State of Origin Game 2

New South Wales Vs Queensland
21 June 2017, 8pm.

After the Shock demolishment of Queensland (Qld) by the New South Wales (NSW) team on Qld soil, what is going to happen in this game? NSW’s youth and game plan was second to none, which has forced 7, yes 7 changes to Qld.

Let’s take a look into this all important game.

New South Wales, 1-0-0.

A glimpse to possibly the future of NSW and Easily the best 80 minutes of a NSW team in the last decade. Coach Daley’s game plan was executed to the absolute best. Each player stood tall and grew a foot and it must be said, there wasn’t a bad player wearing a sky blue jersey.
Man of the Match, A. Fifita, well what can be said about this man? He had spiders on him and absolutely torn Qld middle apart. With his combination/understanding with J. Maloney they scored a magnificent try. Fifita has finally paid his penance for last year indiscretions and is playing with a clear head. We are extremely excited to see how he goes this game and if Qld can negate him.

The other Man we are excited to see is M. Pearce. He was playing his best game in his Origin career when he was hit by W. Chambers shoulder. This saw him being helped from the field and not allowed to return. With his form/desperation at club level, we really want to see him at his best again. For us his kicking wasn’t the best, but was improving on the big stage. If he can nail his first/second kicks he will only grow again. It’s potentially his night to shine and lead his state to victory, something he hasn’t been able to do yet.

Qld Be Alert:
With A. Fifita dominating game 1, don’t be too focused on only him. Expect NSW to see the first few hit ups and understand the tactics they will use to slow him. Expect if they rush him, for Fifita to deliver early ball to his halves and opening Qld edges up. If NSW can combat the slow ruck again and keep the speed up, Qld will struggle again.

For us, the cat is out of the bag and NSW will play almost identically as they have managed to select the same 17 people. It’s their game to lose, with only 80 minutes between them and a new era brewing.

Queensland, 0-0-1.

A massive shock to the Qld faithful as, well, NSW did a Qld on Qld in Qld. The middle third was destroyed by the younger legs of NSW and the Bench just blew the ageing rooster of Qld. Nsw was able to target C. Cronk when it was late in the tackle count, due to Milfords inability to be a precise kicker and C. Smith had his hands full in the middle of the ground.
This issue will be greatly reduced by J. Thurston pulling on his boots for this game. His short kicking game and club mates on his edge for defensive work and attack, adds a whole new dimension to Qld. He also adds a short passing game that is second to none, with G. Cooper riding shot gun, it’s a danger to be watched.

It has gone from focusing on one player to now 3. With arguably the greatest Full back ever also coming back in for Qld, B. Slater.

B. Slater completes the Qld immortal spine from the last 10 years. He will have the timing that Boyd didn’t in attack for game 1 and is a better defender. Adding to the revitalised team, he can organise the middle third to a higher standard. Just his presence will buy more time for Cronk, Smith and Thurston to try and create their magic for a Qld win.

NSW Be Alert:
A small kink in NSW defensive efforts was J. Hayne. W. Chambers has been purposely moved to his side to use his speed vs Hayne. It’s a big miss match for Qld, they will design a few plays to catch him out. If they can exploit him, they will be able to put a few tries down his side.

For us, it’s been a real pleasure watching this Qld Spine over the years. This is the greatest test they have had to date, their response is worth the price of admission alone.


Traditionally this time of year in Sydney the grounds are slippery at night, luckily so far it’s a clear day and partially cloudy at best in the evening.
This will keep the game tighter than the first game and will help Qld immensely.

Team News (final team lists released an hour before game time)

New South Wales
For the first time since 1995, NSW have named the same team in consecutive games.

After years of “sticking and picking” a second consecutive defeat (1st loss game 3 2016, 18-14) forced the Qld selectors to make massive changes. Seven in fact, so take a breath, here we go:

The Outs: A. Milford, C. Oates, J. O’Neill, S. Thaiday, N. Myles, A. Guerra and J. Lillyman.

The IN’s: B. Slater,J. Thurston, V. Holmes, C. Hess, T. Glasby, J. Wallace and G. Cooper.

What we take from this?

The new look Queensland is a Quantium leap from Game 1. The Immortal spine is reunited, the forwards are in form and the bench looks to be a ripper. The NSW team will have to be more aware of more trick shots now, rather than focusing its defensive structures around Cronk.

What we like about the NSW team is they know now that they can win, they have the players to compete and structures to defuse this lethal Qld team. If they can replicate their game 1 form, no Qld team could stop them.

For us, in this pressure cooker game, Qld should win in this arena with the team changes made. Their team is more balanced and now can strike from ever part of the park.
The line started at +5.5 and now into +3.5, we are expecting this to come in even further to 2/2.5.
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