16-06-2010 08:00PM at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Can it get any worse for NSW fans? Of course it can, we still have a game to play. Off the field, I can't recall a more damaging pre game incident than what the Blues have experienced this past week. Safe to say that NSW will either crumble, as a unit, or find a way to stick together and accomplish the improbable - beat Queensland at Suncorp to save their reputations against the most dominant force in Origin history. This dominant force will be enjoying the relative silence of this build up compared to Origins past where all and sundry have been talking about violence. Seems the media finally have something else to write about.
Come Thursday morning however, we predict they will be writing about the on-field performances. "Lockyer and Thurston too good", "NSW not up to standard" and "The Blues should have picked someone else". You can count on it. You can also count on Sam Thaiday to continue his amazing season, Cameron Smith to remind everyone how good he actually is and Queensland's young front rowers to make a name for themselves. Speed will be the main difference - NSW will struggle with this and won't have enough of it out wide to score points, or defend against one of the best Rugby League back lines ever assembled. My head says QLD, my heart says NSW and it's bleeding profusely.
My Man of the Match Prediction: Darren Lockyer says farewell to 'Lang Park' in style.
My Tip: I just can't do it..... NSW 19-18
|Queensland New South Wales|
Head to Head
|2010||State of Origin Game 1 2010||ANZ Stadium||Queensland||28-24|
|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|