NSW continue to digest Phil Gould’s criticism of their State of Origin efforts as they attempt to stave off a Queensland whitewash, Blues vice-captain Robbie Farah admits.
The Blues leadership group of Farah and skipper Paul Gallen were the subject of a thinly veiled attack from NSW coaching great Gould in the aftermath to their series loss last month, the 10th series defeat in 11 years.
Gould labelled the Blues leadership “selfish” and it is an assessment NSW have not shied away from ahead of next week’s dead rubber game three.
“When you lose you bring criticism upon yourself that is what happened, we are not immune to it,” Farah said.
“Any time you cop criticism it hurts, it is not easy to hear those sort of things.
“But you do take comfort from the fact that I spoke to Laurie and the coaching staff and the players and we believe in what we are doing here.”
In a response to NSW’s continued losing ways, Blues coach Laurie Daley dumped Greg Bird, Matt Moylan and Dylan Walker from his side for Origin III at ANZ Stadium on July 13.
The retiring Gallen has been retained for his farewell Origin fixture.
But the axing of Bird is a sure sign from Daley, who will blood eight rookies this series, that NSW will be significantly overhauled in 2017.
Farah and Michael Jennings could be two other Blues for whom game three could be their last interstate outing.
“I haven’t thought that far ahead,” Farah said.
“I treat every Origin game as my last.”
Farah’s Wests Tigers teammate James Tedesco, who will make his Origin debut next week, is seen as a big part of the Blues’ future.
“They could not not pick, him, he just has to continue to do what he did at the ‘Tigers. If he does that he will look like he belongs in Origin,” Farah said.