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Let’s take a look how Origin I may pan out

1. Queensland at full strength. Michael Morgan a handy replacement for Daly Cherry-Evans. The only reason NSW won last year is because Queensland had injuries. Cooper Cronk was a massive loss as it was DCE who missed the tackle on Trent Hodkinson in Game 2 last year. Look what Queensland did to NSW in Game 3 in 2014.

2. NSW may rue not having a utility back on the bench. What’s Plan B if Mitchell Pearce or Hodkinson get injured? And who goes to dummy half if Robbie Farah ends up in the halves?

3. Pearce at five-eighth is a huge risk and did anyone see Hodkinson’s shocking attempt to tackle Roger Tuivasa-Scheck two Friday nights ago. Switching Johnathan Thurston to No 6 for Origin has worked for Queensland, but Pearce is no JT.

4. Darius Boyd might be in for a rough night. Has only just returned from exile and despite his experience there might be a lot of traffic heading his way. And how fit are Billy Slater and Justin Hodges?

5. Queensland has boasted a poor record in Sydney in recent years, but history suggests they have a habit of winning games that really matter. Josh Dugan is playing well, but can he make a fist of it at fullback in the absence of Jarryd Hayne?

Verdict: A few question marks surround NSW and there’s also no Paul Gallen. Queensland by 1-12 points.

Enjoy the game people.







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