Blues not up to Maroons just yet

So this morning we should be a little clearer on the State of Origin picture.

A test match has been run and won.

City and Country have slugged it out.

And the Blues boardroom will be crunching the numbers.

But the fact is, from a Blues perspective, they're not.

In the grand scheme of things, New South Wales are still no closer to finalising its squad to try and break its Origin drought.

Names continue to be coughed up for representative honours.

Names that have been there before, and failed.

Time and time again.

And through it all, suitable solutions simply haven't emerged.

Here in Sydney there is anticipation and expectation surrounding Origin 2011.

Supporters on the street genuinely believe the Blues can return to the top.

But there's little weight to back up such grand designs.

Queensland has a better fullback.

In fact, the Maroons' back-up options are better than anything the Blues have at their disposal.

The halves are dominant in every department.

While the Blues are mulling over which combination to pick, Queensland is rueing the ones they have to leave out.

The hooker is among the best players in the game.

The queue runs deep there as well.

On the other side of the scrum, New South Wales will stick to a once-cooked recipe that should have been booted off the menu long ago.

You just know what you're going to be served and I'm convinced Blues diners will be sending back their fare and demanding better service.

The dynasty will be broken eventually Queenslanders.

Unfortunately, our time will come. But surrounded by sky-blue patriots day-in day-out down here, I’m convinced it won’t be in 2011.

Call the engraver now.

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