Channel 9’s coverage of the Origin decider is set to look a little different, with several changes due to the Queensland governments quarantine restrictions.
Ray ‘Rabs’ Warren will call the game from a studio in Sydney, Phil Gould will be reinstated to the commentary team, while viewers will have the choice to watch the game from a camera trained solely on the NSW halfback Nathan Cleary.
However the decision to lock out Warren from Queensland will pose some challenges, according to his co-commentator Gould.
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“He’s not keen to do it off the tube,” Gould said of Warren on the Six Tackles With Gus podcast.
“When you know Ray as well as we do, these little things can sort of set him off a bit.
“He relies a hell of a lot on the atmosphere at the ground for the tone. The crowd tells him when to get excited.
“So he’s never been keen to call a game off the screen in the studio for fear of the lack of atmosphere and not knowing when to get excited in the call.
“There is a huge advantage in being at the ground… you see more than the people at home are seeing on TV.”
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Phil Gould will commentate from Sydney.Source:Supplied
Meanwhile Matty Johns said he was surprised that Gould was cut from the commentary team for Game II after claims of bias.
“I was really surprised last time when Nine took him off the coverage, I thought they’d throw their support behind him,” Johns said on SEN.
“Now, Gus can be a little bit biased, but if you listen to the Queensland blokes in State of Origin, they openly cheer.”
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Originally published asRevealed: Why ‘Rabs’ won’t be at Suncorp for Origin decider; Gus’ commentary exile over
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