2020 State of Origin Game 2 – New South Wales vs Queensland Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is New South Wales vs Queensland taking place? Wednesday 11th November, 2020 – 09:10 (UK)

Where is New South Wales vs Queensland taking place? ANZ Stadium, Sydney

What channel is New South Wales vs Queensland on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream New South Wales vs Queensland? Sky Sports subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for New South Wales vs Queensland? Click here for the latest ticket information on the State of Origin series

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Starting 13: Tedesco, Tupou, Gutherson, Wighton, Addo-Carr, Walker, Cleary, Saifiti, Cook, Haas, Crichton, Frizell, Trbojevic – Interchanges: Finucane, Paulo, Brown, Yeo – Reserves: McInnes, Crichton

Unavailable: Boyd Cordner (Injured), Cameron Murray (Injured)

  • New South Wales put in a poor display as they were surprisingly defeated in Game 1 of the 2020 State of Origin series against Queensland and Brad Fittler’s side will have to make big improvements on that underwhelming performance.
  • The Blues had possession on 48 occasions but managed to complete just 36 sets for a 75% completion rate and that number will have to improve having gifted the Maroons some cheap field position on several occasions.
  • Fittler has responded to a disappointing showing from his halves by opting to promote Cody Walker to the run-on side with Luke Keary the man to drop out of the 17 whilst there is a call-up for Dale Finucane as well as debutants Nathan Brown and Isaah Yeo on a new-look bench.

QUEENSLAND

Starting 13: Holmes, Coates, Capewell, Gagai, Sami, Munster, Cherry-Evans, Lui, Friend, Papalii, Kaufusi, Su’A, Fa’asuamaleaui – Interchanges: Hunt, Collins, Arrow, Fotuaika – Reserves: Kerr, E. Lee

Unavailable: AJ Brimson (Injured), Christian Welch (Injured)

  • Queensland were down 10-0 at the break of last week’s game in Adelaide but they responded superbly in the second half to hit back and claim an unlikely victory in a match where they started as the biggest underdogs in State of Origin history.
  • Kurt Capewell produced a solid showing in the unfamiliar centre position and he helped spark the comeback with a line break down the left edge before kicking through for AJ Brimson to dot down which set the wheels in motion for a Maroons victory.
  • Brimson enjoyed a good debut but he has succumbed to injury and will miss the remainder of the series so Valentine Holmes comes into the side at fullback having served a ban while there are debuts for Dunamis Lui and Moeaki Fotuaika with Coen Hess and the injured Christian Welch making way.

THE PREDICTION

New South Wales failed to fire last week and they gifted Queensland numerous chances to capitalise on the back of errors which the Maroons managed to do as they overturned a ten-point half-time deficit to win Game 1. The Blues need a big response and they have opted to shuffle their side with a new halfback pairing whilst the bench is completely different to last week with plenty of aggression to come from the pine. The Maroons were perhaps plucky to come out on top in that clash and they will have to grind it out again if they are to secure the series in Game 2 but on home soil at ANZ Stadium – where the Blues have lost just nine of 28 matches – it would be a surprise if New South Wales failed to right the wrongs of last week which would setup a decider at Suncorp Stadium next week.

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