NEW SOuth Wales have named their side for the second State of Origin match to be played at ANZ Stadium on June 5. Shaun Timmins comes back into the side and the man he replaces, Matthew Gidley, has been named as 18th man and Steve Menzies comes onto the bench for the injured Ben Kennedy. The side is as follows:
WESTS TIGERS vs BRISBANE BRONCOSFri May 31, Campbelltown Stadium, 7.30pm(Channel Nine)
CANBERRA have only lost once in their past four matches and notched up another much needed victory over fellow strugglers, the North Queensland Cowboys.
THE Warriors have continued on their winning way in the abscence of star playmaker Stacey Jones, by disposing of the Melbourne Storm 28-12 at Olympic Park this afternoon.
AFTER New South Wales gave Queensland a hiding last night at Stadium Australia, the time has come to perform the mandatory post mortem which will be accompied by player ratings for last nights match and recommendations for game two at ANZ Stadium on June 5.
NSW has rushed Newcastle centre Matthew Gidley into the starting lineup for tonights first State of Origin clash after St George Illawarra centre Shaun Timmins failed a medical this morning after coming down with the flu.
LEADING referee Bill Harrigan has been handed the whistle for Wednesday nights opening match of this years State of Origin series in front of an expected crowd of 60,000 people at Stadium Australia.
I, for one was not expecting a victory today as Canberra had been impressive in their last two starts and being a true believer in Canberra's reputation for blowing tight games, I tipped the Rabbits and they did me proud. Canberra played some of the dumbest, mind numbing football for years and with so many falcons, Canberra are sure to finish up with at least one trophy in the cabinet at the end of the year.
ROUND ten is upon us and it sees the majority of sides take to the field very much understrentgh due to representative duties.
ROBBIE Kearns has pulled up lame after a training session at Stadium Australia today and looks to be in grave doubt for the opening State of Origin match to be played at Stadium Australia next Wednesday.