State of Origin – game one

Queensland Maroons vs New South Wales Blues – Wednesday night – Suncorp Stadium

Queensland Maroons
  1. Kalyn Ponga (Newcastle Knights)
  2. Corey Oates (Brisbane Broncos)
  3. Michael Morgan (North Queensland Cowboys)
  4. Will Chambers (Melbourne Storm)
  5. Dane Gagai (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
  6. Cameron Munster (Melbourne Storm)
  7. Daly Cherry-Evans (c) (Manly Sea Eagles)
  8. Jai Arrow (Gold Coast Titans)
  9. Ben Hunt (St George Illawarra Dragons)
  10. Josh Papalii (Canberra Raiders)
  11. Felise Kaufusi (Melbourne Storm)
  12. Matt Gillett (Brisbane Broncos)
  13. Josh McGuire (North Queensland Cowboys)
  14. Moses Mbye (Wests Tigers)
  15. Joe Ofahengaue (Brisbane Broncos)
  16. Dylan Napa (Canterbury Bulldogs)
  17. David Fifita (Brisbane Broncos)

Coach - Kevin Walters

New South Wales Blues
  1. James Tedesco (Sydney Roosters)
  2. Nick Cotric (Canberra Raiders)
  3. Latrell Mitchell (Sydney Roosters)
  4. Josh Morris (Cronulla Sharks)
  5. Josh Addo-Carr (Melbourne Storm)
  6. Cody Walker (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
  7. Nathan Cleary (Penrith Panthers)
  8. David Klemmer (Newcastle Knights)
  9. Damien Cook (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
  10. Paul Vaughan (St George Illawarra Dragons)
  11. Boyd Cordnor (c) (Sydney Roosters)
  12. Tyson Frizell (St George Illawarra Dragons)
  13. Jake Trbojevic (Manly Sea Eagles)
  14. Jack Wighton (Canberra Raiders)
  15. Payne Haas (Brisbane Broncos)
  16. Cameron Murray (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
  17. Angus Crichton (Sydney Roosters)

Coach - Brad Fittler

I've just spent a session seeking guidance from the Tipster Whisperer, and his key recommendation was to not mention the Blues even once. That seems pretty bloody unreasonable, so I've tossed that aside for now and I'll just do what I've always done.

The Blues head up to Queensland in somewhat unfamiliar territory...as defending champions. They're also bringing five debutants which is unusual, given it's Queensland that are meant to be going through a rebuilding phase. The halves for NSW will get plenty of attention, and with good reason. Cleary has been below his best in a team performing below their best. He pairs up with debutant Cody Walker, but at least Walker is bringing with him the best form of his career. He deserves this. That the rest of the spine (Cook and Tedesco) have Origin experience and very good form has to make this a little easier for them. Cook and Walker have been quite the duo at the Rabbits this season so that helps too...but still.

Meanwhile, Cherry-Evans heads into the furnace of Origin duty with no form at all. He hasn't played for weeks, he's got the (c) next to his name and (I assume) goal-kicking duties to boot. It's a huge ask, but he does come across as the sort of bloke that doesn't let too many things phase him. It's why some people don't like the bloke...I suppose. The QLD spine isn't shabby either – Munster and Ponga are, let's be blunt here, freakin superstars. They have ten years of Origin ahead of them unless they go off the rails or end up playing for the All Blacks. Ben Hunt at nine isn't perfect, but here's why I like it:

  • He can take the line on when the opportunity presents.
  • The dummy-half role "simplifies" what Hunt has to do, and I suspect over-thinking things brings him undone at times.
  • If needed, he can kick from dummy-half.
  • He may not have the speed off the mark of Damien Cook, but neither did Cameron Smith. While the Blues forwards are watching Munster and Ponga like hawks, Hunt can capitalise.

I worry about the QLD forward pack, but I always worry about that. The NSW forwards look bigger and stronger than QLD almost every year, and despite that, QLD win more games than they lose. Putting on that maroon jersey makes mountains of men north of the tweed. They'll do their job, and a willing crowd will help them get there.

In 2017 the first game of the series was in Brisbane, and the Blues won 28-4. That's just two years ago, but here's the amazing thing – only five players from that 2017 NSW side are here for game one in 2019. Two of those are on the bench. Only one of their key spine players (Tedesco) is still around, and he's the only 2017 survivor in the NSW backline. It's a whole new team, and even though QLD are 'rebuilding', they have eight players who were here in 2017...and the same coach. Queensland will win game one by drawing on their experience...and a home ground advantage that's difficult to match anywhere else in the world.

