Origin 1 Preview and Tips - Blues v Maroons

26-05-2010 08:00PM at ANZ Stadium

Referee: Tony Archer and Shayne Hayne
Touch Judges: Paul Holland and David Abood
Referee: Bill Harrigan and Paul Simpkins

With all the talk of 'square ups' and fights and cheap shots..., the rivalry has once again continued along its wonderful path of frenzied anticipation. All the talk in the world won't matter at kick off. As Origin always does, tonight's version will deliver something that none of us have predicted or expected. There will be a moment, as there always is, that will simply amaze us all. The rain in Sydney will add to the spectacle as the best of any code in the country square off against each other at ANZ stadium tonight.

As far as predictions go, I've never tipped Queensland and I never will. Simply can't. Having said that it is impossible to ignore the supreme talent on show in Maroon jerseys tonight. Jonathan Thurston and Darren Lockyer have been the difference in the past 4 series and will probably be again tonight. Lockyer's kicking game is still the best in the land and will have NSW fighting out of their own end for an eternity. The pressure will mount and eventually show on the scoreboard. To counter act this, the Blues resolve will definitely be stronger this year compared to the meek surrenderings of the past, and in the end class will prevail.

My Man of the Match Prediction: Sam Thaiday (QLD)
My Tip: NSW 18-12

The Teams

  New South Wales               Queensland 
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1. Kurt GidleyFullback1. Billy Slater
2. Jarryd HayneWing2. Darius Boyd
3. Timana TahuCentre3. Greg Inglis
4. Matt CooperCentre4. Willie Tonga
5. Brett MorrisWing5. Israel Folau
6. Jamie LyonFive Eighth6. Darren Lockyer
7. Brett KimmorleyHalfback7. Johnathan Thurston
8. Michael WeymanProp8. Matthew Scott
9. Michael EnnisHooker9. Matt Ballin
10. Josh PerryProp10. Petero Civoniceva
11. Trent WaterhouseSecond Row11. Nate Myles
12. Ben CreaghSecond Row12. Sam Thaiday
13. Anthony WatmoughLock13. Ashley Harrison
14. Jamal IdrisInterchange14. Cooper Cronk
15. Tom Learoyd-LahrsInterchange15. David Shillington
16. Luke LewisInterchange16. Neville Costigan
17. Brett WhiteInterchange17. Dave Taylor
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Head to Head

2009 State of Origin 3 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane New South Wales 28-16
2009 State of Origin 2 ANZ Stadium, Homebush Bay Queensland 24-14
2009 State of Origin 1 Etihad Stadium, Melbourne Queensland 28-18
2008 State Of Origin 3 ANZ Stadium Queensland 16-10
2008 State Of Origin 2 Suncorp Stadium Queensland 30-0

LeagueUnlimited Tipsters -

Kevin Brennan - Blues by 8

Justin Davies - Blues by 1

Alison Nolan - Maroons by 7

Tim Costello - Blues by 2

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