State of Origin - game two

Game details

Date:: Saturday 26th June 2022

Time: 5.50pm kick-off

Venue: Optus Stadium, Perth

Tickets: still available from Ticketmaster

Predicted Team list - New South Wales Blues*

  1. James Tedesco (c) Sydney Roosters
  2. Brian To'o (Penrith Panthers)
  3. Stephen Crichton (Penrith Panthers)
  4. Matt Burton (Canterbury Bulldogs)
  5. Daniel Tupou (Sydney Roosters)
  6. Jerome Luai (Penrith Panthers)
  7. Nathan Cleary (Penrith Panthers)
  8. Payne Haas (Brisbane Broncos)
  9. Api Koroisau (Penrith Panthers)
  10. Jake Trbojevic (Manly Sea Eagles)
  11. Cameron Murray (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
  12. Liam Martin (Penrith Panthers)
  13. Isaah Yeo (Penrith Panthers)
  14. Damien Cook (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
  15. Junior Paulo (Parramatta Eels)
  16. Siosifa Talakai (Cronulla Sharks)
  17. Angus Crichton (Sydney Roosters)

Team list - Queensland Maroons*

  1. Kalyn Ponga (Newcastle Knights)
  2. Selwyn Cobbo (Brisbane Broncos)
  3. Valentine Holmes (North Queensland Cowboys)
  4. Dane Gagai (Newcastle Knights)
  5. Murray Taulagi (North Queensland Cowboys)
  6. Cameron Munster (Melbourne Storm)
  7. Daly Cherry-Evans (c) (Manly Sea Eagles)
  8. Josh Papalii (Canberra Raiders)
  9. Ben Hunt (St George Illawarra)
  10. Lindsay Collins (Sydney Roosters)
  11. Kurt Capewell (Brisbane Broncos)
  12. Felise Kaufusi (Melbourne Storm)
  13. Tino Fa'asuamaleau (Gold Coast Titans)
  14. Harry Grant (Melbourne Storm)
  15. Jai Arrow (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
  16. Patrick Carrigan (Brisbane Broncos)
  17. Jeremiah Nanai (North Queensland Cowboys)

     

Game preview

Queensland impressed in game one in Sydney, on the back of some next-level performances from a few of their experienced crew (Munster and Holmes in particular), some extraordinary debuts from the 3Cs (Cotter, Carrigan and Cobbo) and an impressive coaching debut at Origin or any other level from Billy Slater. Queensland won the ruck but they weren't doing it all night ref - instead the Queenslanders selectively slowed the ruck down during key moments in the game. It was smart football, and our more intelligent (and generally superior in every way) friends from New South Wales were caught by surprise. Never underestimate the intellect of a person with two heads. NSW coach Brad Fittler was quick to point it out after the game, and fair enough too. He'll want the referee (and it's the same referee) to take more notice of such things in game two, and he wants his team to believe that, if not for the advantage QLD gained in the ruck, NSW would have won the game. Is he right? Perhaps. He may want his team to believe in themselves, but it didn't stop him making mass changes for the clash in Perth. Only one of those changes (Jack Wighton) was forced upon him. Fittler has effectively named Penrith for this. About the only Panthers he didn't bring in were their Kiwi and Polynesian forwards and Edwards at fullback, but he was never going to replace his captain (who, to his credit, tried everything to drag NSW back into the contest in game one). It's not silly, given what Penrith are doing at NRL level, and he will now have Koroisau, Cleary, Luai and Yeo all working together in attack. That can work. It's been working for years at club level. As for Queensland, their only changes were forced upon them, but Queensland have always tried to pick and stick (while NSW drops players faster than a dodgy Tinder date). Arrow comes in for the injured Cotter and Taulagi debuts on a wing (replacing the injured Coates). That Taulagi and Holmes combine at the Cowboys (and have been in red hot form) is a massive tick in my books. Notably, Koroisau and Arrow are returning to Origin after both were guilty of off-field Covid discretions in earlier Origin camps. All is forgiven lads (although perhaps not by your wives). I'm tipping NSW in this - I do like the look of all those Panthers, and they need this more than Queensland do. Queensland will try their guts out because it's a part of their DNA, but NSW need this to keep the series alive. They'll pull their collective fingers out and get it done. That would give us a series decider at Lang Park - not a bad outcome I say.

Verdict: NSW 23 to defeated QLD 16

Player of the match: James Tedesco

*team line-ups are subject to change and will be updated as soon as possible.

Comments

The Thinker's picture

Greetings Origin fans

Feel free to add your thoughts and predictions in the comments.

All the best

The Thinker

Anonymous's picture

QLD are the inform side. Hard to beat at home and away, but hoping for a close one.
NSW 16 QLD 20
First try scorer - Kaufusi
BOG - Holmes

Rocket Ryan's picture

The cockroaches have scrambled for cover the silence is deafening

Taka's picture

NSW 26 - QLD 10
First try scorer : Matt Burton
Man of the match: Cameron Murray

mark ashford's picture

Gotta agree with the rocket man. QLD the in form team.
QLD 20 NSW 16

tigerholic's picture

Mark/Mary/Anonymous

To listen to what Rocket says about Qld being the in form team indicates one thing, the Rocket Man is surely smoking something illegal cause he comes out with some outrageously funny stuff, most of his funny stuff is stolen from someone else.