Verdict – Queensland 17 to New South Wales 16

First try scorer – Dane Gagai

Man of the Match – Kalyn Ponga

Comments

The Thinker's picture

Greetings Origin fans

As you can see I am still Thinkering about this one, but if anyone feels like throwing a few grenades over the border or just discussing the game feel free to get the ball rolling.

It starts to feel real when the teams are named. Getting excited now.

Matt's picture

McGuire Plays for Cowboys not Brisbane mate

The Thinker's picture

Thanks Matt....I'm living in the past   :-)

tigerholic's picture

Queensland have named a formidable lineup, but NSW to continue their form from last years series win and take it out again this year.

Should be an interesting game 1.

Islander's picture

How Jarrod Wallace didn't make the maroons squad is beyond me. Along with Josh papalii he has been the most consistent maroons forward this year.
Not that I am complaining being a blues fan, but I reckon he's been hard done by.

The Tide Head's picture

Hi Thinker.
Is there a Origin tipping game?
If not, here's an idea:
Tip wrong your out.
Tip right, use the scoring margin differential.
- Just putting it out there!
Blues by 13
First try: Nick Cotric
MOTM: David Klemmar
Cheers!

Jenny's picture

Hey Tide Head.
I would say you are thinking with your heart not your head
Cheers

The Tide Head's picture

Hi Jenny,
Unfortunately, on this occasion I actually did use my head and had flashbacks of the 2018 Series. The Blues were a formidable side. I'm sure a few Maroons supporters had were a tad concerned during the half-time break. As it happens, it was quite a close game! Looking forward to Game Two.

2sheds's picture

BLUES must adopt the JWH approach and take out Ponga! 😁. Everything else will fall into place. (Just jokes really as I’m a Knights fan. ) but seriously, NSW need to nullify the un- nullifyable 🤔

Baggy_Gee's picture

Not sure but I'll whinge about a Wednesday game starting at 815. How are my daughters meant to even watch the first half before school the next day?

mark ashford's picture

Hi 2sheds
It may have been a joke but you can bet Kayln will have a target on him bigger than our national flag. Unlike the halves who get a bit of cover from the forwards a fullback is open to attack. Just hope he gets back to your Knights with his head still on his shoulders. JWH shot was a dog shot on Kayln. An ageing forward trying to hurt a future superstar of our game. I heard Sterlo say "well that's his job" but it's not. JWH's job is to get some forward momentum and maybe an offload. He has a terrible record and I for one will be happy when he retires.

2sheds's picture

Agree Mark. Firstly, If Ponga is targeted “fairly”.... as in pressured fairly, that’s all part of the game and I’m sure he expects it, as any in form star player would.
As for JWH, don’t think you go far enough! He has a very bad track record at being a DOG! I would love to see him cop some of his own medicine..... IN SPADES!!! Bring it!!

BigPeteBx's picture

Hello 2sheds and good Sunday morning to you.
Where may I ask, do you get your title from.
Is it that you don't give 2sheds.

It is most interesting to many on this site, with our reciprocating friends,
but where do you communicate from, apart from a computer or mobile.
R u one of a few of us, from NSW, or one of quite a few, north of the Tweed Heads border.

Cheers and keep well - Big Pete

2sheds's picture

Hi Big Pete.
I’m a proud Novocastrian!!! Although I now live in the Gold Coast , I spent the first 44 years of my life in Newy and live and miss it dearly. Thus..... BLUE THROUGH & THROUGH!!
The name comes from a Monty Python sketch.... “Arthur 2 Sheds Jackson”, and as my old man used to build sheds, some of my mates used to call me “ 2sheds, son of many sheds”. 😁
Traveling around Oz at present and mobile service sometimes iffy so may be but slow responding occasionally.
BRING ON GAME 1!! Would LOOOVVVEE to see the 2 headed freaks gets smashed at Suncorp!!👏👏🙏🤞🕺🕺🎉🍾

BigPeteBx's picture

Great to hear back from you 2sheds. Best you stay in touch on this site. Great people here, we have the occasional banting/stirring, but in good faith. A major issue once here, decided to depart. So we are what we are - now.

Small world out there. A mate of mine from here, now on Gold Coast, has a sister who owns 7 pizza franchises there called Maries Pizza's. My wife follows Knights, as does her wider family who lived at Cardiff/Charlestown and now Singleton. My wife left Grace Bros here to go to Newy to help interior setup the new Grace Bros in Charlestown Store, when it was built. Her brother was in Lions Club in Newcastle and was a well known builder there.

A cousin of mine, recently retired from Hunter Water and now lives at Merewether and previous at Kotara. His dad worked for railways, as did many I knew from here, that moved to Pt Waratah.

