QLD Maroons Team Line-up
The teams for the 2013 State Of Origin have been announced and based on the players selected both sides will enter with confidence and rightly so.
Here at NRLodds.com we'll be comparing each team's player list to help rate their strengths, spot any potential weakness, and analyze the crucial in game match-ups on each side of the field.
The Queensland Maroons boast 16 players returning from the side that won last year, and as such they are still favoured to win the series in spite of their first game showing.
Leading the charge for the Queensland Maroons is the 'spine': Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith. Every great side needs a star fullback, halfback and hooker. Thankfully for the Maroons, they have the best players in those three positions, and it's been a major reason why Queensland have had such dominance over the Blues.
|Player||Position (Jersey Number)||NRL Club|
|Billy Slater||Fullback (1)||Melbourne Storm|
|Darius Boyd||Wing (2)||Newcastle Knights|
|Greg Inglis||Centre (3)||South Sydney Rabbitohs|
|Justin Hodges||Centre (4)||Brisbane Broncos|
|Brent Tate||Wing (5)||North Queensland Cowboys|
|Jonathon Thurston||Five-Eighth (6)||North Queensland Cowboys|
|Cooper Cronk||Halfback (7)||Melbourne Storm|
|Matt Scott||Prop (8)||North Queensland Cowboys|
|Cameron Smith (Captain)||Hooker (9)||Melbourne Storm|
|Nate Myles||Prop (10)||Gold Coast Titans|
|Chris McQueen||Second Row (11)||South Sydney Rabbitoha|
|Sam Thaiday||Second Row (12)||Brisbane Broncos|
|Corey Parker||Lock (13)||Brisbane Broncos|
|Daly Cherry-Evans||Interchange (14)||Manly Sea Eagles|
|Ben Te'o||Interchange (15)||South Sydney Rabbitohs|
|Matt Gillett||Interchange (16)||Brisbane Broncos|
|Josh Papalii||Interchange (17)||Canberra Raiders|
Here you can compare live Queensland State Of Origin Odds across the leading bookmakers, complete with first-score, winning margin, half-time and other exciting betting markets. Where there's value to be found, with the Maroons confident of ending the Blues one game win-streak.
The following players were big contributors last year, and will need to rise up again in 2013 to give the Maroons their remarkable eighth consecutive Origin series victory:
Greg Inglis is in absolute stellar form for the Bunnies so far in 2013, and is the likely winner of the Dally M Medal, but his influence last year in the deciding game of the Origin series was enormous given that Billy Slater was out due to injury. He is back in the Centres in 2013, but he can be just as damaging, perhaps even more.
Sam Thaiday was probably out of form for the first few weeks of the season, but has really picked up, probably since the Anzac Test Match against the Kiwis, and has played some great football for the Broncos. His ball running, and hard hitting style will be pivotal for the Maroons. If he is on song, it will allow the likes of Slater and Cronk to produce their normal champagne football.
There are two new faces to the Maroons team, Daly Cherry-Evans and Josh Papalii. DCE is one of the best halves in the game for Manly, but people do seem to forget that he is a strongly built man who can play a few positions, while Papalii is one of the most damaging ball runners and defensive players in the competition.
The Key match-up on the Maroons side will be Jonathon Thurston against James Maloney. In hindsight, JT probably should not have played in Sydney because he was injured and the fact that his wife was expecting their first child and that she could have gone to labour at any moment, so he had his mind on other things. The bub is fine and well, his injury has healed, and he has a score to settle, because he was completely outplayed by his NSW rival in Game l.
Game One Result:
Game One saw the Blues start the 2013 series on the right with a determined 14-6 win over the Maroons. After leading 14-0 at half time, the Blues showed wonderful courage to cling on and hold on the champions, led by Luke Lewis and Greg Bird, along with Jarryd Hayne, who played one of his best Origin games ever.
Game Two Result:
In what was one of the more calculated, brutal and devastating performances since the start of the Queensland dominance in 2006, the Maroons forced the 2013 series into a decider with a thumping 26-6 win over the Blues. Leading in the forward back was Corey Parker, with 16 tackles, 17 hit ups and plenty of offloads.