2022 State of Origin Game 2 Expert Tips & Predictions

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We have expert betting tips for State of Origin Game 2 between the Queensland Maroons and New South Wales Blues.

First blood went to the Queenslanders, who produced the goods on enemy territory. They now head to Perth where they could wrap up the series, but the Blues are favoured to win.

Another barnstorming finish is expected for the rare Sunday edition of State of Origin on June 26th, 2022.

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State of Origin Game 2 Tips

Queensland Maroons vs. New South Wales Blues Game 2 Betting Predictions

We were confident with the Queensland Maroons in Game 1 and the $2.35 available was an excellent price for punters.

The Queenslanders have picked up a couple of injuries, so there are changes to the team. However, it’s still a strong unit and playing in Perth should only favour them. It’s a home away from home for Queenland, which is why we’re surprised to see the betting market.

New South Wales is favoured at $1.80, but we expect the bulk of the money to come for Queensland. The line could move to $1.90 a piece on Sunday, but the Blues still have every chance of bouncing back and evening the series.

We expect more from Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai, who didn’t do enough in Sydney. They are key players for the Blues, so if they’re not up to their best, the Maroons’ halves pairing of Cameron Munster and Daly Cherry-Evans could have their way.

There is more upside with the Maroons roster, which could be playing for years. Players such as Selwyn Cobbo, Murray Taulagi, Jeremiah Nanai and Kayln Ponga could be there for years, so excitement levels are high.

Playing in Queensland would have been better for the Maroons, but we fancy their chances of winning State of Origin on Sunday. They were largely dominant in Game 1 and only a late comeback from the Blues kept the score to within a converted try.

The $2 for the Maroons won’t last long and it’s worth jumping on.

Bet: Queensland Maroons @ $2 Bet @ Neds

State of Origin Game 2 teams and first try scorer predictions

Below are the confirmed teams for State of Origin Game 2.

Queensland Maroons:

  1. Kayln Ponga
  2. Selwyn Cobbo
  3. Valentine Holmes
  4. Dane Gagai
  5. Murray Taulagi
  6. Cameron Munster
  7. Daly Cherry-Evans
  8. Tino Fa’asuameleaui
  9. Ben Hunt
  10. Josh Papalii
  11. Kurt Capewell
  12. Felise Kaufusi
  13. Jai Arrow
  14. Harry Grant
  15. Lindsay Collins
  16. Patrick Carrigan
  17. Jeremiah Nanai

New South Wales Blues:

  1. James Tedesco
  2. Brian To’o
  3. Siosifa Talakai
  4. Matt Burton
  5. Daniel Tupou
  6. Jarome Luai
  7. Nathan Cleary
  8. Payne Haas
  9. Damien Cook
  10. Junior Paulo
  11. Cameron Murray
  12. Tariq Sims
  13. Isaah Yeo
  14. Stephen Crichton
  15. Liam Martin
  16. Regan-Campbell Gillard
  17. Jake Trbojevic

Murray Taulagi, who was born in Auckland, New Zealand, was a shock inclusion for the Queensland Maroons and he could open the scoring.

The North Queensland Cowboy doesn’t have much experience, but when you’re playing outside the likes of Munster and Cherry-Evans, finishing the try is all that’s needed.

Taulagi has been backed into $11 to score the first try of State of Origin 2 and we’re backing him to get it done. If he doesn’t score first, punters get $2.30 to score at any time.

We expect Stephen Crichton to get a start for the Blues and he’s another top scoring option. He didn’t get fully utilised in the first game but expect the Penrith Panther star to be in full flight on Sunday.

Crichton pays $14 to score first and $2.90 to score at any time, which is another value State of Origin try scoring option.

Bet: Murray Taulagi @ $11 Bet @ Neds

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After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.