Match Preview: State of Origin Game II
State of Origin returns to ANZ Stadium tonight for Game II where New South Wales have the chance to put Queensland to the sword for only the second time in 12 years.
After a record 24-point victory at Suncorp Stadium in Game I, the new-look Blues side have the chance to take the series and establish their own era of dominance in the years to come. However, a Queensland side boosted by the huge inclusions of champions Billy Slater and Johnathan Thurston plus a host of damaging debutants such as Coen Hess and Jarrod Wallace won’t be giving up this series without a fight.
The Blues enter Game II with a completely unchanged lineup from their huge first-up victory at Suncorp, while the Queensland side has been turned on its head with seven changes made in a bid to turn their series around.
Coen Hess, Tim Glasby, Valentine Holmes and Jarrod Wallace debut for Queensland tonight while the experienced Gavin Cooper, Slater and Thurston all return to the side.
Corey Oates and Justin O’Neill are omitted from the outside backs while veteran forwards Nate Myles, Sam Thaiday, Aidan Guerra and Jacob Lillyman also miss out in place of new blood.
Wests Tigers duo James Tedesco and Aaron Woods once again take their places in the Blues side after superb performances in Game I and will be keen to repeat their efforts once again.
Date — Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Time — 8:00pm AEST
Venue — ANZ Stadium, Sydney
TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION
TV — Live via Channel 9 from 7:30pm AEST (Replay Fox League, Ch.502, from 10:00pm AEST)
Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, FM 104.9 Triple M and AM 873 2GB (check local guides)
Live Stream — NRL Digital Pass (subscription required)
Referees — Matt Cecchin and Gerard Sutton
Touch Judges — Chris Butler and Brett Suttor
Review Officials — Bernard Sutton and Ben Galea
LATEST CROWNBET ODDS
Head-to-head — New South Wales ($1.70) Queensland ($2.20)
Latest odds via crownbet.com.au (18+ only, Gamble Responsibly)
Odds correct as of Wednesday, 21 June at 10:30 am
New South Wales
1. James Tedesco 2. Brett Morris 3. Josh Dugan 4. Jarryd Hayne 5. Blake Ferguson 6. James Maloney 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Aaron Woods 9. Nathan Peats 10. Andrew Fifita 11. Boyd Cordner (capt.) 12. Josh Jackson 13. Tyson Frizell (Interchange: 14. David Klemmer 15. Wade Graham 16. Jake Trbojevic 17. Jack Bird)
Reserves — Matt Moylan (18), Trent Merrin (19), Tom Trbojevic (20)
1. Billy Slater 2. Valentine Holmes 3. Will Chambers 4. Darius Boyd 5. Dane Gagai 6. Johnathan Thurston 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Dylan Napa 9. Cameron Smith (capt.) 10. Jarrod Wallace 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Matt Gillett 13. Josh McGuire (Interchange: 14. Michael Morgan 15. Josh Papalii 16. Coen Hess 17. Tim Glasby)
Reserves — Cameron Munster (18)
2017 — Game I (NSW 28-4)
2016 — Game I (QLD 6-4), Game II (QLD 26-16), Game III (NSW 18-14)
2015 — Game I (QLD 11-10), Game II (NSW 26-18), Game III (QLD 52-6)
Head-to-Head (Series) — Played 35, Queensland 20, New South Wales 13, Drawn 2
Head-to-Head (Games) — Played 111, Queensland 58, New South Wales 49, Drawn 4