Blues coach Brad Fittler axed tireless forwards Jack Trbojevic and Angus Crichton for next Wednesday night’s State of Origin opener, but it was his recall of Daniel Tupou at the expense of Addo-Carr that caused the greatest shock.
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“It did surprise me. Freddy wanted to be loyal. Teams that are in form – it means the individuals in that team have some good habits going into that game, if they’re out of form then that means a lot of the individuals in that team have got some bad habits. Maybe that’s where Freddy’s looking,” Lockyer said.
“They talk about the height difference, but what about To’o on Coates? So I don’t think it’s so much about that.”
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Lockyer thinks Addo-Carr’s work without the ball may have factored in his omission.
“It’s probably just having more confidence in Tupou with some of the things around defence,” Lockyer said.
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But Addo-Carr rarely makes defensive misreads and there’s no doubting the attacking prowess of the 26-year-old, who in 2022 has tallied six tries from 11 games for a side that struggles to score points in the Bulldogs.
Addo-Carr had many more opportunities to cross for tries in his five years with Melbourne, for whom he bagged 23 four-pointers in 2021.
“Go-forward is a big part of any team’s game plan coming out of the back end, but Josh Addo-Carr’s got a good hit-up in him,” Lockyer said.
“Anyway, we’re not NSW, we’re not Brad Fittler.
“He’s obviously seen something that’s a bit of a risk to him.”
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