analysis: The legacy of the past and the possibility of the future are at stake for Nathan Cleary in Origin III

Nathan Cleary is hugged by his teammates

ABC Sport

There isn’t much point about debating whether halfbacks get too much credit when a team succeeds and too much blame when they fail because it’s just a fact of life in rugby league, and it’s one that will never change.

That’s just the cost of doing business when you’re wearing the number seven jersey. Apart from a few rare exceptions, you are the leading man, the star of the show, the hero in victory and the villain in defeat. No matter what happens, they don’t ever stop talking about you.

It’s a roller-coaster ride that cannot be easy to bear, even if you’ve been a halfback all your life…

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