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Can the Blues save the Origin series or will it be sweet revenge for the Maroons?

1. Has to be a question mark in regards to the fitness and condition of NSW trio Paul Gallen, Brett Morris amd Robbie Farah

 

2. NSW won State of Origin last year when Cooper Croonk succumbed to injury – he is missing for Origin II

 

3. Mitchell Pearce just cannot produce the big play when required. Instead of preparing for a field goal in Origin I he went looking for a try. Trent Hodkinson is at fault as well. They also battled to gell in Origin I

 

4. The MCG crowd is bound to be in Queensland’s corner due to the influence of Melbourne Storm players Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Will Chambers

 

5. How fit is Billy Slater?

 

6. NSW has once again stuck with a bench that lacks speed. It’s good to have size, but the speedy blokes are hard to stop when players tire

 

7. The Maroons stuck at it for 80 minutes in Origin I. The Blues switched off after 40 minutes

 

8. NSW are no chance if they go looking for retribution following Origin I instead of playing football

 

9. How will Daly Cherry-Evans perform? If he has a decent game the Maroons will take some stopping

 

10. NSW must play as one unit and show more enterprise in attack. Someone from the Blues has to stand up. Josh Dugan had a tremendous game in Origin I, but clearly lacked support. Will Paul Gallen lead the charge? It may have been 11-10 in Origin I, but Queensland never looked like losing after hitting the front.

 

Tip – Queensland by 1-12 points

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