While the 2018 #NRL Pre-Season is still a few weeks away, there's a bunch of warm-up clashes happeni...
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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.
The inclusion of Gidley is a major disruption to the Blues preperation and his defence, which has been found wanting all year, will be a major cause of concern for the Blues and their supporters.
We are yet to see what impact this will have with sportstab as New South Wales are slight favourites for the match but the inclusion of Gidley may well turn the tables in Queenslands favour.
The battle of turnstiles Matt Gidley and Chris Walker should be a major worry for both camps.