New South Wales and Queensland will do battle in State of Origin Game 2 this Sunday at ANZ Stadium.
Game 1 went to the Blues, who scored a gritty 22-12 victory and it now puts them on the precipice of winning only their second series in 13 years.
Such has been the dominance of the Maroons and despite facing a game on the road against a young, fit and exciting Blues squad, you can’t rule out the Queenslanders.
Watching Origin on a Sunday is certainly a unique experience and we’re expecting a unique game where the star players are set to shine.
State of Origin Game 2 head-to-head tip
Bookmakers are firmly in the camp of the Blues and it’s hard to disagree with their summations after the first game of the series. New South Wales were dominant in most statistical categories and although debutante Nathan Cleary didn’t have a great game, halves partner James Maloney did.
That was the difference in the game as Maloney kicked the Blues out of trouble and when the Maroons scored two quick tries to take the lead, the panic didn’t set in and the Blues rebounded with class.
The Maroons are still missing key players and that’s going to hurt their chances but bringing in the likes of Kalyn Ponga is a luxury most teams wished they had. Ponga currently heads Dally M Medal betting after a terrific season for the Knights and this could be his unveiling.
Has Origin come too soon for Ponga? Perhaps, but he looks like a player that’s going to relish the occasion and he’s a much-needed explosive force for the Maroons, which are without natural playmakers in the back line.
There’s no Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston, which has left the Maroons flat-footed and it was up to Greg Inglis to provide the spark in Game 1. Matching up against the likes of Latrell Mitchell, Josh Addo-Carr and James Tedesco isn’t easy and they make the Maroons back line look second-rate, but never count out the Queenslanders.
They know how to fight when the chips are down and even when severely out-played in Game 1, they still managed to hang around and put pressure on New South Wales. Pressure will also play a factor this Sunday night as many of the Blues players haven’t won a State of Origin Series and they don’t know how to win one.
Getting 1-0 up is one thing but putting the series to bed is another. New South Wales were 1-0 up in 2017 after scoring a big upset at Suncorp Stadium but they couldn’t hold on to that lead.
For this reason, we’re taking the Maroons to keep the game close on Sunday. Bookmakers have New South Wales at $1.36 and Queensland at $3.20. There’s not that much difference in these two teams and we’ll happily take the +8 points on offer – BET NOW.
State of Origin first try-scorer tips
Every punter loves a first tryscorer bet and we have picked out one player from each team that represents the best value.
For the New South Wales Blues’, it’s none other than try-scoring freak Josh Addo-Carr. The Melbourne Storm winger is coming off a big game in the NRL and he played well enough in Game 1 to suggest that he could open the scoring here.
The wingers for the Blues should get plenty of ball early in the game and there’s a reason why he’s the clear $8.50 top pick with bookmakers. The next best in the betting is Tom Trbojevic and he’s not as proficient a scorer as Josh Addo-Carr is – BET NOW.
For the Queenslanders, look for Valentine Holmes to benefit from the silky skills for Kalyn Ponga. Holmes will be on the outside of Ponga and the Knights playmaker has a great passing game, which could see Holmes cross for yet another State of Origin try.
He led Queensland in Game 1 with total points and that included a try. He’s a prolific try-scorer and the $14 on offer for Holmes to score first is great value – BET NOW.