We take a look at tonight’s State Or Origin Game 1 match between QLD Maroons and NSW Blues with the match to be played in Queensland at Suncorp Stadium with kick off at 8:10PM. View our QLD Maroons vs NSW Blues Tips.
When: 20:15 | Wednesday 31/05/2017
Watch: Channel 7 📺
Tonight’s Origin match is shaping up to be one of the closest matches judging by Bet365’s market on the match with the away team NSW firming into favouritism in recent days despite QLD opening as favourites at home.
Fans were disappointed with QLD’s team selection which has prompted a big move for the Blues to win the opening match tonight and we are in agreeance however the Maroons are getting out to a good price in the market.
As always we feel this match will go down to the wire and will be low scoring with a try either way probably deciding the match.
We are on the Blues to win by 4 points.
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Tip: NSW Blues at $1.85
Value BET: First Tryscorer: James Tedesco at $13.00
New South Wales Blues team
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: Jack De Belin
1. Darius Boyd, 2. Corey Oates, 3. Will Chambers, 4. Justin O’Neill, 5. Dane Gagai, 6. Anthony Milford, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Dylan Napa, 9. Cameron Smith (C), 10. Nate Myles, 11. Josh Papalii, 12. Matt Gillett, 13. Josh McGuire.
Interchange: 14. Michael Morgan, 15. Sam Thaiday, 16. Aidan Guerra, 17. Jacob Lillyman.
18th man: Jarrod Wallace.
Daley admits to having pre-Origin jitters
NSW coach Laurie Daley has admitted to pre-game jitters and doesn’t know if his side will turn up or go belly-up on Wednesday night.
The Blues finalised preparations for State of Origin I on the Gold Coast on Tuesday, and while Daley couldn’t fault their efforts in camp he still didn’t know what to expect from his charges.
His side have right to feel confident with the Maroons depleted by injuries to key players such as Johnathan Thurston but there is a part of Daley which is wary.
The NSW mentor still has fresh in his mind their 52-6 belting in the 2015 series decider at Suncorp Stadium, a game which is stopping him from being complacent.
“In 2015 in game three I thought we had our best prep ever and I was as confident as I’ve ever been going into an Origin game,” Daley said.
“But after that game I was shell-shocked.
“I can’t pick it.”
While NSW have managed just one win over the previous 11 years, the series has remained a remarkably close contest.
In nine of their 10 losing series during that period, they have lost games by six points or less.
Had the Blues found that extra something in the key moments, their legacies would be viewed very differently.
Daley said he expected game one to come down to one clutch play and he had prepared his side as best he could to take advantage of that.
“Being able to nail the critical moments, that’s what we’ve got to be better at,” Daley said.
“We haven’t quite nailed it over the last couple of years. We’ve got to be better at it and I’m sure we will be.”