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The NSW Blues have comprehensively thrashed the Queensland Maroons in Game 1 of the 2021 State of Origin series, winning 50-6 in Townsville.
NSW Blues 50
Queensland Maroons 6
State of Origin gets underway for 2021 with Game 1 between the Queensland Maroons and New South Wales Blues at Townville’s Queensland Country Bank Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 8.10pm (AEST).
As is often the case, the class New South Wales possesses across the park has them instilled as firm favourites for the first of the three-game State of Origin series. We have seen and heard this scenario unfold many, many times before, with Queensland’s backs against the wall spirit put up against the supposed superiority of the Blues.
Often, the apple cart is overturned, as it was in 2020 when Queensland secured what was, for many, a surprising series win. Tonight, New South Wales will be out to ensure that such a shock does not occur in the opening fixture of this instalment.
There is skill across both sides, yet with underdone and unavailable Maroons concerning many north of the border, the weight of money invested on the game does appear to be heading in the Blues’ direction.
Defeating a team with names like James Tedesco, Latrell Mitchell, Tom and Jake Trbojevic, Josh Addo-Carr, Nathan Cleary, Damien Cook and Cameron Murray may well appear a bridge too far.
However, Cameron Munster and Daly Cherry-Evans will attempt to take the reins of what looks a committed yet lesser side in terms of potency and deliver another in a long line of stunning upsets for the passionate Queenslanders.
The explosive and youthful Queensland pack could well be the dark horse in this one, with its sheer size and power potentially the key to a Maroon victory.
COVID-19 has thrown the most Queensland-friendly spanner into the works by impacting Victoria’s ability to host the opening match of the State of Origin series. Thus, Townsville will greet the Maroons and Blues tonight, with the nation set to see the most modern stadium in the land play host to one of the most intense and fiercest rivalries in Australian sport.
The Maroons will win this match off the back of a midfield dominance achieved in the forwards, with Tariq Sims, Isaah Yeo, Liam Martin and Junior Paulo proving a little out of their depth on the Origin stage.
Queensland 26 New South Wales 14
Join The Roar from 8:10pm (AEST) for live State of Origin scores from Game 1 between the Queensland Maroons and New South Wales Blues.
Kick-off: 8:10pm (AEST)
Venue: Queensland Country Bank Stadium
TV: Nine Network
Betting: Queensland $2.54 New South Wales $1.50
5. Valentine Holmes, 2. Xavier Coates, 3. Kurt Capewell, 4. Dane Gagai, 18. Kyle Feldt, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans, 8. Christian Welch, 9. Harry Grant, 10. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, 11. Felise Kaufusi, 12. David Fifita, 13. Jai Arrow
Bench: 14. AJ Brimson, 15. Jaydn Su’A, 16. Moeaki Fotuaika, 17. Joe Ofahengaue
Reserves: 20. Coen Hess, 21. Ben Hunt
1. James Tedesco, 2. Brian To’o, 3. Latrell Mitchell, 4. Tom Trbojevic, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Jarome Luai, 7. Nathan Cleary, 8. Daniel Saifiti, 9. Damien Cook, 10. Jake Trbojevic, 11. Cameron Murray, 12. Tariq Sims, 13. Isaah Yeo
Bench: 14. Jack Wighton, 15. Junior Paulo, 16. Payne Haas, 17. Liam Martin
Reserves: 18. Api Koroisau, 19. Campbell Graham