As Queensland looks to be wheeling New South Wales to a humble loss, it appears commentators are once again not flinching at the ethnic last names of the rising stars.
NSW started as strong favourites to kick off State of Origin’s new era with a win.
Queensland are missing Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater in their team for the first time since 2003.
The Blues have also brought in a new era under rookie coach Brad Fittler with a record 11 State of Origin debutants named to face Queensland in the series opener at the MCG.
A cool night where the mercury is expected to drop as low as 11C is predicted for Melbourne.
NSW led 8-6 at half time after a Valentine Holmes intercept try cut the Blues’ lead back to two points.
However, even with all the pressure of a changing of era, the iconic commentator Ray ‘Rabs’ Warren appears calm in the face of 11 NSW debutants.
Without an hesitation, names like Tedesco and De Belin have just rolled off the tongue for Warren. It’s not surprising given the fact that man has shown form throughout the last decade with the rise of Polynesian talent in the NRL.
At time of press, Rabs was seen perfectly pronouncing the phonetically Eastern European nightmare that is Trbojevic.