Bro you just described the whole modern game, Origin is an upgrade on what we see every week.
Really this is just a personal choice for yourself and how you relate to it emotionally.
You can't tell me the quality of the Anzac test was anywhere near it.
Absolutely spot on.
The international game is growing which is great, but right now Origin is still almost guaranteed the best league games of the calendar year as far as I am concerned.
Last night was amazing, Queensland was tired as all fuck, the players were shattered as shit, and still defended fucking exceptionally with NSW moving the ball around and knocking on the door with far too much energy than my feeble heart could handle.
yea Origin isn't what it was, because league isn't what it was.
Players used to hit hard and legal, because if you did something illegal or grubby someone would hit you in the face, you do a late hit on a playmaker, someone like Gallen hit you in the face, you had to hurt players without pushing the boundaries to upset the enforcers.
It was a cleaner harder game, now players do grubby shit to try and coax a player into fucking up or taking a swing. They milk penalties to get meters because just playing the sport isn't how they play now, as much as I love football I hate that this cancerous tactic has moved to league (Lyon doing his superman impression anyone?).
Origin can only be the best of the NRL because the NRL keeps fucking up the rule changes, and reffing is inconsistent as fuck so players don't know what they will or wont be pulled up for.
I'd love for Origin to be what it was, but it wont be, so Ill just have to love it for what it is, still my favorite sporting games of the year, even if another broncs cowboys final would trounce last nights game it was still exciting as hell to watch, especially the game sitting on a knife edge like that the whole time.