Blues Look to Level Series

Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au
Jarryd Hayne was one of the Blues best in the series opener. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au
New South Wales  will be looking to keep the 2012 State of Origin series alive by defeating Queensland  in Sydney on Wednesday night, while the Maroons can secure a seventh straight series win if they are victorious.

Panthers pop Tim Grant will debut for the Blues, with skipper Paul Gallen shifted to lock to accommodate his inclusion, while Manly backrower Anthony Watmough has also been recalled. Tony Williams and Jamie Buhrer are the players that drop out of the squad.

Despite initially naming an unchanged squad from the opening game of the series, Queensland has been forced to make one change, with Sam Thaiday ruled out with a shoulder injury. His Broncos teammate Corey Parker takes his place in the seventeen, while Dave Taylor moves off the bench into the run on side.

History – The fierce rivalry between these sides has seen them meet in 94 State of Origin matches since 1980, with Queensland winning 50 and NSW 42 occasions, while two matches have ended in a draw . The Blues won last year’s match at ANZ Stadium 18-8, but had lost four straight matches at the ground prior to that success.

Dangermen – Jarryd Hayne  was one of the Blues best in the opening game in Melbourne three weeks ago and has proven himself to be a match winner on the biggest stage in the past. He is one of several NSW players capable of producing a moment of brilliance that can change the game.

With his controversial try in the opening game of the series, Greg Inglis  became the leading tryscorer in State of Origin history and has now scored thirteen tries in sixteen matches for Queensland. He is in career best form and will keep the Blues defence on their toes.

Prediction – There wasn’t much between these sides in Melbourne but Queensland’s composure and experience was enough to see them over the line. With a parochial local crowd willing them on, the Blues will improve and can just edge it in a tight match. New South Wales 1-12

Click here to bet on State of Origin game two