Stuart slams Origin move to Melbourne

NSW Origin coach Ricky Stuart has slammed the decision of the games powerbrokers to take the opening game of this year’s State Of Origin series to Melbourne.

The Blues were due to host two matches in the 2012 series.

“It’s ridiculous we have to go to Melbourne,” Stuart said on Triple M’s The Rush Hour. “I don’t think we respect the players in regards to taking that game away.”

“If the shoe was on the other foot and Queensland (had lost the last) six series, they’d change their decision.”

When The Rush Hour host Dan Ginnane had pointed out the decision to shift the game would have been rubber stamped by Stuart’s bosses at the NSWRL, the Blues coach was unrelenting.

“I’m a coach that gets employed on results, not on promotion. I would have loved to have had two games at home this year. Last year was the best Origin experience I’ve had at ANZ Stadium.”

Stuart also expressed his disappointment with the pressure Danny Buderus was placed under to play in Mudgee.

“I believe that we didn’t treat him with the respect he deserves,” Stuart told The Rush Hour. “The easiest thing for Danny Buderus would be to say ‘I don’t want to play rep football, (but) if he puts his hand up to say ‘I’m available’, that’s the type of culture we’re looking for.”

Stuart was underwhelmed with the weekend’s City v Country game, the dedicated Origin selection trial.

“Not a real Origin style of performance defensively. You can’t fall out of a game and both teams did – one not starting well and the other team not starting the second half well and letting the opposition back into it – that was disappointing for me.”

“There were areas I was disappointed in to be quite honest.”

Stuart did make special mention of youngsters Tariq Sims and Aaron Woods.

“Both will be origin players. 100% both will play Origin. When, is the big question.”

Tariq Sims. He’s just a creature for Origin.”

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