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.
Maroons ready to unleash “mad” Napa on NSW
Teammates may think Dylan Napa is a “bit mad” but Queensland don’t believe the fiery redhead will do something silly when finally he is finally unleashed on the State of Origin arena.
Maroons forward Jacob Lillyman warned NSW a fired-up Napa could not wait to be cut loose in game one in Brisbane on Wednesday after being asked to step up for injured Test prop Matt Scott (knee).
He said the 113kg, 198cm Napa was primed to make an immediate impact and “hurt” NSW in a bid to make up for lost time.
Napa was among eight players – including fellow debutant Anthony Milford – slapped with 2016 Origin bans for breaking Emerging Maroons camp curfew.
“For sure,” Lillyman said when asked if Napa could hurt NSW.
“He is such a big body, he is a massive bloke and plays the game hard.
“Added to that, he is so pumped and fired up and ready to go.
“There is going to be some artillery flying around.
“He is a real physical player, he brings that presence and he will look to assert that.”
Loud but affable, Sydney Roosters enforcer Napa has been the hit of the Queensland camp with his left-field take on the world.
“He is wired a bit differently, the big fella,” Lillyman said.
“He is a bit mad. But it freshens things up and lightens the mood a bit.
“He provides a lot of entertainment for everyone.”
Lillyman does not believe the excitable Napa would get his wires crossed and take his aggression too far against the Blues.
“I don’t think he is at risk of doing something silly,” he said.
“Everything will be within the rules of the game.
“But he will be looking to bring that physical side of things.”
Ahead of his record 40th Origin game, Queensland captain Cameron Smith said he looked forward to Napa’s debut.
“Napa has been ready for 12 months now,” he said.
“He probably would have played last year but he didn’t get that opportunity.
“He’s the type of guy who really thrives in those situations.
“Game one is usually fairly physical, played up the middle and not a whole lot played out wide – it will definitely suit his game.”