We have State of Origin Game 1 expert betting predictions for the greatest rugby league series in the world.
It’s the Queensland Maroons vs. New South Wales Blues. It’s mate vs. mate, state vs. state and we can’t wait for it to happen.
Game 1 kicks off on June 5 at Suncorp Stadium where the Maroons will be looking to get back to their winning ways after losing in 2018.
The teams have been announced and considering the talent on show, State of Origin promises to live up to the hype.
Wednesday June 5, 2019 – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.
Queensland Maroons Confirmed Team
- Kayln Ponga
- Corey Oates
- Will Chambers
- Michael Morgan
- Dane Gagai
- Cameron Munster
- Daly Cherry-Evans (C)
- Jai Arrow
- Ben Hunt
- Josh Papalii
- Felise Kaufusi
- Matt Gillett
- Josh McGuire
- Moses Mbye
- Joe Ofahengaue
- Dylan Napa
- David Fafita
The Queensland Maroons team has a few surprises. None more so than naming Daly Cherry-Evans as the captain.
Over the years, Cherry-Evans has come under intensity scrutiny about his leadership and general play qualities, but he has Cameron Munster to his inside and that will help.
Losing the likes of Billy Slater, Greg Inglis and Valentine Holmes has left some holes but Kalyn Ponga looks a natural league player.
Overall, we’ve seen better Maroons’ sides and the forwards are going to need to give the talented backline plenty of go-forward ball.
New South Wales Blues Confirmed Team
- James Tedesco
- Josh Addo-Carr
- Latrell Mitchell
- Josh Morris
- Nick Cotric
- Cody Walker
- Nathan Cleary
- David Klemmer
- Damien Cook
- Paul Vaughan
- Boyd Cordner (C)
- Tyson Frizell
- Jake Trbojevic
- Jack Wighton
- Payne Haas
- Cameron Murray
- Angus Crichton
The Blues have named a strong team except they have had some injury problems in the halves. Nathan Cleary finds his way into the way with the likes of Adam Reynolds and Mitchell Peare suffering injuries.
That’s the weak point in the squad, but apart from that, it’s a stacked team top to bottom.
2019 State of Origin Game 1 Prediction
The Queensland Maroons are awfully tough to beat at Suncorp Stadium and that could offset their inferior team.
This isn’t quite the exciting Maroons team we’re used to see named, but the incumbents are all good enough to win at Origin level. For example, Kalyn Ponga is no Billy Slater, but he’s the next Kayln Ponga.
Players like Ponga are excitement machines and that’s what Queensland has thrived off for many years. Their ability to quickly turn a game on its head by one brilliant play.
In 2018, Queensland’s forwards were monstered and that gave their backline little chance to show off. This year, the likes of Jai Arrow and Josh Papalii need to give them good go-forward ball.
Ben Hunt has a chance to redeem himself after a couple of below-par performances at Origin level.
For the Blues, it should be a steady diet of bullocking runs and slick moves from the back line. The Blues forward pack is their strength and that’s saying something, because their back line is impressive.
Payne Haas comes into the team after a couple of big weeks, but his lack of experience could hinder this team. That being said, he’s an impact player off the bench.
The back five for the Blues are all speed machines and if they get in open spaces, expect the likes of Mitchell, Tedesco and Addo-Carr to finish off for the try.
The only negative for the Blues is the inclusion of Nathan Cleary. He has been playing awful league for the Panthers this season and we weren’t overly impressed with him last season.
He seemingly lacks confidence, so it will be interesting to see what happens with the young half.
As a Queensland supporter, this is tough to do, but we’re predicting a Blues win on June 5.
They’re coming off a good series win last year and this Queensland side just doesn’t seem to have the same feel about it.
Bookmakers are feeling the same and have installed the Blues as the $1.75 favourites, despite playing at Suncorp.
Betting tip: Blues to win Game 1 – $1.75 at Sportsbet – Bet Now
State of Origin Game 1 First Try Scorer Tips
We’re liking a couple of New South Wales Blues’ players to score the first try in Game 1.
Debutants have a good record scoring in their first game and the young Raiders star looks a big threat in this game. He should get quality ball from the outside backs and he could cap off a good early move.
Another player on our radar is Latrell Mitchell. The Rooster is paying $13 (BET NOW) to score first and given his confidence, we wouldn’t put it past him.
If there’s going to be an upset player, we have to go with Will Chambers at $20 (BET NOW). That’s a nice price for a strong outside back and he has shown his ability to score tries at Origin level in the past.