Game 2 of the 2017 State Of Origin Series will kick off tonight between the NSW Blues and the QLD Maroons at ANZ Stadium. The Blues looked good in winning Game 1 away from home and they will line-up as favourites to win the series tonight although a better looking QLD team won’t allow that to be easy. View the NSW Blues vs QLD Maroons Tips, Odds and Teams.
When: 20:10 | Wednesday 21/06/2017
Where: ANZ Stadium
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Tip: NSW Blues at $1.68
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1. James Tedesco, 2. Blake Ferguson, 3. Josh Dugan, 4. Jarryd Hayne, 5. Brett Morris, 6. James Maloney, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Nathan Peats, 10. Andrew Fifita, 11. Josh Jackson, 12. Boyd Cordner (c), 13. Tyson Frizell
Interchange: 14. David Klemmer, 15. Wade Graham, 16. Jake Trbojevic, 17. Jack Bird
18th man: Matt Moylan
19th man: Jordan McLean
20th man: Tom Trbojevic
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 (c), 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
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change
NSW hope conditions help in Origin ‘war’
John Cartwright is hoping the local conditions and NSW’s vociferous home support will help the Blues secure their first State of Origin series since 2014.
The Blues assistant coach told reporters on the morning of Wednesday night’s match the cold and wet conditions will not suit Queensland, who are desperate for a win to keep the series alive.
“It’s going to be slippery and greasy, not perfect conditions for an open game, if we do everything right that may come into favour for us,” he said.
With the Maroons at full strength, welcoming back Johnathan Thurston from injury and the recalled Billy Slater, he admitted it would be a tough clash at ANZ Stadium.
“It’s going to be a war tonight … it certainly makes them more dangerous,” he said.
Cartwright hoped for a similar style of play to the victory at Suncorp, by keeping the ball in play and turning it into a “game of survival”.
And with the help of home supporters he said NSW could put even more pressure on the visitors.
“Let’s make it as tough as we can. As much noise we can, influence the decision making as much as we can and give them something to celebrate afterwards.”
Maroons assistant coach Anthony Seibold agreed it would be a tough clash and said his side was readying for a real battle through the middle.
“It’s going to be a war on the footy field, we just want our guys to show a lot of energy and be nice and aggressive,” Seibold said on Wednesday.
“There’s been a lot of talk in the build-up by both teams and I think it’s about actions tonight,” he said.