2022-06-07 23:26:00

It’s that time of the year again when hope exists and patriotism runs large.

It’s Origin, State of Origin: New South Wales vs Queensland.

Here is everything you need to know about the Origin opener in Sydney as Brad Fittler’s Blues chase their fourth series win from five attempts.

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OPTIMISM

Blues: Fittler’s Blues have continuity in spades. While the Blues have picked a club halves combination in the past, Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai are the reigning premiership winning halves too and the former is the best playmaker in the comp. It’s not just there either, with Brian To’o and Isaah Yeo in the run-on side too. That helps because the Blues aren’t trying to establish combinations over the first week of training. In Payne Haas and Junior Paulo too, the Blues have a massive front-row which will be looking to dominate the Maroons’ pack.

Maroons: Individually, the Maroons have excitement across the park. From Kalyn Ponga to Cameron Munster to the tried and tested Daly Cherry-Evans. Harry Grant could provide an injection of spark from the bench too.

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PESSIMISM

Blues: The absence of the Trbojevic brothers is not yet known. Jake is one of the most well liked men in the NRL. He’s the “ultimate teammate”, according to Michael Ennis. His brother’s injury perhaps influenced Jake’s axing. But in a match where mateship and doing everything for your teammate — and state — is everything, the absence of the Trbojevics will be interesting.

Maroons: There’s the old saying: A champion team or a team of champions. The Maroons on paper are special, particularly in the backline, but can they come together? In 2021 the Maroons’ attack was poor. They were one out and their plays rarely came off. Only winger Xavier Coates and five-eighth Cameron Munster play together in the NRL and that could be a factor when compared to the Blues, who have multiple players from the Panthers lining up against one another. Making matters worse, the Maroons had the home ground advantage on all three occasions last year due to Covid-19. Go figure.

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MATCH DETAILS:

New South Wales vs Queensland – State of Origin I, 2022

Date: Wednesday, 8th June

Time: 8:10pm

Venue: Sydney’s Accor Stadium at Olympic Park

2021 STATE OF ORIGIN RESULTS

Origin I: NSW 50 d QLD 6

Origin II: NSW 26 d QLD 0

Origin III: QLD 20 d NSW 18

Series result: NSW 2-1

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TEAMS FOR ORIGIN I

**Final teams will be confirmed one hour before kick-off

Blues: 1. James Tedesco 2. Brian To’o 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Jack Wighton 5. Daniel Tupou 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Payne Haas 9. Damien Cook 10. Junior Paulo 11. Cameron Murray 12. Tariq Sims 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Stephen Crichton 15. Liam Martin 16. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 17. Ryan Matterson 18. Nicho Hynes 19. Tyson Frizell 20. Jacob Saifiti 21. Joseph Suaalii 22. Apisai Koroisau

Coach: Brad Fittler

Maroons: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Selwyn Cobbo 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Dane Gagai 5. Xavier Coates 6. Cameron Munster 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 9. Ben Hunt 10. Josh Papalii’i 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Felise Kaufusi 13. Reuben Cotter 14. Harry Grant 15. Lindsay Collins 16. Patrick Carrigan 17. Jeremiah Nanai 18. Thomas Dearden 19. Jai Arrow 20. Thomas Flegler 21. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 22. Murray Taulagi

Coach: Billy Slater

SELECTION SNUBS:

Blues: Jake Trbojevic and Josh Addo-Carr

Maroons: Corey Oates, Moeaki Fotuaika

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WHO IS INJURED:

Blues: Tom Trbojevic, Latrell Mitchell

Maroons: David Fifita, Christian Welch, Jaydn Su’A, Kyle Feldt

ODDS (TAB): Blues $1.57, Maroons $2.45

WEATHER FORECAST: It’s forecast to be a clear but cold night in Sydney, with temperatures forecast to drop to 8 degrees Celsius by kickoff time. It’s another windy day in Sydney which could make for some testing conditions under the high ball, and for goalkickers

ORIGIN I MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Ashley Klein

Touch Judge: Phil Henderson

Touch Judge: Dave Munro

Senior Review Official: Grant Atkins

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WHAT THEY SAID

Brad Fittler on Kotoni Staggs: “I think Kotoni brings a fair bit of X-factor,” Fittler said on Tuesday. “I know they (Trbojevic and Mitchell) stood out last year, but there were a lot of people doing good stuff around them. “When Kotoni busts the line, something normally happens. He has that little bit of speed not everyone has got, which is one of the real reasons we picked him. There are points in us.”

Matty Johns on Billy Slater: The game needs a fresh approach.

There are too many coaches just copying what the Melbourne Storm and Penrith Panthers are doing.

A coach gets sacked and the next day he’s in line to get another job.

I believe that at the end of the series, Slater will be one of the most sought after coaches in rugby league, and I expect him to succeed Craig Bellamy at Melbourne.

Matty Johns on Cleary v Cobbo: Nathan Cleary’s kicking is a huge strength of New South Wales. Nathan puts the ball exactly where he intends, and no doubt he’ll look to put rookie Selwyn Cobbo under maximum pressure.

It’s a great battle, because even though Selwyn’s career is in its infancy he’s already shown how damaging he can be on kick returns and broken play.

In the very near future he’ll be the most damaging kick returner in rugby league.

Cleary will look to nullify Cobbo’s early tackle impact by putting high kicks to him and not giving him any time to get into second gear.

This match-up is one of the most crucial.

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Daly Cherry-Evans said on Billy Slater: “I can already see similarities between the way he played and how he will coach. “He is so well prepared and he is super competitive, you can tell he has that desire for us to play well for each other and the Queensland people.

“We have had a fair few conversations over the last month and he has given me some tips on my game to be at my best for Origin.

“That shows how committed he is to get the best out of us for Game One. Billy is the right man for the Queensland job.”

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