2020 State of Origin Outright Tips

Dave Kuzio:

The 2020 State of Origin gets underway at the start of June with game one of a three match series. Take a look at the betting odds for this year's series.

State of Origin Tips: Queensland v New South Wales

State of Origin is one of the most entertaining and brutal series’ of matches in world sport. These guys are team-mates one week, then mortal enemies the next. If you don’t quite understand what I mean, check out the video below. You soon will.

It’s safe to say that rugby league fans around the world get just excited about State of Origin than they do following their own team. There is something about two teams going hell to leather against each for the honour of the state they were born in.

Why Does It Mean So Much?

Before 1980, State of Origin wasn’t seen as the big deal it is today. From 1908 the interstate series between Queensland and New South Wales saw players selected for the state they played their rugby league in, rather than where they were born.

With all the top players wanting to play their club rugby in Sydney, New South Wales had the pick of the best when it came to the interstate games. By 1956, New South Wales had won 75% of the games with Queensland taking only 25%.

During the 1970s, the interest in the interstate series had dwindled a lot. No one in both New South Wales and Queensland were interested because of the one-sided nature of the games.

The idea of playing a three-match series with Queensland allowed to select players playing in Sydney was agreed on with the first two games acting as a trial for selection to the Australia national team.

The 1980 interstate series saw the first two games being played under the normal rules, while a third game named ‘State of Origin’ was to take place in Queensland and was played under the new selection rules. The Sydney media didn’t believe it would work, but over 33 thousand fans turned up to Lang Park in Brisbane to see Arthur Beetson – who had played for NSW on 18 occasions – make his Queensland debut at the age of 35.

You could see the pride leaping out of his chest as he finally got to represent the state he was born in and the Maroons ended up winning the game 20-10 and that was how State of Origin was born.

Every Queenslander wanted to play for their state now and they took immense pride in doing so. A lot of players in the past had admitted they would rather play State of Origin than actually play for Australia.

The three-game State of Origin series is still going strong in 2020 and we are once again in for a treat when the Blues and Maroons literally lock horns. Money and trophies mean nothing in this game, State of Origin is all about pride – it’s as simple as that.

2020 State of Origin Series

It helps the State of Origin series when the two coaches in charge of New South Wales and Queensland have experienced it as a player and two of the biggest names in Origin football are at the helm of their respective states.

New South Wales are coached by former captain Brad Fittler, who represented the Blues 31 times, and he has worked miracles with the players at his disposal. When ‘Freddy’ Fittler took over as head coach in 2018, the Blues had only won one of the last 12 series’. Queensland were so dominant, it wasn’t funny. They won eight in a row from 2006 to 2013. Their run came to an end in 2014, but it didn’t last long as they won the next three Origin series’.

New South Wales (Photo by Brett Crockford/AAP/PA Images)

Things were looking bleak for the Blues, but Fittler brought some pride and fun to the role. His first series as coach of his beloved Blues saw his side win the series 2-1. To ensure this wasn’t a fluke, he masterminded back-to-back series wins with another two success. He will be looking to guide NSW to three successive victories for the first time since 2003-05.

Kevin Walters is in charge of the Maroons having replaced Mal Meninga for the start of the 2016 State of Origin series. He carried on where Big Mal had left on as he won two series in succession. But it looks like he has met his match in Fittler and the battle between the two is just as good as the action on the field.

State of Origin Tips: Queensland v New South Wales

It would be so easy to plump for New South Wales to win a third successive Origin series because they have been so good for the past two years. But this is Origin football, Queenslanders refuse to be down for long and we are backing the Maroons to win their first title in three years and start another period of Queensland dominance.

The Blues are loaded with top-quality players. The likes of James Tedesco, Latrell Mitchell. Josh Addo-Carr, Jack Wighton, Damian Cook and Boyd Cordner are capable of winning games on their own. If these players are on top form then they will have a great chance of winning the series again.

Kayln Ponga (Photo by DAVE HUNT/AAP/PA Images)

There’s just something about the Maroons in 2020 that makes us believe they are back and ready to take their spot as the best Origin side. We cannot wait to see if Kayln Ponga can stay fit before the series starts. Ponga has only played Origin three times, but he has a massive future in the Maroons shirt. He could be the key to what Queenland achieve, plus don’t forget they have Daly Cherry-Evans, Ethan Lowe, David Fifita, Michael Morgan and Corey Norman to choose from.

We are backing Queensland to win the series to earn their 22nd State of Origin Series triumph.

Game 1

Queensland vs New South Wales – Wednesday, June 3 2020 @ Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Game 2

New South Wales vs Queensland – Sunday, June 21 2020 @ ANZ Stadium, Sydney

Game 3

Queensland vs New South Wales – Wednesday, July 8 2020 @ Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast

What The Coaches Said:

Brad Fittler: “The first game in Adelaide is really important when you look at how closely contested the series has been – our two series wins have come off victories at home at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium and away at the alternate venues in Melbourne (2018) and Perth (2019).

“Having the support of the Blatchys Blues in Adelaide is really important too and we hope our fans make the journey to create a sea of blue like they did in Perth last year where the Blatchys Blues effect was a significant factor in our success.”

Kevin Walters: “It will be so important to get off to a good start to the series so Game One will be vital for us to set us up for what I’m sure will be another incredibly competitive series.

“I’ve had a look at Adelaide Oval previously and I can’t wait to see Origin showcased in such a magnificent arena. It is always great to be able to grow the game in areas which have not yet witnessed the Origin spectacle so this will be another important step forward for the game.”

State of Origin Tips: Queensland v New South Wales