2016 State of Origin Game 2 Preview and Tips
State of Origin Game 2 Preview and Tips by Bet For Free
The 2016 State of Origin Series resumes on Wednesday June 22, 2016 as the Queensland Maroons take on the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane in game two.
After a low scoring game one in which only two tries were scored, the QLD Maroons ($1.53) will look to wrap up the series 2-0 over the NSW Blues ($2.55) at home. It will also secure Kevin Walters first series win as a coach after taking over the side this year.
QLD Maroons Team News
The Maroons are on the brink of a 10th series win in the last 11 years. Cooper Cronk came into game one with a badly bruised ankle but played through the game. He then followed up with the Storm’s huge win on the weekend. Young winger Dane Gagai is in doubt with a leg injury. If Gagai is ruled out, Cowboys winger Kyle Feldt will come into the run on side next to his club mate, Justin O’Neill. Ethan Lowe remains as the 18th man should the Maroons need him.
NSW Blues Team News
Inspirational NSW captain Paul Gallen suffered an ankle strain in his teams win over North Queensland last Monday. Knowing Gallen’s toughness he should be a certain starter for the Blues. Cronulla back-rower Wade Graham was initially picked in the NSW side. However he will now miss after being suspended for a grade one careless high tackle charge against the Cowboys on Monday Night football. Tyson Frizell (St George) comes into the side and will start on the interchange bench. While enforcer Greg Bird will start on the left edge in the Blues defence. Jack Bird and Bryce Cartwright are on standby if there is a late out.
Last time they met at Suncorp Stadium
The Maroons crushed the Blues 52-6 in front of 52,500 happy home fans at Suncorp Stadium in game three of the 2015 State of Origin series. Which was the largest winning margin in State of Origin history. The home side scored 8 tries (all individual) to 1 and were awarded 12 penalties to 5. Leading all time scorer in State of Origin, Johnathan Thurston had a successful night goal kicking as he kicked a perfect 9 from 9 goals for a total of 18 points.
Best Value Bet from Luxbet
The Maroons are the hot favourite with Luxbet at the head to head price of $1.53. But the best value bet has to be in the line betting where Queensland are $1.92 at -4.5 points. In Queensland’s last two games at home they have scored a massive total of 84 points and have only conceded 14 points. With injuries and uncertainly at a number of positions, the NSW Blues are against all the odds to keep game two from being a blowout by half-time.
Interesting Stats and Records
- If the Maroons can score 15+ points they will surpass the 1000 point mark as a team at Lang Park from 52 games.
- Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston are both tied with 5 man of match awards (Wally Lewis leads with 8).
- The pair have also combined for 71 State of Origin appearances, the most for a pair of players in SOO history.
- In game two, Thurston will make it 34 consecutive matches played.
First Try Scorer Best Bet
Darius Boyd (16 tries) is currently second behind Greg Inglis (17 tries) for all time tries scored in State of Origin. At $11.50 he offers a valuable price for first try punters. For NSW Blake Ferguson offers the best value at $11.50 having scored 7 club tries for the Sydney Roosters in 2016.