We have expert betting tips for State of Origin Game 2 between New South Wales and Queensland.
All the talk ahead of Game 1 last Wednesday was about how strong the New South Wales’ team was on paper. However, when the Maroons are counted out, that’s when they perform best.
Queensland was fantastic in the second half and it was enough to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
We preview Game 2 in Sydney on Wednesday, which could either square up the series, or give Queensland one of its more famous wins in recent history.
State of Origin Game 2 Tips
Queensland Maroons vs. New South Wales Blues Game 2 Betting Predictions
It was strange seeing State of Origin being played in November, and that might have put off the Blues.
They started the game strongly with a 10-point halftime lead, but based on their domination late in the half, they should have been around 16-0.
Queensland was able to keep within touching distance before coach Wayne Bennett gave his patented halftime speech. He wanted his players to earn the right to go around the Blues, and they didn’t let their coach down.
The Maroons were terrific up the middle, with Kurt Capewell and Dane Gagai doing their thing. That allowed the likes of Xavier Coates and AJ Brimsom to cross for tries.
Queensland’s team will look a little differently in Game 2, with Valentine Holmes returning to the squad. Brenko Lee is also expected to start, which sees AJ Brimson and Phillip Sami excluded from the starting side.
It won’t be easy for the Maroons to win the series in Sydney on Wednesday. They played amazingly in Game 1 and they only won by four points.
New South Wales, who will need to do some soul searching, are a team that can bounce back. They were caught off guard and they might have taken Game 1 for granted.
No changes have been made to the team, but we might see Cody Walker involved in the game earlier from off the bench. He played well in limited minutes, despite his team giving up a 10-point lead in the second half.
If the Blues are going to square up the series at 1-1, they won’t be able to rely on their individual brilliance. They will need to play as a unit, which they are able to do.
We were impressed with the performance of Damien Cook, who was able to get out of dummy-half with ease. He outperformed Jake Friend considerably in this position, but he didn’t have anyone coming off his shoulder.
With that being said, Origin is always a tight battle and the Maroons are getting 8.5 points. They aren’t getting much respect with bookmakers again, despite winning the opening game.
Tip: Queensland Maroons +8.5 ($1.90) @ Sportsbet.com.au – Bet @ Sportsbet
State of Origin Game 2 teams and first try scorer predictions
Below are the confirmed teams for State of Origin Game 2, as well as their prices to score the first try of the game in Sydney.
- Valentine Holmes ($17)
- Xavier Coates ($12)
- Brenko Lee ($23)
- Dane Gagai ($12)
- Phillip Sami ($13)
- Cameron Munster ($26)
- Daly Cherry-Evans ($31)
- Christian Welch ($91)
- Jake Friend ($51)
- Josh Papalii ($36)
- Felise Kaufusi ($41)
- Coen Hess ($34)
- Tino Fa’asuamaleaui ($34)
New South Wales Blues:
- James Tedesco ($10)
- Daniel Tupou ($8)
- Clint Gutherson ($15)
- Jack Wighton ($25)
- Josh Addo-Carr ($7.50)
- Luke Keary ($23)
- Nathan Cleary ($19)
- Daniel Saifiti ($56)
- Damien Cook ($23)
- Junior Polo ($56)
- Boyd Cordner ($26)
- Tyson Frizell ($26)
- Jake Trbojevic ($41)
It was inspirational hooker Damien Cook who scored the first try in Game 1 and he is a live chance of scoring first again.
Cook was one of the best players for New South Wales, and he made his own luck to score first. The $23 is a value price, but there is better value with Josh Addo-Carr.
The Blues’ speedster is the favourite to score first at $7.50 and we think the Blues will look to send the ball his way. His pace is superior to everyone on the park and he loves to get his hands on the ball early.
For Queensland, we like the look of Dane Gagai. He has scored 11 tries in 14 State of Origin games, and he set up Xavier Coates to score in Game 1.
He is a powerful runner that lifts his game for Origin, and given his odds of $12, there is plenty of value with that option.
For a roughie pick, take Coen Hess for Queensland. He isn’t in the best form of his life, but he ran the ball with authority last Wednesday.
If Hess can get the ball on the outside of the defender, he could cross first at odds of $34.