Cheers and keep well in your travels
Big Pete

mark ashford's picture

2sheds
I recall a Broncos/Roosters game a couple of years ago when Thaiday was at his best. He absolutely smashed JWH on every tackle and the Broncs went on to win the game. JWH is ageing now and has lost a bit of his go forward but still takes any opportunity to try and hurt smaller players. Will he be remembered as a great forward or just a bully? I think a bully.

BigPeteBx's picture

Mark - I recall varying styles of JWH, runs around with socks around his ankles, has adopted a beard like the tribal head-hunters and has turned out to be one. In addition, I will remember him as a totally different player than when on Nth Shore with Manly. Much water now gone under that bridge.
BUT - there was a one-liner put out years ago, when Mal Fraser was our PM and it goes like this. Tammy has one - Mal is one and that is how I'll remember JWH. Some of you will get my drift and possibly agree. But sorry beforehand, to the ladies here.
Big Pete who dislikes blatant thuggery.

Baggy_Gee's picture

Your talking about a spine aren't you Pete.

BigPeteBx's picture

Something like that BG - I might have misinterpreted it though.
How you been going mate?
The new stadium looks good, from the picture box.
I'm planning on going there, next A-League season.
Keep well Champ - Big Pete

mark ashford's picture

Baggy
I totally agree about the start time. Kids in NSW & QLD wait a whole year for these games it is the pinnacle of RL, not to mention me an elder citizen who likes to get to bed at a reasonable time. What will happen in Perth with the time difference surely they will start early or we'll be watching the winning try by QLD at midnight.
Big Pete
I've watched JWH style for many years. When running the ball he always led with his forearm cocked and loaded into the tacklers throat.
Lost count of the injuries he caused. One comes to mind when one of the Morris twins attempted a tackle and was left gagging and trying to breath on the ground. I too hate thugs and this guy has been one of the best or worst whichever way you see it.

a's picture

Are you going to update my comp Thinker

mark ashford's picture

My SoO 1 comment is a short one.
QLD of course love playing at Lang Park lets call it that, no offense to Suncorp who are a major sponsor and caretakers of my Super.
The teams are fairly balanced so for me it's...……….
QLD 20 NSW 14
1st scorer...Corey Oates
MoM Cameron Munster
DCE to have a blinder.
Good luck to all Blues supporters, your gonna need it!

The Thinker's picture

By sheer coincidence I was at Lang Park tonight, and Alfie Langer (the statue version) arrived and was being lowered into place. Looks good.

Lang(er) Park maybe...for one night only.

christine 's picture

Big pete
You don't have to watch your blatant thuggery on here just because us mere females are on here especially after the exit of he who shall remain nameless & the likes of the other out cast we won't talk about but you are always welcome here kind sir never forget that ...

BigPeteBx's picture

Thanks Christine - thuggery in sport gets me down. Sometimes I let loose, but I always try to respect the lady folk who might be reading in.
Of course, days were a little different when I was coaching - but bloody was always common.
Keep well from all of us and good luck tonight and on 7.6.
Big Pete NSW Boy.

christine 's picture

It's QLD for me never jump ship stay loyal & true even though I live in NSW I HAVE ALWAYS SUPPORTED QLD no one asked me when my mum was pregnant who I want to pledge my loyalty too ...

Baggy_Gee's picture

Pete, champing at the bit to get down there and watch the BOYS. But first things first, let's get a few wins on the board. How are your boys going with all the injuries, and MIA for origin?

BigPeteBx's picture

BG - we should know how our boys fair/pull up, after tonight.
Hopefully Jurbo (Jake) Turbo and DCE come through ok, as Tommy should be back for a trip to Nth Qld this week.
Cheers and keep well - Big Pete

a's picture

Here’s my prediction

NSW 16 tires James Tedesco Josh Addo-Carr goals Nathan Cleary 4/4 QLD 4 try Dane Gagai

Man of the match Latrell Mitchell

tigerholic's picture

Morning Folks
It's always a great day when State of Origin time rolls around especially when one has the day off to prepare. Similar to the players I wake up when I am ready, try and have a big breakfast as the nerves will kick in later, I like to go for a walk through town in my NSW gear so the townsfolk can see me, then home for some light stretching and then tuck into some lunch(normally a nice steak and a beer).
The afternoon will see me taking as nap for a few hours before the little NSW supporters arrive home on the bus, afternoon then preparing the dinner prior to kick off, tonight we are having a simple meal of nachos followed by pizza at halftime.

Looking at both teams on paper, they are fairly evenly matched in all positions, of course NSW have 5 debutants but all of a high caliber. This should be a great game, I see QLD as being in the favourites position as it is a parochial home crowd advantage, but if NSW can put that aside and take the chances that arise then they are a huge chance tonight.

