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State of Origin Game 2 Predictions & Tips - Blues tipped to repeat dominant victory

  • State of Origin Game 2 predictions for Sunday's match
  • The match is being played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane (10.50am BST)
  • New South Wales lead the three-match series 1-0
  • The Blues won the opening game 50-6 and are tipped to seal the series
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Queensland vs New South Wales Predictions


NSW Blues won by 44 points in the opening game and it is going to take some turnaround from the Maroons to level things up.

Queensland simply aren't up to it. Another one-sided game is predicted with the Blues sealing the series.

  • Queensland Maroons hold a 63-55 head to head advantage over New South Wales.
  • New South Wales won Game 1 of the series 50-6 in Townsville.
  • The New South Wales win was the second-biggest winning margin in Origin history.
  • New South Wales have won 7 of the last 10 Game 2 matches.

Head to Head


The Maroons boast a narrow lead over the Blues in head-to-head matches, winning 63 of 120 games with two draws.

Last year's series went down to the wire with Queensland winning 2-1 after a 20-14 victory in Game 3.

But New South Wales made amends in Game 1 of this year's series, winning 50-6 in Townsville in a dominant performance.

Queensland Form


Paul Green had the worst possible start to his reign at Queensland Maroons coach as his side were played off the park in Game 1.

The Maroons were 20-0 down in Townsville before Kurt Capewell got the solitary Queensland try late in the opening half.

Queensland were kept scoreless in the second period of a night to forget. They will need to find some inspiration to save the series. 

Queensland Team News


The Maroons are taking a gamble on 18-year-old New Zealand Warriors full-back Reece Walsh in a number of changes from Game 1.

Walsh has been handed a call-up by coach Paul Green and he will become the youngest Origin debutant since 1995.

North Queensland Cowboys front rower Francis Molo will also make his Origin debut after being named on the Queensland bench. 

Andrew McCullough, Josh Papalii, who was suspended for the series opener, and Ben Hunt have all been named to add experience to the Queensland side. 

Harry Grant (hamstring) and fullback AJ Brimson (knee) are both unavailable, while Xavier Coates, Joe Ofahengaue and Jaydn Su’A have been left out from the squad that played in the first game.

Queensland Team List


1. Reece Walsh, 2. Valentine Holmes, 3. Kurt Capewell, 4. Dane Gagai, 5. Kyle Feldt, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans, 8. Christian Welch, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Josh Papalii, 11. Jai Arrow, 12. Felise Kaufusi, 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, 14. Ben Hunt, 15. Moeaki Fotuaika, 16. David Fifita, 17. Francis Molo, 18. Coen Hess, 19. Ronaldo Mulitalo

New South Wales Form


Brad Fittler's New South Wales made up for the disappointment of 2020 by recording their biggest ever Origin victory in Game 1.

Already strong favourites, the Blues produced one of the most dominant performances as they won 50-6 on the road in Townsville.

Tom Trbojevic got three tries, Brian To'o and Latrell Mitchell both crossed the line twice and Daniel Saifiti got his name on hte scoresheet for the Blues.

New South Wales Team News


New South Wales are without Jake Trbojevic from the Game 1 winning side after he was ruled out through injury. 

But the Blues bring in Sydney Roosters forward Angus Crichton following suspension and he is named on the interchange.

Junior Paulo has moved into the starting line-up in place of the absent Trbojevic.

South Sydney Rabbitohs centre Campbell Graham and Melbourne Storm lock Dale Finucane are the two other call-ups for NSW with both listed among the reserves.

New South Wales Team List


1. James Tedesco, 2. Brian To'o, 3. Latrell Mitchell, 4. Tom Trbojevic, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Jarome Luai, 7. Nathan Cleary, 8. Daniel Saifiti, 9. Damien Cook,10. Junior Paulo, 11. Cameron Murray, 12. Tariq Sims, 13. Isaah Yeo, 14. Jack Wighton,15. Angus Crichton, 16. Payne Haas, 17. Liam Martin, 18. Apisai Koroisau, 19. Campbell Graham, 20. Dale Finucane

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Verdict

NSW annihilated Queensland in the opening game. Not even the prospect of playing in the Maroons' backyard in Brisbane will change things.

The Blues are tipped for another wide-margin win to regain the Origin shield.

Best Bet: NSW by 13+ Winning Margin @-133.33 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: NSW -20.5 Alternative Handicap @150.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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