2010 City v Country Preview

Regional Stadium at Port Macquarie is the home of tonight’s epic City v Country showdown, with the crowd keen for a heated battle and the players sure to give them exactly that.

This year’s match is shaping up to be one of the most wide open selection trials in many years and is so important for so many of the players as it goes a long way in deciding their 2010 Origin hopes.

The Bulldogs Jamal Idris is one player who if he pulls out a big performance tonight could end up an Origin centre, and he will no doubt be one of the real stars for the Country side.

Down the centre is where this game will be won and the showdown between the centres is what many of the fans are looking forward to. Other highlights of the match will include the face-off between city captain Robbie Farah and the Country team’s hooker Michael Ennis.

Aside from the great battle between the hookers here for the No. 9 Blues jersey, another fascinating face-off will be found in the halves. The City halves are both on their representative debuts, Trent Hodkinson and Kris Keating, and they will come up against two legends in veteran Brett Kimmorley and reformed bad-boy Greg Bird.

The Country side also boasts some top-class interchangers who will inject plenty of fire into the game when they jump off the bench including the Roosters Todd Carney and the Cowboys big Willie Mason.

Canberra Raiders boom fullback Josh Dugan, who is rumoured to be joining the Sydney Roosters in 2010, has been named as the Country fullback and is another one fighting for an Origin spot this year. If Dugan manages to impress enough in tonight’s match, he could just be a surprise Blues player.

This will definitely be a passion-fuelled match and a close result in the end, but we like the look of the more experienced Country boys in this one.

Although, at generous odds of $2.60 at the moment through Ladbrokes.com.au, the City side with their fresh injection of new talent and determination to show-up the old boys can look like an attractive bet!

There are many great specials betting markets open on tonight’s City v Country match including the 1st and last team to score, the Exact Winning Margin and the Total Match Tries. To find out the odds on these exciting wagers and to add another level of intensity to the game visit our preferred online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au.

Current Head-to-Head Odds: City $2.60 – Country $1.51 Ladbrokes.com.au

Bailey Ladders City Origin Team 2010:

1. Lachlan Coote (Penrith)

2. Anthony Minichiello (Sydney)

3. Beau Champion (South Sydney)

4. Chris Lawrence (Wests Tigers)

5. Michael Jennings (Penrith)

6. Kris Keating (Parramatta)

7. Trent Hodkinson (Manly)

8. Bryce Gibbs (Wests Tigers)

9. Robbie Farah (c) (Wests Tigers)

10. Keith Galloway (Wests Tigers)

11. Trent Waterhouse (Penrith)

12. Mark Minichiello (Gold Coast)

13. Luke O’Donnell (North Queensland)

Interchange:

14. Tim Mannah (Parramatta)

15. Tim Grant (Penrith)

16. Ryan Hoffman (Melbourne)

17. Joel Reddy (Parramatta)

18th Man:

18. Liam Fulton (Wests Tigers)

VB Gold Country Origin Team 2010:

1. Josh Dugan (Canberra)

2. Michael Robertson (Manly)

3. Jamal Idris (Bulldogs)

4. Timana Tahu (Parramatta)

5. Luke Burt (Parramatta)

6. Greg Bird (Gold Coast)

7. Brett Kimmorley (c) (Bulldogs)

8. Kade Snowden (Cronulla)

9. Michael Ennis (Bulldogs)

10. Brett White (Melbourne)

11. Ben Creagh (St George Illawarra)

12. Glenn Stewart (Manly)

13. Anthony Laffranchi (Gold Coast)

Interchange:

14. Todd Carney (Sydney)

15. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Canberra)

16. Willie Mason (North Queensland)

17. Dean Young (St George Illawarra)

18th Man:

18. Joel Thompson (Raiders)