This Wednesday night the Mal Meninga-coached Queensland Maroons will kick off hot favourites to win the opening State Of Origin 2014 clash over the New South Wales Blues in the 100th showdown between the two states.
2014 State Of Origin Game 1
- Where: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD
- When: Wednesday May 28
- Time: 8:05pm (local) kick-off
- Who: Queensland Maroons ($1.42) v New South Wales Blues ($2.90)
Queensland shoot for their history-making ninth straight series win this year with the Blues unable to take home the majority wins since 2005.
It makes sense looking at the State Of Origin odds then to see Queensland heading the Game 1 markets at $1.42 and the overall series markets at $1.53.
New South Wales came out firing last year however beating Queensland 14 – 6 in Game 1 before the Maroons fought back to beat the Blues 26 – 6 in Game 2 and 12 – 10 in the third of the series.
So at $2.90 for Wednesday night, New South Wales might not be such a bad bet.
New South Wales Beat Queensland 26 – 6 in State Of Origin Game 1 last year
They haven’t won Game 1 of a series at Suncorp however since 2003.
Meninga has then rewarded his boys who clinched the series last year naming a nearly identical team.
The only newbie is Sydney Roosters back-rower Aiden Guerra.
Guerra debuts in the Origin arena replacing injured Sam Thaiday who misses his first Origin game since 2008.
Origin Game 1 Debutants
- Aidan Guerra (QLD)
- Trent Hodkinson (NSW)
- Daniel Tupou (NSW)
The rest of the Maroons squad are all well experienced rep footy stars including their backbone that includes star halves combo Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk, skipper Cameron Smith and fellow Melbonite Billy Slater in the position of fullback.
State Of Origin Tip: Thurston to win Man of the Match in Game 1 at $6 through Ladbrokes.com.au
These boys are all number one at what they do and together the Maroons line-up boasts 91 Origin games played.
It is a far different story for the Blues meanwhile who have just one player, compared to 19 for Queensland, eligible for the Dick “Tosser” Turner medal with at least 20 Origin games played.
That player is No. 1 Jarryd Hayne, in fullback after Blues coach Laurie Daley overlooked Josh Dugan.
Origin Games Played
- Queensland 91
- New South Wales 26
Hayne has played 17 of the total 26 Origin matches his side have between them and will be looking to help their new halves combo of Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson match the top kicking game from Queensland.
Reynolds and Hodkinson are sure to be feeling the pressure too as they replace the dropped Roosters duo of James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce who were both punished for the latter’s off-field misbehavior.
It’s an interesting and brave choice by Daley who knows his team doesn’t have the experience or stats in their favour, but are getting desperate to prove themselves even in the face of suspensions and injury pulling apart his likely early team ideas.
Origin Games Won
- Played 99
- Queensland Won 99
- NSW Won 44
- Drawn 2
He’s got an ageing forward pack, six aged 30 or above, including skipper Paul Gallen and hooker Robbie Farah.
Farah was in doubt just a few weeks back with an elbow injury but could now turn out to be one of their biggest threats looking at his dummy-half metres run, 188 more than the next best on the field Wednesday night (Smith).
Whether that will be enough of an advantage playing the likes of 2013 Golden Boot winner Thurston and the game’s best No. 7 Cronk in the Queensland halves though is still iffy.
The Blues really aren’t as disgraced though as Maroons’ supporters will have you believe, and the series opener is always close.
In the past 10 years nine of Origin Game 1s were won by eight points or less so whoever best handles the closing quarter pressure will be your winner.
This stat is also a great one for margin State Of Origin betting, Queensland at $2.70 to win by 1 – 12 points.
That’s just one of the great markets open online at Ladbrokes.com.au who are running hundreds of options for the first game and the overall series including their Foot Freaks markets.
This week it’s Greg Inglis Scores & Queensland Win ($2.60) v Jarryd Hayne Scores & New South Wales Win ($6).
To check out all the State Of Origin 2014 betting options visit Ladbrokes.com.au now and get behind your state in the game that pits mate v mate!