State of Origin 2016 is finally upon us. .
Tomorrow night sees the first match of State of Origin played for 2016, at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Can the Maroons continue Mal Menginga’s legacy, or will the Blues show Game 3 last year was merely a hiccup?
The teams are ready , with the one exception of Cooper Cronk, who’s going to be given until the last minute to prove his fitness. But we all expect him to play, and have both teams line up 1-17
The opening game of the 2016 Origin series brings up many subplots, such as whether the debutants named by the two sides can deliver on one of the biggest rugby league stages in Australia and just how the halves will function.
It will be interesting to see how the Maroons perform under new coach Kevin Walters, having achieved so much under his predecessor, Mal Meninga, but if anything, don’t expect anything to change.
Conversely, it will remain to be seen whether New South Wales can bounce back from their series defeat last year, which proved to be a very disappointing follow-up to their 2014 victory, which was their first series victory for nearly a decade.
While the Blues have made wholesale changes since, and expect a crowd of over 80,000 to be right behind them, it’ll be hard going past Queensland in this one.
What do you think ?
The respective line ups are follws
New South Wales
Matt Moylan, Blake Ferguson, Michael Jennings, Josh Morris, Josh Mansour, James Maloney, Adam Reynolds, Aaron Woods, Robbie Farah, Paul Gallen (c), Boyd Cordner, Josh Jackson, Greg Bird. Interchange: Dylan Walker, James Tamou, David Klemmer, Andrew Fifita. Coach: Laurie Daley
Darius Boyd, Corey Oates, Greg Inglis, Justin O’Neill, Dane Gagai, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Matt Scott, Cameron Smith (c), Nate Myles, Matt Gillett, Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker. Interchange: Michael Morgan, Josh McGuire, Aidan Guerra, Josh Papalii. Coach: Kevin Walters