Just out of interest, can we canvass the tipsters on the site to see who follows who, if you follow Queensland make a comment Queensland, if you follow the Blues, make a comment Blues.

Might be interesting to see how many cockroaches there really are, the one thing about cockroaches is a proven scientific point, they can survive anything.

Tiger

The Thinker's picture

@Tigerholic

It's like the pest control people say - there are always a lot more cockroaches than you think. For every one you see there are at least a dozen hiding in the "dark, filthy crevices of the world" (I assume they are referring to Sydney).

:-)

Gummy Sharks's picture

Live in NSW- always go for Queensland.

Mike Tucker's picture

Queensland.

Rick's picture

Queensland 🏆💪🏻.

Mary S's picture

Queensland!! 😍

The Thinker's picture

@Tigerholic

Here are some stats from the website for you - these are our top twenty cities around the world for people who have visited The Thinker in the last two months. Interestingly (for me at least) I've been discovered in PNG recently. Not sure why, perhaps more people are getting access to the internet. Of course there are people living in Sydney who cheer for QLD and people in Brisbane who cheer for NSW. Almost everyone in PNG would cheer for QLD:

1. Sydney 28,702

2. Brisbane 20,230

3. Port Moresby 6,563

4. Melbourne 3,493

5. Auckland 1,717

6. Gold Coast 1,676

7. Canberra 1,172

8. Perth 1,146

9. Lae (PNG) 1,025

10. Adelaide 869

11. Townsville 712

12. Newcastle 652

13. Sunshine Coast 544

14. Central Coast (NSW) 537

15. Wollongong 472

16. Cairns 468

17. London 448

18. Christchurch 438

19. Toowoomba 324

20. Mackay 246

 

Rocket Ryan's picture

Good old tiger only opens his mouth the change feet be my experience when they're losing not many cockroaches surface they can float to the top if they Jag a win however the decade a dominance was really good Pest Control

tigerholic's picture

Thanks Thinker
Those stats must be a good read from your point of view. Congratulations on a great site that is becoming very popular.

I wonder if we could canvas those that have visited the site and see how many of them rate what Rocket comes up with.

With that many touching base with this site, it is more important for us tipsters to be in early with our tips.

I can't see NSW getting rolled in Perth, we will head to Brisbane all square.

Tiger

tigerholic's picture

Butcher

My old mate and adversary, are you still with us as I haven't heard from you for a while or maybe you just ignore me, is it possible to block certain tipsters??

Tiger

Rocket Ryan's picture

Have you forgotten tiger butcher is the head cleaner in his airport and I imagine his very busy with all the traffic lot of people travelling here and their lot of cleaning to do i'm sure you'll find him on a rooster game trying to tell someone is a pilot

Christine's picture

I might live in Sydney thinker but I go for Queensland In origin hey Tiger Don't you live up there if that us the case then why are you going for nsw ...

Christine's picture

That was if that is the case Tiger why do you go for nsw if you live up there ...

Christine's picture

How about because it is up to you who you give your loyalty too ...

Baggy_Gee's picture

Something to jog the memory? ;P

Christine's picture

Baggy gee
I can't jog the memory too much brain fog from having covid ...

Rocket Ryan's picture

Constantly looking at yourself shouldn't count nor constantly logging into change your tips all the time.

a's picture

That some instering stats there thinker

tigerholic's picture

Thank you Thinker

Some great numbers in those stats, you must be happy to have been found in so many locations.
It's nice to know there a viewers out there waiting to look at what we are tipping, that's why I encourage the tipsters on top to get in early with their tips.

Thanks for the feedback, it's a pleasure to be a part of this site.

Tiger

tigerholic's picture

Rocket
Please explain how you get so many errors in your posts, I know you like to use the voice activation when sending text messages but honestly, some of your posts are like you were on your 15th can of lager when you post it.
I am happy to proof read them for you if that helps, remember we are on an international stage here with the Thinker, maybe those viewing your tips would be much higher if your posts were easier to understand. Are you using some sort of Cane Toad Code?

Well done to all 3 NSW teams who won their matches, last nights women's match was a great spectacle.

Tiger

Christine's picture

Rocket my c owner wasn't directed towards you si why do you feel the need to comment I am not against Tiger we understand each other without interference from you & we get along fine it's origin banter so why get your back up ingo for maroons not nsw even though I live in Sydney that is my choice , you go for whi ever you like but don't loose your sense of humour while your at it ...

Christine's picture

That was rocket my comment wasn't directed towards you so why do you feel the need to comment I am not against Tiger we understand each other without interference from you it is origin banter I go gor maroons even though I live in Sydney that is my choice you go for who ever you like but don't loose your sense of humour while your at it ...

