‘Finding the people to win’: Brad Fittler reveals his biggest regret over crushing Origin defeat

Blues coach Brad Fittler has revealed his biggest regret in his side’s Origin series deciding loss at Suncorp Stadium and forecast personnel changes for 2021.

While careful not to put too much blame at the foot of the players he picked, Fittler lamented to The Daily Telegraph his side’s inability to execute their plan B in the pressure cooker of a decider they lost 20-14.

“To be in that situation again, you’d like to have the players definitely know what to do,’’ Fittler told The Daily Telegraph.

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“We spoke about things to do and we couldn’t achieve it on the field under pressure. The Plan B stuff we practised, but maybe we didn’t practice it enough.

“I’m talking about ways to get around them being up in your face and things that you can nearly guarantee are going to happen.”

Fittler’s dream run of two series victories from two attempts is now over with the old master Wayne Bennett outdoing him this season and now the NSW golden boy finds himself under pressure heading into 2021.


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Fittler has come under fire for a number of decisions, including playing two non-specialist centres in Clint Gutherson and Jack Wighton, leaving noted hard men and winners in David Klemmer and Wade Graham out of his squad and getting the mix of his bench wrong.

Carrying four forward on the pine instead of a utility like Ryan Papenhuyzen came back to bite the Blues when skipper James Tedesco was knocked out in the opening stages of the decider.

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Reading between the lines Fittler won’t be afraid to shake-up the team for Game I next year as he did in Perth last season when he drafted in big game players Graham, James Maloney and Tom Trbojevic.

“You’re constantly weighing up why we got ourselves in that position,” Fittler said.

Brad Fittler consoles Blues skipper James Tedesco after Origin III.Source:Getty Images

“Was it because we couldn’t get to our plan, is it because of certain players, is it because of what they were doing, is it because of the referee, you just try and come up with a reason that you can now go do something about.

“At the end of the day it’s about applying pressure, finding a way to win and finding the people to win.

“Our next job is going to be to pick a team for 2021.”

Originally published as‘Finding the people to win’: Freddy reveals his biggest regret over crushing Origin defeat

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