2017 State Of Origin 2 will be played at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday June 21 and we are set for one of the most intriguing State Of Origin games in recent memory.
New South Wales were nothing short of dominant against Queensland in the opening game of the series and that performance has been called the start of a new era.
Queensland have made wholesale changes to their side and a mix of experience (Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater) and youth (Coen Hess and Valentine Holmes) have been added to the squad.
Will New South Wales secure the series with another win or will Queensland show that their State Of Origin dynasty isn’t over just yet?
We have closely analysed both teams and our complete 2017 State Of Origin game 2 tips can be found below.
State Of Origin Game 2 Preview
New South Wales remain clear favourites to secure the 2017 State Of Origin Series with a win in Sydney on Wednesday night, but the weight of money has been for Queensland since both sides were released.
The Blues are $1.58 to secure the series, while Queensland have been backed into $2.40 to keep their hopes alive after being as long as $2.55 in the direct aftermath to the opening game of the Series.
The line has currently been set at four points and the Total Match Points line is 32.5 points.
State Of Origin Game 2 Tips
Head To Head Betting
Queensland have not taken their defeat in the opening game of the 2017 State Of Origin Series lying down and they have made plenty of changes to their side.
The big plus for Queensland is the presence of Johnathan Thurston.
Queensland lacked attacking options without Thurston in the team and he showed against the Parramatta Eels last Saturday night that he has not lost any of his ability during his time on the sidelines.
Thurston not only gives Queensland plenty of spark in attack, but he is an excellent organiser in defence and has an excellent connection with the majority of his Queensland teammates.
The presence of Billy Slater and Valentine Holmes also gives Queensland two incredibly dangerous players in broken play and the ability to score from anywhere on the field, which has been a key aspect of their dominance over the past decade.
The changes in the forwards have to be made – Nate Myles, Sam Thaiday and Jacob Lillyman offered very little in Game 1 – and in the form of Coen Hess the Maroons now have a player that they can bring on after 20 minutes to cause some serious damage.
It should come as no surprise that New South Wales will go into this game with an unchanged side and there is no doubt that their game plan will be very similar.
Controlling the game in the middle of the ruck will be key to the success of New South Wales and there isn’t a great deal that the likes of Thurston, Slater and Holmes can do if the New South Wales forward pack is able to dominate once again.
While New South Wales were obviously convincing winners in Game 1, that scoreline was probably a bit harsh on Queensland and I really don’t think that there is as much between these two sides as that performance indicated.
There is nothing more dangerous than a fired up Queensland side and a team that includes Thurston, Slater, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith should never be as long as their current quote.
Queensland are genuine value to keep the series alive with a hard-fought win.
TIP: Queensland Maroons at $2.40
State Of Origin Game 2 Teams
New South Wales
James Tedesco (Wests Tigers)
Blake Ferguson (Sydney Roosters)
Josh Dugan (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Jarryd Hayne (Gold Coast Titans)
Brett Morris (Canterbury Bulldogs)
James Maloney (Cronulla Sharks)
Mitchell Pearce (Sydney Roosters)
Aaron Woods (Wests Tigers)
Nathan Peats (Gold Coast Titans)
Andrew Fifita (Cronulla Sharks)
Josh Jackson (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Boyd Cordner (Sydney Roosters)
Tyson Frizell (St George Illawarra Dragons)
David Klemmer (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Wade Graham (Cronulla Sharks)
Jake Trbojevic (Manly Sea Eagles)
Jack Bird (Cronulla Sharks)
Billy Slater (Melbourne Storm)
Valentine Holmes (Cronulla Sharks)
Will Chambers (Melbourne Storm)
Darius Boyd (Brisbane Broncos)
Dane Gagai (Newcastle Knights)
Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland Cowboys)
Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm)
Dylan Napa (Sydney Roosters)
Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm)
Josh Papalii (Canberra Raiders)
Gavin Cooper (North Queensland Cowboys)
Matt Gillett (Brisbane Broncos)
Josh McGuire (Brisbane Broncos)
Michael Morgan (North Queensland Cowboys)
Tim Glasby (Melbourne Storm)
Coen Hess (North Queensland Cowboys)
Jarrod Wallace (Gold Coast Titans)