The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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02-04-2010 02:10PM at Etihad Stadium
Game of the season at this early stage. The two best defensive teams in the competition so you know it will be uncompromising, aggressive, and close and if we are lucky - slightly violent. These teams do have a history of 'restless' behaviour: so let's hope Billy Slater and Jason Nightingale run into each other a few times, and perhaps Jeremy Smith can incite an altercation against his old club.
All the fun aside, Cooper Cronk will make a huge difference to the Storm, as he did last week, and will ignite their attack. His combination with Smith and Slater against a frigid Dragons defense will be like watching a heavyweight title fight. Ducking, weaving, jabbing, and trying different combinations to punch a hole in the opposition - it will be super entertaining. The Dragons defense holds out and they score enough points through Ben Creagh and an ever improving backline to win a close one.
My Man of the Match Prediction: Jeremy Smith
My Tip: Saints 19-18
|Melbourne Storm St George Illawarra Dragons|
|2009||Round 21||WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah||St George Illawarra Dragons||26-12|
|2009||Round 1||Olympic Park Stadium||Melbourne Storm||17-16|
|2008||Round 19||Olympic Park, Melbourne||Melbourne Storm||26-0|
|2008||Round 10||ANZ Stadium||St George Illawarra Dragons||36-12|