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2016 State of Origin highlights: Queensland Maroons vs NSW Blues Game 2 scores, result

22nd June, 2016


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Queensland Vs. New South Wales

2016 NRL State of Origin, 23 June, 2016

Suncorp Stadium, QLD
Queensland 26 defeated New South Wales 16
Queensland New South Wales
0/0 FIELD GOAL 0/0
Top scorers:
  • Queensland - Dane Gagai 12pts (3T 0G)
  • New South Wales - James Maloney 6pts (1T 1G)
Important moments:
  • Queensland took the lead at the 32 min. mark 1st half
  • Johnathan Thurston (QLD) scored at the 73 min. mark 2nd half
Referee: Sutton, G
Touch judges: Suttor, B & Beashel, N
Kick off: around 8:17pm (AEST)
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
TV: Live, Nine Network
Betting: Maroons $1.53, Blues $2.63
Overall Record: Played 106, Maroons 57, Blues 47, Drawn 2
Game 1: New South Wales Blues 4 defeated by Queensland Maroons 6 at ANZ Stadium
Referees: Gerard Sutton and Ben Cummins

New South Wales Blues
1. Matt Moylan, 2. Blake Ferguson, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Dylan Walker, 5. Josh Mansour, 6. James Maloney, 7. Adam Reynolds, 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Robbie Farah, 10. James Tamou, 11. Greg Bird, 12. Josh Jackson, 13. Paul Gallen
Interchange: 15. Tyson Frizell, 16. David Klemmer, 17. Andrew Fifita, 18. Jack Bird

Queensland Maroons
1. Darius Boyd, 2. Corey Oates, 3. Greg Inglis, 4. Justin O'Neill, 5. Dane Gagai, 6. Johnathan Thurston, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Matthew Scott, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Josh McGuire, 11. Matt Gillett, 12. Sam Thaiday, 13. Corey Parker
Interchange: 14. Michael Morgan, 15. Jacob Lillyman, 16. Aiden Guerra, 17. Josh Papalii
Paul Gallen won't feature in State of Origin Game 2. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)
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Match result:

The Queensland Maroons have claimed Game 2 of State of Origin with an entertaining ten point victory over the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium, winning the series with a game to spare.

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With the win tonight, the Maroons have now won 10 of the last 11 series, further inserting their dominance on the State of Origin series.

Match preview:

Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of Game 2 of the State of Origin series from 8pm (AEST).

The Queensland Maroons are deserved favourites as they aim to wrap up another Origin series against the desperate New South Wales Blues.

The Maroons took Game 1 at ANZ Stadium. While their defence was seriously tested, the Queenslanders stayed in the fight to claim a 6-4 victory.

The action now moves to Suncorp Stadium, where we typically get a much faster, more aggressive game, with more points on offer, which should suit the Queenslanders.


The chances of rain for the match are roughly the same as the odds of the Newcastle Knights winning the premiership, meaning creativity will be vital.

On that front, the Maroons have the better of it.

The trend in Origin is that the Blues are in the fight if it is a close, low-scoring game. Once points start piling up, the Blues struggle to keep up with the likes of Cooper Cronk, Johnathan Thurston and Cameron Smith.

If the Blues are to stay competitive, it will come down to James Maloney and Adam Reynolds, who were both below where they needed to be in Game 1.

Of note for the Maroons is that Nate Myles will miss the match with injury. Myles gets through a lot of work, so it will be interesting to see how Josh McGuire and Jacob Lillyman cover his loss.

NSW’s most controversial man, Dylan Walker, is also into the starting team, with Jack Bird added to the bench following the injury to Josh Morris. Boyd Cordner – who was one of the Blues’ best in Game 1 – is also out, with Tyson Frizell on the bench and Greg Bird into the starting team.

The question seems to be not who, but by how many? The Maroons won’t be beaten at home.

Maroons to wrap up the series by 14.


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