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Queensland vs New South Wales: Women's State of Origin Game 1 live scores, blog

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16th May, 2024
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It’s been too long coming, but finally we have a best of three Women’s State of Origin series. It all starts tonight when Queensland take on NSW at Suncorp Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:45pm (AEST).

Maroons coach Tahnee Norris has stuck solid to the players that held on to win last year’s series, with 16 players who took the field during the two-match tie against New South Wales included in the squad. Cowboys forward Makenzie Weale and Titans star Lauren Brown are the new faces around the team.

Kezie Apps and Isabelle Kelly will lead a new-look New South Wales outfit that boasts a new halves pairing in Corban Baxter and Rachel Pearson. Among the other fresh faces are hooker Olivia Higgins and bench forward Grace Kemp, while star prop Caitlan Johnston returns to the side.

Prediction

With next to no footy in the lead-up, we are likely to see a few early season errors in this one. In these types of games, individual brilliance can win and Queensland fullback Tamika Upton can fill that brief.

I’m tipping the Maroons in a close one.

Queensland by 4

Game information

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Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Kick-off: 7:45pm (AEST)
TV: Channel Nine
Streaming: 9Now
Betting: Queensland $1.60, NSW $2.35 – odds via PlayUp

Teams

Queensland

1. Tamika Upton 2. Julia Robinson 3. Shenae Ciesiolka 4. Evania Pelite 5. Emily Bass 6. Tarryn Aiken 7. Zahara Temara 8. Shannon Mato 9. Destiny Brill 10. Jessika Elliston 11. Tazmin Rapana 12. Romy Teitzel 13. Ali Brigginshaw (c)

Interchange/Reserves: 14. Emma Manzelmann 15. Keilee Joseph 16. Sophie Holyman 17. Lauren Brown 18. Sienna Lofipo 19. Skyla Adams 20. Makenzie Weale

NSW

1. Emma Tonegato 2. Jaime Chapman 3. Jessica Sergis 4. Isabelle Kelly (c) 5. Tiana Penitani 6. Corban Baxter 7. Rachael Pearson 8. Millie Elliott 9. Olivia Higgins 10. Caitlan Johnston 11. Kezie Apps 12. Yasmin Clydsdale 13. Keeley Davis

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Interchange/Reserves: 14. Taliah Fuimaono 15. Olivia Kernick 16. Grace Kemp 17. Sarah Togatuki 18. Jakiya Whitfeld 19. Kirra Dibb 20. Ellie Johnston

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