#ORIGIN | Rick's weekly column looks at whether the dead rubber's worth the hassle - and if it is, w...
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The game was a nail-biter with the result not clear until the final minute. This is now occurring regularly in the NRL competition.
The fans and supporters are happy and it would be imagined that the NRL and Fox Sports and to a lesser extent, Channel 9, would be ecstatic over the closeness of the games.
* Where was Stacey Jones?
They only needed a key player to 'take the game by the scruff of the neck' and show them how to win.
Stacey Jones had a couple of nice touches and that is expected of him but overall he did not take his runners to the line and he lacked creativity for the better part of the game.
Maybe the long 2002-year, which included the Kiwi tour to the UK, is starting to have a burnout effect for the Warriors.
Daniel Anderson has recognised and stated that Stacey is the Warriors' key player and expects him to have the majority of ball carries from his position as first receiver. The opposition knows that also, but they have had to combat his brilliance with the ball in his hands and creating the plays.
It is not sufficient to be the key player and only catch and pass. Leadership and example was needed for the Warriors to win the game.
The union boy, Sharkey Robinson, may be helpful as a Warrior back up player during the year, but at age 27 it is hard to see him going much further in Rugby League. His dummy half play showed an effective long pass that would be expected from a union halfback, but his passing was slow off the ground as he rose with the ball and his overall performance was not up to the NRL elite level.