We have State of Origin Game 2 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 Game 2 to be played in Perth for the first time.
Game 2 kicks off on June 23 at Optus Stadium where the Blues will be hoping to even the series at 1-1 after Queensland scored a rambunctious Game 1 win at Suncorp.
The teams have been announced and Brad Fittler has made seven changes to the NSW team, whilst Queensland remains relatively unchanged.
Optus Stadium, Perth. Sunday June 23, 2019
Queensland Maroons Confirmed Team
- Kayln Ponga
- Corey Oates
- Will Chambers
- Michael Morgan
- Dane Gagai
- Cameron Munster
- Daly Cherry-Evans (C)
- Dylan Napa
- Ben Hunt
- Josh Papalii
- Felise Kaufusi
- Matt Gillett
- Josh McGuire
- Moses Mbye
- Jarrod Wallace
- Tim Glasby
- David Fafita
Queensland’s team is relatively unchanged. Jai Arrow is out but coming into the starting lineup is Dylan Napa.
Jarrod Wallace also comes back into the team and overall, it looks a strong outfit which will be tough to get past on Sunday.
New South Wales Blues Confirmed Team
- James Tedesco
- Blake Ferguson
- Tom Trbojevic
- Jack Wighton
- Josh Addo-Carr
- James Maloney
- Nathan Cleary
- Daniel Saifiti
- Damien Cook
- Paul Vaughan
- Boyd Cordner (C)
- Tyson Frizell
- Jake Trbojevic
- Dale Finucane
- Tariq Sims
- Cameron Murray
- Wade Graham
Coach Brad Fittler has shown no faith in his Game 1 selections and has made severe changes to his team.
After a dismal performance in Game 1, Latrell Mitchell has been dropped and Blake Ferguson has been recalled.
Panthers halves pairing James Maloney and Nathan Cleary reunite but it’s a risky move from Fittler and it wreaks of desperation.
2019 State of Origin Game 2 Prediction
For 40 minutes of Game 1, everything was going to plan for the New South Wales Blues, but how a second half can change the course of history.
Up 8-0, the Blues would have felt comfortable but not certain about victory. They largely outplayed the Queenslanders, but couldn’t produce more points. Then, they were dominated in the second half and now it’s panic stations.
Coach Brad Fittler has made severe changes to his side and we can’t think why. All they needed to do was finish off their chances better from Game 1, and now they’re going to need to regather and try a completely new game plan.
It’s a tactic from a coach with little experience coaching at this level and it’s showing. Even the sterner Blues’ fans are questioning Fittler’s tactics.
On the other side, Queensland has shown faith with their camp, as they always do. The loyalty the Maroons show their players is what makes them such a great State of Origin team.
The only changes made were due to suspension or injury. That’s a good sign going forward in this series and with the likes of Cameron Munster and Kalyn Ponga are growing with confidence.
Playing Game 2 in Perth is a blessing for the Maroons. They don’t have to face a sea of blue until Game 3, and the series could be over by then.
Bookmakers have both teams at $1.90 a piece, but we see a clear advantage with the Maroons. They with gel much better than the Blues, which have been mismatched horribly by Fittler.
The Blues’ forwards will do their thing, but it’s the backline which really suffers and Queensland will exploit that in the second half once again.
Tip: Maroons to win Game 2 – $1.90 at Sportsbet – Bet Now
State of Origin Game 2 First Try scorer tips
Cameron Munster was the biggest threat for the Maroons in Game 1 and the beneficiary of that is Corey Oates.
Oates will be playing on the wing and he could cash in from some stellar set-up play from Munster. Oates crossed the line for a try in Game 1, which also included a disallowed try, and we can see him scoring first in Perth.
He’s the current favourite at $8.50 (BET NOW) and that is a price worth taking.
Another Maroons player who could score first is Dane Gagai. He was the best player on the park at Suncorp Stadium and he has an incredible State of Origin try-scoring record.
He lives for Origin football and Gagai, who is quickly becoming the new Greg Inglis, looks a great value chance at $8.50 (BET NOW).
For the Blues, look for James Maloney to make a break up the middle and link with the likes of Blake Ferguson or Josh Addo-Carr. Both possess good speed and strength, which could be enough to get them over the line first.