A-GRADERS Dayne Beams and David Armitage are clearly the stars of a Queensland midfield that lacks depth, and would struggle to compete with their New South Wales counterparts in our annual fantasy Origin match-up.
But, while both defences are on the flimsy side, one area in which either the Maroons or the Blues could match powerhouses Victoria, WA and SA would be the attacks, which pack considerable firepower.
Who wins? NSW in an absolute shootout.
As is Origin rules, these teams are based on where players most played their junior football, and includes those who may be available to play next week, such as Nick Riewoldt and Rory Thompson from Queensland, but not a Gary Ablett or Jimmy Bartel for Victoria, who face longer stints on the sidelines.
And while some selections come down to current form, many others are simply out of necessity.
BACKS: Lee Spurr (Morningside/FRE), Rory Thompson (Southport/GC), Clay Cameron (Mt Gravatt/GC).
HALFBACKS: Jarrod Harbrow (Cairns/GC), Joel Tippett (Southport/NM), Claye Beams (Labrador/BL).
MIDFIELDERS: Courtenay Dempsey (Manunda Hawks/ESS), Dayne Beams (Labrador/BL), Brendan Whitecross (Zillmere/HAW).
HALF FORWARDS: Tom Bell (Morningside/CARL), Nick Riewoldt (Southport/STK), Alex Sexton (Redland/GC).
FORWARDS: Kurt Tippett (Southport/SYD), Charlie Dixon (Cairns/GC), Dayne Zorko (Broadbeach/BL).
FOLLOWERS: David Hale (Broadbeach/HAW), Adam Oxley (Redland/COLL), David Armitage (Morningside/STK).
INTERCHANGE: Andrew Raines (Southport/GC), Rohan Bail (Mt Gravatt/MELB), Harris Andrews (Aspley/BL), Jesse White (Southport/COLL).
Sidelined: Daniel Merrett, Lachie Keeffe, Josh Thomas, Ricky Petterd
NEW SOUTH WALES/ACT
BACKS: Taylor Duryea (Corowa/HAW), Sam Rowe (Nth Albury/CARL), Dane Rampe (Eastern Suburbs/SYD)
HALF BACKS: Craig Bird (Nelson Bay/SYD), Phil Davis (Canberra/GWS), Aaron vandenberg (Tathra/MELB)
MIDFIELDERS: Issac Smith (Wagga/HAW), Anthony Miles (Nth Albury/RICH), Jarrad McVeigh (Pennant Hills/SYD)
HALF FORWARDS: Matt Suckling (Wagga/HAW), Taylor Walker (Broken Hill/ADEL), Ben McGlynn (Wentworth/SYD)
FORWARDS: Josh Bruce (Eastlake/STK), Tom Hawkins (Finley/GEE), Luke Breust (Temora/HAW)
FOLLOWERS: Jarrod Witts (Sydney Uni/COLL), Will Langford (East Sydney/HAW), Kieren Jack (Pennant Hills/SYD)
INTER: Daniel Cross (Albury/MELB), Adam Schnieder (Osborne/STK), Zac Williams (Narrandera/GWS), Nathan Gordon (East Coast/RICH)
Sidelined: Isaac Heeney, Sam Gilbert.
BACKS: Ryan Harwood (BL), Alex Pearce (FRE), Colin Garland (MELB)
HALFBACKS: Grant Birchall (HAW), Henry Schade (GC), Kade Kolodjashnij (GC).
MIDFIELDERS: Luke Russell (GC), Jesse Lonergan (GC), Jackson Thurlow(GEEL).
HALF FORWARDS: Josh Green (BL), Ben Brown (NM), Jeremy Howe (MELB).
FORWARDS: Mitch Robinson (BL), Jack Riewoldt (RICH), Eli Templeton (STK).
FOLLOWERS: Tom Bellchambers (ESS), Mav Weller (STK), Lachie Weller (FREM).
INTERCHANGE: Jimmy Webster (STK), Aaron Hall (GC), Liam Jones (CARL), Andrew Phillips (GWS)
Sidelined: Tim Mohr, Nathan Grima.
BACKS: Shannon Hurn (WB), Brian Lake (HAW), Joel Patfull (GWS).
HALF BACKS: Shaun Burgoyne (HAW), Heath Grundy (SYD), Corey Enright (GEEL).
MIDFIELDERS: Brad Ebert (PA), Hamish Hartlett (PA), Ryan Griffen (GWS).
HALF FORWARDS: Chad Wingard (PA), Justin Westhoff (PA), Danyle Pearce (FREM)
FORWARDS: Jay Schulz (PA), Matthew Pavlich (FREM), Lindsay Thomas (NM).
FOLLOWERS: Sam Jacobs (ADEL), Bryce Gibbs (CARL), Lachie Neale (FREM).
INTERCHANGE: Adam Cooney (ESS), Bernie Vince (MELB), Matthew Broadbent (PA), Paul Puopolo (HAW).
Sidelined: Brodie Smith, Jared Polec.
BACKS: Jason Johannesen (WB) Luke McPharlin (FREM), Cale Hooker (ESS).
HALF BACKS: Michael Johnson (FREM), Harry Taylor (GEEL), Heretier Lumbumba (MELB).
MIDFIELDERS: Stephen Hill (FREM), Matt Priddis (WC), Brad Hill (HAW).
HALF FORWARDS: Hayden Ballantyne (FREM), Lance Franklin (SYD), Mark LeCras (WC).
FORWARDS: Nic Naitanui (WC), Josh Kennedy (WC), Eddie Betts (ADEL)
FOLLOWERS: Aaron Sandilands (FREM), Nathan Fyfe (FREM), Chris Masten (WC)
INTERCHANGE: Jeremy McGovern (WC), Lewis Jetta (SYD), Daniel Rich (BL), Elliot Yeo (WC).
Sidelined: David Swallow, Andrew Swallow, Eric McKenzie, Daniel Wells, Mitch Duncan.
BACKS: Bachar Houli (RICH), Tom McDonald (MELB), Josh Gibson (HAW).
HALF BACKS: Luke Hodge (HAW), Daniel Talia (ADEL), Brendon Goddard (STK).
MIDFIELDERS: David Mundy (FREM), Josh Kennedy (SYD), Daniel Hannebery (SYD).
HALF FORWARDS: Patrick Dangerfield (ADEL), Travis Cloke (COLL), Robbie Gray (PA).
FORWARDS: Jarryd Roughead(HAW), Jeremy Cameron (GWS), Luke Parker (SYD).
FOLLOWERS: Shane Mumford (GWS), Scott Pendlebury (COLL), Joel Selwood (GEEL)
INTERCHANGE: Jordan Lewis (HAW), Todd Goldstein (NM), Dyson Heppell (ESS), Dylan Shiel (GWS).
Sidelined: Gary Ablett, Jimmy Bartel, Nick Malceski
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