Paul Gallen has revealed he and Robbie Farah responded to Phil Gould’s scathing criticism by conducting a “selfish” experiment into their performances in State of Origin II with the NSW coaching staff.
One of the first things Blues skipper Gallen, hooker Farah and coach Laurie Daley and his staff did upon entering their Coffs Harbour training base last week ahead of game three was to conduct a review of their efforts in the series-ending game three loss.
Blues coaching great Gould was highly critical of the Blues after their 26-16 loss in Brisbane last month.
In his post-game assessment Gould took aim at the Blues leadership group, describing them as “selfish”. It was an appraisal that was widely received as having been aimed at Gallen and Farah, including by the players themselves.
“I haven’t doubted my ability and I think I have proved that every level I have played,” Gallen said on Monday.
“But we had a meeting the first day of camp and we actually went through the video, me and Laurie and the coaching staff and Robbie to try and look where we were being selfish, we actually tried to find it.”
Gallen was also criticised for taking the ball away from NSW’s playmakers.
“That is the talk but it is not the reality and if people can prove otherwise I will stand corrected,” Gallen said.
“But we actually went looking for evidence that me and Robbie were being selfish and we couldn’t find any. At least Laurie and the coaching staff couldn’t find any.”
The retiring Gallen is yet to speak with Gould about his ongoing criticism.
“I haven’t had the chance to speak to Gus, it has been pretty busy. I am fully open to talking to him, if it does, it does, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t and I will move on,” Gallen said.