The tactical brilliance that defined NSW’s victory in Origin II centered around an incredibly precise shoe and the fastest feet in the game

“He just gave me the eyes and I jumped on board and continued on,” Blues winger Josh Addo-Carr said of his half-back Nathan Cleary

The Blues’ tactics seemed too simple to be true One of the best kickers in the game who throws the ball onto the field early in the tackle count for one of the fastest chasing players in the game

Of all the fantastic moments in Wednesday night’s 34-10 triumph, three Cleary kicks will long stay on the highlights reel – and will no doubt be heavily scrutinized by Wayne Bennett and his Maroons ahead of Game III

Cleary threw the fourth tackle in the 21st minute as Addo-Carr rushed to the right wing and crushed Phillip Sami in his own goal to force a retirement

Nine minutes later and standing five yards in his own half, Cleary threw the second tackle as Addo-Carr let his chase tear apart and left Sami with no choice but to force the ball to death.

On a third opportunity, in the 45th minute, Cleary threw the third tackle as Sami picked up the ball in the corner, looked up and was surrounded above the sideline by three Blues

Cleary told the Herald it made sense to use his winger’s sonic speed, and rather than shouting a secret word, he just glanced at him

“I just have to try to put it in the right place and give it a chance

“He has massive games for the team We talked about, but it was about trusting yourself to do it [Wednesday night] and a few of them came out, so that’s something something we can keep working on

“I’ve always watched him at the Storm and he’s standing right on the wing Even when you play against him it’s still scary when he’s standing right there

The Blues’ Josh Addo-Carr scores a try in the second game of the State of Origin 2020 series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland MaroonsCredit: Getty Images

“It was about trying to figure out what he likes about this combination. We haven’t talked about kicking so soon, but Foxy was there and he saw some space ‘ ‘

Addo-Carr downplayed the tactics that are sure to be produced at some point at Suncorp Stadium Even with a jarring left big toe, Addo-Carr stopped the clock at a blistering 37 km / h during the race for Cleary’s second kick

“We had the right to do it, in the first game we didn’t – we put ourselves in a good position to do it,” Addo-Carr said

“Everyone knows Nath has a good kicking game All I have to do is run fast and get to the ball as fast as possible

Even Brad Fittler, who watches a lot of football and is never afraid to try new things, was surprised kicking Addo-Carr early hadn’t already become a ‘thing’ ‘

A few Blues spoke to each other on Thursday about how Cameron Smith pitched early for Addo-Carr with great success against Manly on the Sunshine Coast earlier this year Rear rookie Tevita Funa was left in a fetal position

“I think that was Nathan’s idea. They all watch their jogging and watch Cam Smith and what he’s doing,” Fittler said

“We were able to do it on the pitch which helps You can’t do it if you get hit and take the ball out of your own line A lot of people had to work hard to make this happen. produce

“The defenses are so good, and the benefit of being able to defend their end is so much easier than attacking from your own side” “

Cleary entered the game under the control of Mitchell Pearce He showed great courage for him repeatedly kicking at the start of the tackle count and kicking early, Cleary also caught the Queenslanders off guard after beating him on the final tackle whenever possible in Adelaide

The immortal Andrew Johns, who criticized his inclusion for Game 2, couldn’t be more impressed with Cleary’s kicking game in Wednesday’s clash, saying it was the best that ‘he saw a Blue in Origin

Greg Alexander, the great Penrith and Blues assistant, said Cleary has produced many high-quality kicking sets this year, but his performance on the big stage – in the spotlight – was as good as possible

Another tactic that wasn’t planned was the four-on-three overlap that NSW had whenever it fed the melee in an attacking position. Cody Walker scored on a Just like Daniel Tupou

“We had [a try] in the first half and thought we would continue with that,” Cleary said

“Obviously, with Cody [Walker] and ‘Teddy’ [James Tedesco] out there they’re absolute monsters, so why not give them a try?”

Cleary knows not to be too comfortable after a man of the match performance Little NSW No The 7 are getting comfortable

As Cleary said: “It’s rugby league It’s a roller coaster You hang in there sometimes and then you can climb the peaks like [Wednesday night] A week is a long time in the league rugby We need to improve We know Queensland will be better It’s been a crazy year ”

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