The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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St George Illawarra Dragons v Manly Sea Eagles
Lucky Round 13 kicks off with the Dragons travelling up to Brooky under lights on Friday night. With a 7.30pm kick off, fans and players alike would want to leave home early to avoid the shambles that is Military Rd on a Friday arvo but rest assured - they will delay kick until Ben Hornby and his crew can make it. Well... maybe. The Sea Eagles have been known to do worse to visiting teams and this rivalry is no exception.
After nearly losing at home to the cellar dwellers of the competition, St George Illawarra will need to lift more than a few notches to have any chance in this match. Speaking of cellar dwellers, Manly had their own troubles at Penrith last week. They were beaten well but Brookvale Oval and an angry mob of locals will give them all the energy they need to outlast a disciplined but impotent Dragons attack.
My tip: Manly 20-6
Gold Coast Titans v North Queensland Cowboys
This is where critics of a Friday night double header will get their panties in a bunch; and it's hard to blame them. For Sydney viewers, you would no doubt have been treated to a beauty from Brookvale and before you've had a chance to catch your breath, the TV takes you to Skilled Park. An empty stadium, a struggling home team, delayed telecast, bloody commercials, and just when you think that