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State Of Origin 2014 Tips: Queensland vs NSW

Posted by admin on 27/5/2014
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The only game on Wednesday for State Of Origin 2014 Game 1 is between Queensland Maroons and New South Wales Blues. The opening bounce is set to commence at 8:00pm with the game to be played at Suncorp Stadium. The favourite for the match is home team Queensland Maroons. View our preview and teams for the game between Queensland Maroons and New South Wales Blues.

WHERE and WHEN: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Wednesday 8:00pm

Odds Comparison:

Queensland Maroons 1.45 1.45 1.43 1.45 1.45 1.42
New South Wales Blues 2.85 2.80 2.90 2.80 2.85 2.90

All odds are subject to change. Odds listed are correct at the time of the latest update.

 

All odds are subject to change. Odds listed are correct at the time of the latest update.

Tips:

Preview:

After all the talk, the criticism, the opinions on team selection, the actual team selection, Mitchell Pearce’s bender, injuries and 11 round of footy, State of Origin is finally here!

Some call it the pinnacle of rugby league and I find it hard to disagree.

Queensland versus New South Wales. Cane Toads versus Cockroaches. Phil Gould’s “last word”, sold-out stadiums, an atmosphere only rivalled by the grand final.

Every kid who grows up playing rugby league wants to one day represent their state in the State of Origin.

For the last eight years in the Origin arena, Mal Meninga and his Maroons have beaten the blues into the dirt and are aiming to make it nine. On the other side of the border, the fans have had enough, and the players want redemption. This promises to be an incredible Origin series.

The 34 men who will represent their state have been listed that many times it’s probably imprinted in your brain, but here they are again anyway:

Although Queensland’s superstars are beginning to age, they have loads of Origin experience, plus probably the best combination in the game in Slater, Cronk and Smith. If Queensland need a big play produced, one of them – with the help of players like Matt Scott, Matt Gillett and Greg Inglis – will get the Maroons out of trouble. But is age catching up with them?

New South Wales on the other hand are trying to dig themselves out of the Sate of Origin hole they have been in for the last eight years. The Blues had some surprises with their squad, like dropping Mitchell Pearce, or picking Beau Scott and Tony Williams. It will be very interesting to see if these selections come off for the Blues.

=The major battle between the Blues and the Maroons will be in the forwards. Both teams have a relatively small second row and are thin on front rowers on the bench. Gallen could shift to the front row for the Blues, with Merrin playing up the middle, while for Queensland, Papalii and Guerra could both possibly play in the front row.

Queensland’s starting front rower, Nate Myles, will not be playing in his favoured position of the second row. However Corey Parker could well play up front for the Maroons for a period of time, as he has on a number of occasions for the Brisbane Broncos this season.

Whichever team can win the battle up front, making big tackles and big runs coming out of their red zone, will go a long way to winning the game. And who else can’t wait to see Myles and Gallen go at it again?

Whatever the pack can do will mean nothing if the halves can’t make a big impact upon the game. For the Maroons, Thurston and Cronk are proven performers who will look to do it again for the Maroons and really lead from the front. The Blues will have to try and wear them down in defence, however if either of them does get badly worn down, injured or isn’t performing, the Maroons have a very suitable replacement on the bench in Daly Cherry-Evans.

For the Blues, Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds are both unproven in the big arena. With Laurie Daley publicly stating Mitchell Pearce could be back this series, they will both have to perform at Suncorp Stadium. Of course they will only be able to perform if the Blues pack can outmuscle the Maroons.

In Origin every point counts, with big swings in momentum attached to a single point, so goal kicking is very important. Hodkinson is one of the best, but will he cope with Origin pressure? Thurston is also up there and has done well before.

High kicking to the wing is a battle the Blues are widely expected to win. Daniel Tupou and Brett Morris should easily outclass Boyd and Tate in the air, so expect the blues to go aerial often and it could be a big advantage.

