The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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EnergyAustralia Stadium, Saturday 17 April 2010, kickoff 5:30pm
The Newcastle Knights have everything to play for in this game. Their reputation is on the line after losing 4 games in a row including a heartbreaking home loss to Penrith on Easter Monday and then being convincingly beaten by South Sydney last week. Most league pundits are talking about the Bulldogs and Eels' woes in early 2010 - the Knights should be mentioned in the same disappointing breath.
With a talented 'spine' of De Gois, Dureau, Mullen and returning captain Kurt Gidley, Newcastle will be too strong for the visiting Cowboys who are completely ravaged by injury. Everything they do in attack goes through the missing Payne and Thurston. The Newcastle Knights are not fairdinkum if they lose this game. Also, Willie Mason has traditionally played well in his home town - he should do so again here and will be worth watching.
Man of the Match Prediction: Cory Paterson
Tip: Knights 32-12