NSW to win26-10
First try scorer- L Mitchell
Man of the Match-J Tedesco

Go the BLUES- enjoy the game tonight folks

Tiger

BigPeteBx's picture

Gee Tige, I'd love to get into that frame of mind with you, doing the rounds and easing in for the night. Sounds like some good session.
No mention made of the liquids, or is it straight water mate.
Cheers, good luck and keep well - Big Pete NSW Boy.

BigPeteBx's picture

Gee Tige, I'd love to get into that frame of mind with you, doing the rounds and easing in for the night. Sounds like some good session.
No mention made of the liquids, or is it straight water mate.
Cheers, good luck and keep well - Big Pete NSW Boy.

Taka's picture

NSW to win by 7
First try DCE
Man of the match Damien Cook

Buzz105's picture

Afternoon all, sitting in the office on Origin Day are the hardest. I just want to be in the park throwing the ball around and remember the glory days :)

As a proud Queenslander its a Qld win for me by 8, with Oates scoring first and Munster man of the match

NuL1F3's picture

So it turns out I forgot to put in my tips last week, a real shame as I tipped 3 out of 4 (I wonder how many tipped the Eels against Rabbitohs?) Anyway, GO QUEENSLAND! :D

a's picture

Well I Tipped Eels because Rabbitohs were missing to many players

NuL1F3's picture

I should have checked on that, I was a bit rushed last week but in saying that I haven't really been taking too much notice this season. What an up and down season the Eels are having!

BigPeteBx's picture

Keep at it NuLife - it happened to me here two seasons ago.
Always, always make sure, to be sure, to be sure, that you have hit save.
Even re-enter, go back in to the site and see if your avatar appears, among the selections of tippers already tipped.
Its a good safeguard and here's me a NSW lad giving you some guidance. Good luck with it all mate.
Big Pete NSW Boy

NuL1F3's picture

Thanks heaps Big Pete, I will definitely make sure I take your advice, even if it does come from a New South Welshman :P

Islander's picture

Ok so this is how game 1 has played in my mind.
NSW forwards dominate the maroons up front and the backs get the points on the back of that.
First try scorer josh addo carr
Mam of the match Damien cook
Final score NSW 22 QLD 10.

Islander's picture

BTW is it just me or does Damien cook look like littlefinger from game of thrones.

BigPeteBx's picture

Evenin Islander - not sure about the littlefinger bit, but he certainly isnt humpty dumpty and sure would have a big thumb in being Little Boy Blue. Well he might not be looking after sheep tonight, but instead chasing cane toads.
Cheers Islander and keep well and keep in touch here, with these good peoples.
Big Pete NSW Boy

BigPeteBx's picture

Evenin Islander - not sure about the littlefinger bit, but he certainly isnt humpty dumpty and sure would have a big thumb in being Little Boy Blue. Well he might not be looking after sheep tonight, but instead chasing cane toads.
Cheers Islander and keep well and keep in touch here, with these good peoples.
Big Pete NSW Boy

BigPeteBx's picture

Dont know whats going on here tonight folks.
Thinker must want us to post twice.
System running slow and spools, but posts and you don't see comment you've typed disappear, so to be sure, to be sure - you hit save again.

Cheers all, keep well and enjoy the game, direct from The Devils Cauldron.
Big Pete NSW Boy.

Jack.Starky's picture

NSW to win, QLD have a better 6 and 7, NSW a better 1 and 9, forwards equal, NSW better centres and wingers and a slightly better bench, thats my take on it. 16-6

Dragons-fanboy's picture

Hello everyone, my prediction for origin is:

NSW 28: Try scorers - Tedesco (2), Crichton, Cotric, Addo-Carr
Conversions: Cleary (4/5)
Penalty Goals: Cleary (0/1)

Qld 16: Try scorers - Munster, Gagai, Arrow
Conversions: Ponga (2/3)

MOTM: James Tedesco

Awesome. Looking forward for Game 1, bring it on! Good luck to both teams especially the mighty Blues hehe. Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rocket Ryan's picture

Tiger holic all that pizza and goodwill down the drain for the little New South Wales supporters fresh off the bus

a's picture

Good to see QLD win but I still sadly think NSW will win their next 2 games

The Thinker's picture

Really entertaining game tonight. Mind you, it always is.

Given the number of tries QLD nearly scored, but didn't, it would have been a very painful loss.

Mind you, it always is.

Rocket Ryan's picture

Your a very fickle supporter if you jump off your state so easy a
have some faith we havnt called for women and children to leave the ship just yet.

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