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State of Origin Game 2 Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - New South Wales set to edge Queensland and wrap up 2017 series

  • New South Wales face Queensland in State of Origin Game II on Wednesday June 21
  • Blues aiming to win just their second Origin series since 2005
NSW host QLD in State of Origin Game 2 on Wednesday

New South Wales look to clinch the 2017 State of Origin series when they play host to Queensland in what should be another blockbuster clash on Wednesday at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

NSW and QLD kick off around 8.15pm AEST at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday June 21. Live streaming is available via bet365 (geo restrictions apply to Aus/NZ residents).





Prediction



Preview and Tips


For the first time in over two decades, NSW have named an unchanged line-up - and after their blistering performance at Suncorp Stadium last month, it’s no wonder why.

NSW completely outplayed Queensland in their own backyard, dominating through the forwards, which allowed the halves and backs more time to work their magic in a clinical 28-4 victory. It was an extremely impressive showing, and as such, the Blues have stayed the same while the Maroons have made wholesale changes.

Kevin Walters has wielded his axe, dropping Aidan Guerra, Jacob Lillyman, Sam Thaiday, Nate Myles, Corey Oates and Justin O’Neill, while Anthony Milford is sidelined through injury.

However some of the names coming back will surely strike fear into the NSW camp, with superstars Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater returning after missing the opener. Thurston was sensational in his comeback from injury for the Cowboys against the Eels last week, while Slater has been banging the door down all season, and he rightfully recovers his fullback jersey for this showdown.

Four players will make their debut for the Maroons, with Coen Hess, Valentine Holmes, Jarrod Wallace and Tim Glasby all earning a call-up. Hess especially has been in devastating form and appears a decade-long Origin player, while Glasby was a shock selection considering he’d never really been in the frame before.

So while Queensland have been forced into changes - mostly in the forwards - NSW don’t need to do anything differently to what they did in Game 1. The Blues were dominant all over the park, but it was Andrew Fifita who really stepped up to the plate, breaking the line on multiple occasions and causing Queenslanders headaches every time he ran the ball.

James Tedesco was also brilliant at fullback, as were halves James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce, who were able to control the game on the back of the metres made by their forwards. Laurie Daley was delighted by their display in Brisbane, but he knows his side cannot afford any complacency leading up to this game - and with Thurston and Slater returning, that’s unlikely to happen.

Everything seems to point to a Blues victory and NSW claiming their first Origin series since 2014 and only their second since 2005. With Thurston back there’s always a chance of a Queensland ambush, but it appears to be NSW’s time - and I think they’ll wrap up the series with a narrow victory.


Stats


  • NSW have won five of the last eight games at ANZ Stadium
  • However Queensland have won three of the last four ‘live’ games at the venue
  • NSW have scored 16+ points in their last three games vs QLD - something they did just once in the previous 10
  • Queensland have won 12 of the last 19 matches overall
  • Five of the last six games at ANZ Stadium have been decided by six points or less


Team Lists


NSW have named the same team in consecutive games for the first time since 1996, while Queensland have made sweeping changes, with Aidan Guerra, Jacob Lillyman, Sam Thaiday, Nat Myles, Corey Oates and Justin O’Neill all dropped and Anthony Milford missing through injury.

Billy Slater returns at fullback, pushing Darius Boyd out to the wing, while Valentine Holmes makes his debut on the other flank as Dane Gagai moves into the centres. Johnathan Thurston returns at halfback - as does his Cowboy teammate Gavin Cooper in the second row - while Coen Hess, Jarrod Wallace and Tim Glasby will also play their first Origin games.

NSW Blues: 1. James Tedesco, 2. Blake Ferguson, 3. Josh Dugan, 4. Jarryd Hayne, 5. Brett Morris, 6. James Maloney, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Nathan Peats, 10. Andrew Fifita, 11. Josh Jackson, 12. Boyd Cordner (c), 13. Tyson Frizell. Interchange: 14. David Klemmer, 15. Wade Graham, 16. Jake Trbojevic, 17. Jack Bird. Extended bench: 18 Matt Moylan, 19 Jordan McLean, 20 Jack De Belin, 21 Tom Trbojevic

Queensland Maroons (squad): Billy Slater, Valentine Holmes, Will Chambers, Dane Gagai, Darius Boyd, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Dylan Napa, Cameron Smith (C), Josh Papalii, Gavin Cooper, Matt Gillett, Josh McGuire, Michael Morgan, Coen Hess, Jarrod Wallace, Tim Glasby

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State of Origin Game 2 Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - New South Wales set to edge Queensland and wrap up 2017 series

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