The pinnacle of Rugby League, and perhaps Australian sport, is the State Of Origin Series. Played with passion, intensity, brutality and pride, this marks the thirty-seventh ‘state verse state’ meeting between the QLD Maroons and NSW Blues.
New South Wales will look to reclaim pride and redemption after coming close last year, but Queensland are surely confident after their victory in last year’s series, and your prime time NRL viewing need not end when it‘s over, with Super Saturday and Sunday Footy available to enjoy using live streaming with a mobile device.
New South Wales vs Queensland Preview
The Origin concept began in 1980 as a one off game, a match which some would say would be an abject, including legendary player/coach Bob Fulton. Fast forward to 2018 and it is the best sporting series in Australia and is just about known worldwide. It generates close to $100 Million annually for the NRL and is must view TV. The Maroons have won eleven of the past twelve, including the last three series’. They took it again in 2017 by controlling the decider, and are expected to repeat the dose this year.
The NSW side will focus heavily on youth and fresh blood. New head coach Brad Fittler has an eye towards the future along with immediate success, so he’ll have some experience to help with the rookies, the rookies namely from the St George Illawarra Dragons, who have had an unbelievable start to the 2018 NRL Premiership, led by Jack De Belin, who has been on the radar for Origin for a couple of years but finally gets a crack.
NSW Blues v QLD Maroons Live TV Times
When: Wednesday, 11 July
Where: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Live TV: Channel 9 with kick-off at 8:00pm
All events shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. State of Origin replay times exclusive to Foxtel with the first airing the 12th of July at 7.00pm on the Fox League channel.
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The Maroons are a champion team and will go down as one of the greatest sporting sides in Australian history. Their run from 2006 has been quite remarkable, winning eleven of the last twelve series’, with the lone defeat coming in 2014. They are a side big on loyalty to success, though to some extent that failed in the opening game of last year’s Series, so it’ll be interesting to see what coach Kevin Walters does with his side and if he indeed brings in a debutant or two.
Maroons Players To Watch
The two players to clearly watch are Billy Slater of the Melbourne Storm and Kalyn Ponga of the North Qld Cowboys. Billy Slater will go down as the greatest fullback this game has ever seen and will wear the number one jersey for the Series, but if you were picking on 2018 form, Ponga gets the jersey. His form this season has been remarkable for the Newcastle Knights and a big factor to them being in contention for the Finals. He will be the Queensland fullback once Slater retires, but even off the bench, he can cause some serious damage with his agility, silky ball movement and unbelievable footwork.
New South Wales Preview
It’s now or never for the Blues. The Maroons, in terms of their all-time greats, are closer to the end of their career than the beginning and there is a real chance for New South Wales to build something special. The talent is there to cause some serious damage, as we saw in the first game and a half of last year’s Series, but they didn’t land the killer blow before being awful in the decider. This is their chance and they have to take it immediately against a relatively unknown Queensland unit.
Blues Players To Watch
It’s hard not to be impressed by Penrith halfback Nathan Cleary. He has been outstanding during his short career for the Panthers and at the start of the year was tipped to wear the blues number seven jersey, but an injury forced him out of the game for two months. He has come back and his recent efforts for Penrith have been first class. His composure, running game and kicking game are vital. If it becomes a grind, James Tedesco of the Sydney Roosters is the man. From fullback, his speed is electric and with clear air and some open room, he can cause some serious damage.
So whether watching the State of Origin on Free to Air, or streaming the delayed version on Fox Sports Australia because of other commitments, this match is must see TV.