2015 City vs Country Preview

We take a break from the NRL Telstra Premiership this week in favour of some exciting representative Rugby League showdowns including the annual AAMI City vs Country clash, held this year at McDonalds Park in Wagga Wagga.

NSW City v NSW Country

  • McDonalds Park, Wagga Wagga
  • Sunday 03/05/2015
  • 4pm (AEST)

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An always highly-anticipated clash, the City v Country feature is really just a fight for NSW Blues’ Origin jerseys and it is no different in 2015 especially when it comes to the shoot-out for the No. 6.

This year it’s a battle played between the Bulldogs Josh Reynolds (City) and Sydney Roosters James Maloney (Country).

This classic showdown out bush is always close margin-wise and with Origin Game 1 fast approaching on May 27, there are some serious decisions for the selectors to make, some of which will be based on what goes down in Wagga Wagga on Sunday arvo.

City dominate the Rugby League betting markets on this one at Ladbrokes paying $1.80 for the win with the Country bumpkins at $2, the close odds harking back to the tense 26-all draw in this fixture 12 months ago.

But will the speedy City slickers salute or will the boys from the bush prove too tough?

Why City Can Win

  • Plenty of speed in this side coming from the likes of James Roberts, James Tedesco and Matt Moylan
  • Using some Panthers-proven combos with five from Penrith in the line-up including Waqa Blake and Tyrone Peachey
  • Props Andrew Fifita and David Klemmer are welcomed back
  • Country are missing both Mitchell Pearce and Trent Hodkinson who are being rested ahead of Origin
  • Proved they could fight back from a deficit with three tries in the final five minutes to tie the score last year, but this is a pretty different squad
  • History is (narrowly) in their favour: Played (25), Country (10), City (13), Drawn (2)
  • Last time they played at Wagga Wagga (2002) City won 26 – 16

City Team: 1. Matt Moylan, 2. James Tedesco, 3. James Roberts, 4. Waqa Blake, 5. Daniel Tupou, 6. Josh Reynolds, 7. Blake Austin, 8. Andrew Fifita, 9. Nathan Peats, 10. David Klemmer, 11. Curtis Sironen, 12. Wade Graham (c), 13. Tyrone Peachey. Interchange: 14. Joseph Paulo, 15. Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 16. Kane Evans, 17. Jason Clark. 18th Man: Bryce Cartwright. Coach: Brad Fittler.

Why Country Can Win

  • City are missing injured Rabbitohs’ duo Luke Keary (foot) and Dylan Walker (knee)
  • Have the Test / rep footy experience a young City squad is lacking this year with eight debutants for Fittler’s side
  • Forward pack is imposing with Tyson Frizell, Kade Snowden and Joel Thompson form players in the NRL so far this season
  • Only three debutants to line-up
  • Eight of the same played in the side last year
  • Dragons’ combo of Frizell and Joel Thompson will work well
  • Maloney in the No. 6 looking to prove his position as skipper

Country Team: 1. David Mead, 2. Akuilla Uate, 3. Jarrod Croker, 4. Jack Wighton, 5. James Mcmanus, 6. James Maloney (c), 7. Jarrod Mullen, 8. Dale Finucane, 9. Ryan Hinchcliffe, 10. Kade Snowden, 11. Joel Thompson, 12. Tyson Fizell, 13. Josh Jackson. Interchange: 14. Jackson Bird, 15. Paul Vaughan, 16. Tariq Sims, 17. Ryan James. Coach: Trent Barrett.

City v Country Best Bet: With any advantage a good one take $4 at Ladbrokes.com.au for there to be a 40/20 Kick!

City v Country Rep Footy Odds

Country $2

City $1.80

Winning Margin

  • Country 1 – 12 $3.60
  • Country 13+ $4.10
  • City 1 – 12 $3.30
  • City 13+ $3.60
  • Draw $17

First Try Scorer

  • Akuila Uate (Country) $10
  • Daniel Tupou (City) $10
  • James Tedesco (City) $10
  • James Roberts (City) $11
  • James McManus (Country) $11)

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*All odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change