Christine's picture

Thinker to go back to your cockroach comment referring to Sydney I have to say Sydney is actually built on a giant funnel Web nest do you know that it's a true story look it up ...

tigerholic's picture

Evening All
One of the worst days to have to be on night shifts, State of origin. Anyway, that's how the cards fell for this match and I have made some changes to my normal routine to ensure I have the best chance to see the match.

I hope you all enjoy a great spectacle that is not overruled by the ref, can anyone tell me who the ref is?

Tiger- Go The Mighty Blues

Christine's picture

Ashley klein

Christine's picture

Ashley klein

Christine's picture

Was re appointed origin ref tiger

mark ashford's picture

Hi All,
Just arrived back on Bribie after doing a 5000k trip through central Qld up to Cairns and back. Spent around $1000 on diesel (or probably more) worst was $2.50 a litre just north of Rockhampton. Won't be doing that again soon. Just home in time to watch SoO 2.
GO YOU MIGHTY QUEENSLANDERS

EsraStar's picture

Does anyone really know what the six again's are for in any given game?? FFS! I can see any difference from one six again to a normal tackle!

EsraStar's picture

"I cant" is what i meant.

Mary S's picture

Even the commentators are asking what 5 x six again were for!!

tigerholic's picture

Well played NSW, a superb effort with the series on the line. Gee it's good to crawl out from the deep dark crevices and shine as a cockroach.

I did warn you all they are survivors and have an amazing tenacity for life and the sweet taste of victory.

These are the times that make living in Queensland bearable, great victory tonight for which us NSW supporters will certainly enjoy.

Rocket, are you out there mate, you have suddenly dropped off the radar, mate the shops are closed, you won't be able to buy a NSW jumper until about 9 am tomorrow.

Christine- thanks for the info on the referee.
Yabbbaa dabba doo time for all of the Flinstone fans.

Tiger

The Thinker's picture

I'll be polite :-)

Well done NSW. They were very good in game two.

On to Lang Park we go.

All the best

The Thinker



 

Mary S's picture

Congratulations to the Panthers (oh no, that should be NSW team, shouldn't it) for their win last night in SoO 2.
Cheers,
Mary

BigPeteBx's picture

Afternoon Tiger.
I'm not one for a lot of overdone banter in SoO, but I'll give you some support Champ.
The Blues came out in the second half, full of extra reason to go on with it. Take nothing from Qld, but we'll need to keep an extra eye on Munster, as he can pop up anywhere and turn a pass as quick as a light. Can be a cheeky little dude at times. Teddy added extra with his yardage and just impressed to the others to get into it. Jake was back and he pressed forward hard and added the thrust for others to run off. Again Cleary had a big showing and Burtons high torpedo kicks were a sight used to pressure advantage - on most occasions he put the Qld'ers on the defensive. Kaufusi cant argue with his sin-binning, as it was two of them doing the holding down. Just that he got the earlier rest (maybe for holding down the longest) prior to half time. Kline was in a mixed mode, but it was Cameron Smith who said he had a great game in Game 1. So we'll head across to Suncorp for the decider and that should also be a sell-out. So nice to see Optus Stadium in Perth packed. It sure reminds me of elite European Stadiums. Maybe even give it the name of The Coliseum!
Cheers mate & keep well.
Big Pete

BigPeteBx's picture

Afternoon Mary - but they did combine well and shows the morale that Panthers club has.

Interesting game at yours in Round 16. It should be the Sunday afternoon televised match due to Qld player involvement from State of Origin 2.
Gives both teams an extra recovery day - although it is 6 days from yesterday.
Keep well
Big Pete

Steel Panther's picture

Where you been Big Pete? Hardly hearing from you at all these days?

Hope all is well!!!

The Thinker's picture

The 6 agains can break a team ... particularly if there are a run of them. NSW received four in a short period during the first half, plus the sin binning. 

QLD got one 6 again in the entire game, and it was in the 77th minute. 

Maybe NSW werent slowing the ruck down, but their coach did say they would be doing exactly that after game one. 

Anyhoo...I can't change the result and neither can anyone else. 

Onto game three we go. 

mark ashford's picture

My only comment about SoO 2 is that referee assistance can change any game and a send off in origin is rare. Now doubt the blues were the better side in the second half with the assistance of ref Klein.
Bring on game 3 in Suncorp and can we please have the grasshopper back.

The Thinker's picture

I should add that NSW were probably going to win anyway...I just feel like they didn't need a leg up.

BigPeteBx's picture

Howdy Steely - been about and Facebooking as well. Since I opened an account there, the history of the area and q&a's have been flowing thick.
Got a load of sport coming up with The Games and World Cup this year. Also a new UK EPL Comp starting in August. So its a bit full on to get my fixtures ready. But overall mate, managing to stay upright with all those medico's we tend to need to see when we pass that magic 60 number. Plus its bloody freezing up this way. Predicted to be minus4 in the morning here. Hope u r well mate and happy to see The Warriors land back in Shaky Isles to play their season out.
Take care Buddy, keep in touch and keep well.
Big Pete in Bx Country.

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