05. July 2022

‘I’ve got my reality check’: Cleary shoulders blame for Blues loss

‘I’ve got my reality examine’: Cleary shoulders blame for Blues loss

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Nathan Cleary will shoulder the blame for NSW’s gorgeous sport one loss whereas utilizing Cameron Munster’s heroics as inspiration to dig his state of a gap to snap a 17-year State of Origin hoodoo.

As NSW coach Brad Fittler leapt to the defence of his No.7, a candid Cleary mentioned he copped a “reality check”, with the Blues needing to win sport two in Perth and a possible collection decider in Brisbane to retain Origin supremacy.

NSW haven’t received a collection decider at Suncorp Stadium since Andrew Johns’ 2005 masterclass.

Cleary, who misplaced solely his third sport at both NRL or Origin degree within the final two seasons, had arguably his worst efficiency in a Blues jersey in a series-opening 16-10 loss to Queensland on Wednesday night time – and he was fast to place his hand up regardless of enjoying behind a struggling ahead pack.

“I didn’t play well enough and that affects the result,” Cleary mentioned. “It is on me to get better, and if I am better the rest of the team is too.

“You have never fully got the game worked out. You think you are going alright and then a game like this happens. Sometimes it is not a bad thing.

Nathan Cleary and the Blues gather under the posts after conceding a try.

Nathan Cleary and the Blues gather under the posts after conceding a try.Credit:Getty

“It is a reality check that I need to get better, but win or lose [I’ll] get in the next day and I will keep striving to get better – and it is no different this time.”

Queensland’s defence swarmed Cleary on last-tackle kicks all night time, and have been helped by dominating the ruck, which was the principle distinction between the groups in keeping with Fittler.

But the coach, who handed Cleary his Origin debut as a 20-year-old in 2018, was fast to guard his halfback as he tries to discover a profitable method for sport two in a fortnight.

“He was good,” Fittler mentioned when requested about Cleary on Thursday. “I don’t think we had very quick play-the-balls. I spoke to him after the game and he wasn’t that happy with his kicking. Apart from that, he was very strong in every other part of his game.

I spoke to him after the game and he wasn’t that happy with his kicking. Apart from that, he was very strong in every other part of his game

Brad Fittler

“It would be good [if we can get him quicker ball], I think everyone would like that. It doesn’t always happen, sometimes you’ve got to work out how to do it without it.

“He wasn’t that far off. Isaah Yeo was about a metre [away], Jack Wighton nearly scored at the death. At the end of the day, we were a pass away from going into extra time. He did what he had to. I was happy with both [Cleary and Jarome Luai], and I thought they contributed highly.


“They were two evenly-matched teams and it ended up 16-10. I suppose the best player on the field was Cameron Munster. I don’t think that much went wrong.”

Munster’s second-half magic tips – through which he danced by means of the Blues defence to arrange a subsequent Daly Cherry-Evans attempt – included twice executing one-on-one steals with the Maroons grimly defending their lead.

“In Origin you have got to take your moments,” Cleary mentioned. “I thought Cam and Daly did really well, so I have got to do what they did.

“Any time the team loses I will take that personally and I definitely didn’t play well. It is a lesson. I can’t change it now, but I can change what I do leading into the next Origin, or the next club game.”

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