By Scott Woodward I get it that NSW coach Laurie Daley has never been in charge of an NRL team, but how on earth has he come up with this 17 to take on Queensland next Wednesday night in Sydney? Let’s take it from the top; what happens if skipper and only hooker Robbie Farah gets hurt? Answer: There is no hooker to come in which means either forward Beau Scott or Josh Jackson will have to tackle and pass the ball. They certainly will not be running from dummy half and creating any try assists. That brings us to the all-important half’s duo of Mitch Pearce and Trent Hodkinson, and surprise, there is no alternative should an injury occur. Robbie Farah would likely come into the half’s simply because there is no one else. This is total incompetence by the Blues coach and his selectors and sends out the message to the Maroons that they probably cannot score 22 points, so they will try and restrict what Queensland can post with big forwards. The Maroons initially intended to start Daly Cherry-Evans from the bench, but he is out injured and they also will likely have four forwards on the bench, but the major difference is they have the great Greg Inglis who can fill in at both pivot and fullback. NSW do not have anyone as versatile as GI (or as good). NSW had several options but have elected to take a high risk strategy. Brilliant teenager Sione Mata’utia could have been selected at centre in place of Joss Morris, which would have also covered the fullback spot. I would have selected Josh Dugan at right centre as he is a big body and would have looked after GI well, or as well as anyone can. This would have allowed Matt Moylan to debut at fullback, and unlike Dugan, he is a ball player and has brilliant pace. This combination creates points which are what NSW needs if they are to beat the Maroons. Dugan is a brilliant runner but has a poor passing game. The other advantage in playing Moylan is that he was a pivot five years ago and could have slotted in to the halfs should an injury occur and Dugan drops in to fullback. This would give NSW some contingencies. Souths Dylan Walker could have also been the right centre, and he also can play 6 if required. The home advantage for NSW is about just under a converted try so if they adopt the defensive approach they certainly have a shot of success in a low scoring game, but if the Maroons get out to an early lead then creating the points to take the lead back will be almost impossible. Also, if anything happens to the Blues 9, 7 or 6 in the run then get on the phone and ring your bookie because it will be all one way Maroon traffic. Punters should not only back the Maroons to win the match, but also to win the series as NSW best chance of winning one of the three Origins is game one next week. NSW team: Josh Dugan; Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Josh Morris, Will Hopoate; Mitchell Pearce, Trent Hodkinson; Aaron Woods, Robbie Farah (c), James Tamou, Ryan Hoffman, Beau Scott, Josh Jackson. Interchange: Trent Merrin, Boyd Cordner, David Klemmer, Andrew Fifita. Queensland team: Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Will Chambers, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Nate Myles, Cameron Smith, Matt Scott, Sam Thaiday, Aidan Guerra, Corey Parker. Interchange: Josh McGuire, Jacob Lillyman, Matt Gillett, Dylan Napa. NRL betting tips and previews.