Finally, Slater versus Hayne. Hayne can be another playmaker for the Blues and could guide them to victory, whereas Slater has a lot of experience around him but still wins games on his own.

Ultimately, at The Cauldron, two debutant halves for the Blues and Queensland’s experience will be too much for the Blues and Queensland will win by 6.

Teams:

Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin 2014 Game 1:Badge of Queensland Maroons team
1. Billy Slater, 2. Darius Boyd, 3. Greg Inglis, 4. Justin Hodges, 5. Brent Tate, 6. Johnathan Thurston, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Matt Scott, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Nate Myles, 11. Chris McQueen, 12 Matt Gillett, 13 Corey Parker, 14. Daly Cherry-Evans, 15. Ben Te’o 16. Josh Papalii, 17. Aidan Guerra 18. Will Chambers, 19. Jake Friend

 

 

New South Wales Blues team for State of Origin 2014 Game 1:Badge of New South Wales team
1. Jarryd Hayne, 2. Brett Morris, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Michael Jennings 5. Daniel Tupou, 6. Josh Reynolds, 7. Trent Hodkinson, 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Robbie Farah, 10. James Tamou, 11. Ryan Hoffman, 12. Beau Scott, 13. Paul Gallen, 14. Trent Merrin, 15. Anthony Watmough, 16. Luke Lewis, 17. Tony Williams

 

News:

Billy Slater could find himself ambushed under a barrage of short, hanging kicks from NSW in Wednesday’s rugby league State of Origin opener in Brisbane.

The Blues have trained in secret as they plot ways to end Queensland’s eight-year dominance away but the Maroons can expect to face some new tactics, including some gleaned from New Zealand rugby union’s all-conquering All Blacks.

Laurie Daley and All Blacks coach Steve Hansen share a mutual friend and an invitation was arranged for the NSW coach and his assistant Matt Parish to watch preparations for a Rugby Championship Test against South Africa in Auckland last year.

It was a rare insight into the methods of the world champion All Blacks, who were on their way to becoming the first international side to remain unbeaten in a calendar year, winning 14 successive Tests.

Hansen’s team have perfected the tactic of contested high, hanging kicks allowing chasers to challenge the opposing fullback in leaping catches, increasing the prospect of a turnover.

The Blues’ inferior kicking game is widely acknowledged as the most crucial difference between the sides over the last eight series, with Maroons fullback Slater outstanding at covering and returning long kicks from the Blues.

Hansen and his All Blacks coaching staff have worked out the optimum kick distance from a ball in hand to pressure a fullback in their game should be 28 metres, with a hang time of 4.4 seconds.

Should the Blues use rookie halfback Trent Hodkinson, a noted kicker, to employ a similar tactic it would theoretically give Slater less room to run while ensuring a welcoming committee is on hand to apply pressure and thump him onto his back after he catches.

NSWRL chief executive Dave Trodden said the trip to Auckland last year was hugely beneficial for Daley who persuaded the board they had to splash the cash if they wanted to finally beat Mal Meninga’s side.

“Preparing a team for one-off matches is very different to preparing a team for a season,” Trodden said.

“We came to the conclusion that the All Blacks were as good as any team to look at.

“Laurie and Matt came back buzzing and full of ideas about the way the All Blacks go about things and preparing things.

“We had a lot of confidence about Laurie as a coach and person and it was important for us to show him that.

“We’ve increased in our investment in the team because the senior management knew we needed to.

“If you want to get better there will be a cost.”

It’s estimated the cost of the Blues preparations this season will be more than $1.5 million dollars.

Highly-regarded sports scientist Dr Duncan and a team of interns from the Australian Catholic University started their plans to assist the Blues for the series in February.

NSW payers have had their urine and saliva testing in camp in addition to their sleep patterns analysed.

Trodden said hiring Duncan, who worked with EPL club Crystal Palace helping them win promotion last year, is a sign of how things have become more professional under Daley.

“We took a range of decisions to do things differently and every decision we’ve made was aimed at increasing the professionalism of the team.”