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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|
|Referee: Sutton, G|
|Touch judges: Suttor, B & Beashel, N|
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.
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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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