The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Brookvale Oval, Sunday 11 April 2010, kickoff 2:00pm
The Sea Eagles are finally playing at Brookvale Oval which makes it nearly impossible to tip against them here. It will be a long drive for Sharks fans but worth the trip simply because we expect fireworks in this game. Two very intense coaches will have their teams wired and ready to go for this one. The Sharks will have a renewed sense of confidence after last week's victory and will be more willing to take risks in attack after training with a new halfback for another week.
Against Manly's defense, it may not make a difference as the Eagles impressive young halves and the creativity of Glenn Stewart will be too much for the Skarks. A good battle of NSW origin hopefuls in the front row with Josh Perry taking on two young upstarts in Kade Snowden and Luke Douglas. Fantastic. Finally, let's hope Adam Cuthbertson is allowed to play at least 5 minutes against his old club; I'm sure he'll want to have a huge one and deserves to get on the field.
Man of the Match Prediction: Jamie Lyon
Tip: Manly 26-12