Queensland Maroons shocked the New South Wales Blues in Game 1 and can wrap up series victory in Game 2 of the 2020 State of Origin Series takes place at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Wednesday November 11.
The Maroons recorded an unexpected come-from-behind 18-14 win in Adelaide, and Queensland can seal the series with another upset.
NSW Blues Form
Following two consecutive series wins in 2018 and 2019 and facing a Maroons squad decimated by injuries, the Blues entered the series as dominant favourites. But they find themselves up against it after being defeated by a brave Maroons side last week.
Entering halftime leading 10-0, the Blues never recovered from losing captain Boyd Cordner and Cameron Murray to injury as the Maroons sealed an unlikely come-from-behind victory.
NSW Blues Team News
Cordner is set to miss Game 2 due to concussion and will be replaced in the second-row by Angus Crichton. Cody Walker starts at five-eighth at the expense of Luke Keary, who has been dropped.
Payne Hass also moves into the starting side at prop for Junior Paulo, who drops to the bench where he will be joined by Dale Finucane, Isaah Yeo and Nathan Brown.
The Blues team for Wednesday can be found below:
1. James Tedesco (c) 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Clint Gutherson 4. Jack Wighton 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cody Walker 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Daniel Saifiti 9. Damien Cook 10. Payne Haas 11. Angus Crichton 12. Tyson Frizell 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Dale Finucane 15. Junior Paulo 16. Nathan Brown 17. Isaah Yeo
QLD Maroons Form
The Maroons recorded one of the most famous victories in the 40 years of Origin, as master coach Wayne Bennett inspired the comeback win in Adelaide.
Despite trailing at halftime, the Maroons played an exciting brand of football from the outset. They broke down the Blues defence and successfully targeted inexperience centres Jack Wighton and Clint Gutherson.
QLD Maroons Team News
Valentine Holmes will make his Origin comeback at fullback for the injured AJ Brimson, while Dunamis Lui will make his debut at prop for the injured Christain Welch (concussion).
Jaydn Su'a moves to the starting side in the second-row at the expense of Coen Hess after impressing in Game 1. Titans prop Moeaki Fotuaika is set to make his debut on the bench.
The Maroons team list for Wednesday can be found below:
1. Valentine Holmes 2. Xavier Coates 3. Kurt Capewell 4. Dane Gagai 5. Phillip Sami 6. Cameron Munster 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Dunamis Lui 9. Jake Friend 10. Josh Papalii 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Tino Faasuamaleaui 14. Ben Hunt 15. Lindsay Collins 16. Jai Arrow 17. Moeaki Fotuaika
Blues vs Maroons Head To Head
The Maroons boast a narrow lead over the Blues in head-to-head matches, winning 63 of 118 games with two draws. The most recent of those wins was the 18-14 success last week.
Blues vs Maroons Betting Odds
The Blues are 1.35 short priced favourites to defeat the Maroons at 3.25, with the line set at -7.5 for the Blues (1.90) and +7.5 for the Maroons (1.90). You can get a line of +8 points from bookmakers, including bet365
Blues vs Maroons Match Up
Daly Cherry-Evans stamped his authority arguably rugby league's best halfback with an outstanding performance in Game 1 as up-and-coming Penrith Panthers star Nathan Cleary failed to take control of the game.
After his side lead at 10-0, Cleary failed to ice the game. Although defensive lapses by his centres weren't his fault, the Blues had ample opportunity to bury the Maroons.
Cleary had one of the most dominant seasons by a halfback in 2020, but he has failed to translate that form into the NRL Grand Final and now the Origin thus far.
Blues vs Maroons Key Stats
- The Maroons have won 63 of 118 matches over the Blues.
- Five of the last 6 matches have been separated by either 4 or 6 points.
- The Blues haven't lost a game in Sydney since 2017.