We are now a week away from the second 2015 Holden State Of Origin match that could just be the decider in Melbourne and this week in anticipation of the Mate vs Mate, State vs State clash both teams have been announced.
Queensland are the $1.60 favourites to win State of Origin Game 2 through Ladbrokes.com.au
State Of Origin Game 2 plays out between time-honoured rivals the New South Wales Blues and Queensland Maroons and takes place at the non-traditional venue of the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Victoria.
The event, which could decide if Queensland get back the shield they held for eight straight years before New South Wales’s shock series win in 2014 or if the Blues go back-to-back for Origin bragging rights, takes place on Wednesday June 17 at 8:00pm (AEST).
The latest State Of Origin Game 2 odds at Ladbrokes.com.au have Queensland as the short-priced $1.60 favourites to beat home the Blues ($2.35) again after a narrow Game 1 victory three weeks ago.
So how do the State Of Origin teams stack up for the second installation?
Queensland XXXX Maroons Team (Game 2)
- Billy Slater
- Darius Boyd
- Greg Inglis
- Justin Hodges
- Will Chambers
- Johnathan Thurston
- Daly Cherry-Evans
- Matt Scott
- Cameron Smith (c)
- Nate Myles
- Aidan Guerra
- Sam Thaiday
- Corey Parker
- Michael Morgan
- Josh McGuire
- Matt Gillett
- Jacob Lillyman
The Mal Meninga-coached Maroons have named an extended squad for next Wednesday night’s important showdown and the big omission from the Game 1 line-up is the injured Cooper Cronk.
Cronk missed two of last year’s games and they lost. He played the opener in 2015 and they won. Cronk did so much work in the first of three this year that he was unlucky not to be named Man of the Match and Queensland are going to have to work hard to fill the gap he leaves behind.
The other headline out of the Queensland Game 2 announcement is the recall of the talented but controversial young Daly Cherry-Evans who reneged on his Titans’ contract to stay with Manly for a crazy amount of money.
Cherry-Evans was in the original Game 1 team but came out with a shoulder injury, the Sea Eagles half-back set to return to Origin duties for the second showdown in place of Cronk who injured his knee when the Storm beat the Warriors last Saturday night.
The rest of the Queensland squad remains as it was from Game 1, including captain Cameron Smith for his 11th go as the Maroons’ skipper, with Meninga happy to reward his pack of experienced veterans with another call-up.
New South Wales VB Blues Team (Game 2)
- Josh Dugan
- Brett Morris
- Michael Jennings
- Josh Morris
- Will Hopoate
- Mitchell Pearce
- Trent Hodkinson
- Aaron Woods
- Robbie Farah
- James Tamou
- Beau Scott
- Ryan Hoffman
- Paul Gallen(c)
- Boyd Cordner (Sydney Roosters)
- Trent Merrin (St George Illawarra Dragons)
- Josh Jackson (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)
- David Klemmer (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)
The Blues need to win next Wednesday night to claw their way back into the series if they are any shot at back-to-back series wins.
There was hardly anything in the opener three weeks ago and in Melbourne on neutral territory it is definitely an even playing field.
The Laurie Daley-coached boys from South of the Tweed are eager to take advantage of Cronk’s absence on the field but are at juicy odds through Ladbrokes.com.au to score the upset here and make Game 3 up at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Wednesday July 8 the series’ decider.
There are two notable changes to the team that narrowly went down in Game 1 including the return of skipper Paul Gallen in the Blues No. 13 jersey.
Gallen’s call-up sees Josh Jackson go to the bench and Andrew Fifita miss out on selection.
Fill-in skipper while Gallen was out, hooker Robbie Farah has been recalled despite injury concerns with his shoulder that many thought would see him miss Game 2 and Michael Ennis return to the game.
Also left out of the squad is Daniel Tupou from the Sydney Roosters whose form in recent weeks at club level has been lackluster at best, test veteran Brett Morris coming in to fill his spot making his 11th appearance in the Origin arena playing in the team with his twin brother Josh Morris.
Josh is in the centres along with Michael Jennings, while Josh Dugan has retained his position of fullback with the No. 1 jersey.
Joining Brett Morris on the other side of the field filling the second winger position is Parramatta’s Will Hopoate again.
Despite Canberra’s playmaker Blake Austin making a big charge for a spot in the Blues’ halves with some tidy work over the past couple of weeks, Daley is sticking with his pairing of Trent Hodkinson and Mitchell Pearce hoping the duo has formed a bit of an on-field bond that returns in points-scored.
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