be underestimated. Regardless of future coaching changes, Sterling hopes that the next person in charge will continue to build upon Fittler’s success in taking the team to new heights. Sterling concludes by commending Fittler for his remarkable accomplishments as coach thus far.
On a separate note, Reynolds made an appearance at a Brisbane Lions game at the Gabba, participating in the ‘Big Freeze’ event to raise funds for the treatment of motor neurone disease. He delighted the crowd by successfully scoring a goal from the boundary line.