“I think the biggest headache for NSW is I don’t think Wighton gets involved enough in the centres, and I don’t think Gutherson’s comfortable where he is – it’s something that Brad [Fittler] will look at,” Lockyer said on Channel Nine.
Sterling added: “They’re both players playing out of position to where they do in club football, so there’s going to be some serious conversations inside the NSW camp as to what they put on the paddock next week.”
Gutherson said that apart from the Capewell blunder, he was happy with his maiden Origin outing. He quickly clicked with winger Josh Addo-Carr, providing the last pass for the winger’s two tries.
“It was a missed tackle that I had to make, I had it under control and I slipped into it and he [Capewell] made me pay for it,” Gutherson said. “Hopefully I’m there again next week to bounce back. I’ll work on that. I felt pretty comfortable other than that.
“I blew out early because of all the excitement and nerves that were there. But I felt good all game. It was just that one tackle that is going to hurt me. I’ve just got to make amends and work on it.
“I’m just focused on getting the body right, and wherever Freddy wants to play me or what he wants to do for the next game, I’ll do as much as I can to make sure we’re ready to go next Wednesday.”
Gutherson went close to an Origin debut last year and produced an excellent season this year for the Eels, but as a fullback.
Wighton made plenty of runs but finished with a game-high seven missed tackles as the Maroons focussed their attack down his side of the field later in the game.
While Gutherson is a first-choice fullback at Parramatta and Wighton Canberra’s five-eighth, they were seen as more deserving and attractive centre options than rookies Zac Lomax and Stephen Crichton. Wighton also got the job done as NSW won games two and three last year.
The centre spots were initially Fittler’s biggest selection headache because of injuries to Latrell Mitchell, Tom Trbojevic and Kotoni Staggs.
Fittler said, apart from a few one-on-one misses, Gutherson and Wighton would improve and “the majority of the game they were good”.
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Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.