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State of Origin Preview: Game 2

Date: Wednesday June, 17 2015

Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground

Kick-off: 8pm

NSW

1 Josh Dugan 2 Will Hopoate 3 Michael Jennings 4 Josh Morris 5 Brett Morris 6 Mitchell Pearce 7 Trent Hodkinson 8 Aaron Woods 9 Robbie Farah 10 James Tamou 11 Beau Scott 12 Ryan Hoffman 13 Paul Gallen (c) Interchange 14 Trent Merrin 15 Boyd Cordner 16 David Klemmer 17 Josh Jackson

Queensland

1 Billy Slater 2 Darius Boyd 3 Greg Inglis 4 Justin Hodges 5 Will Chambers 6 Johnathan Thurston 7 Daly Cherry-Evans 8 Matt Scott 9 Cameron Smith (c) 10 Nate Myles 11 Aidan Guerra 12 Sam Thaiday 13 Corey Parker Interchange 14 Michael Morgan 15 Josh McGuire 16 Matt Gillett 17 Jacob Lillyman

Preview

NSW travel to Melbourne hoping to keep this year’s State of Origin series alive with a win.

The Blues welcome back Brett Morris and regular skipper, Paul Gallen to the starting lineup after they missed game one with injuries. The inclusions of Morris and Gallen add plenty of much needed experience to the team.

The fitness of hooker Robbie Farah who hasn’t played for his club after suffering a shoulder injury in game one is a concern for the Blues. The captain from the opening game will most likely need a pain- killing injection on Wednesday to play and it is hoped he will be able to play out the match, especially with a lack of competent alternatives at hooker.

Queensland have made one change to their winning side as they look to avenge last year’s series loss. Daly Cherry-Evans comes in for Cooper Cronk who injured his right knee while playing for his club. Queensland struggled last year without their first choice halfback and it remains to be seen whether Cherry-Evans can produce the match winning moments Cronk did the game one.

The ongoing shoulder injury troubling star fullback Billy Slater is another issue for the Maroons. With Cronk already missing the game, the Maroon’s structure could be threatened by Slater’s shoulder injury being aggravated.

The crucial matchup for game two is between Daly Cherry-Evans and Trent Hodkinson. In game one both sides tackled well and completed a majority of their sets but lacked a spark in attack. With Hodkinson horribly out of form for his club and Cherry-Evans yet to impose himself at Origin level, who performs best on Wednesday night will likely lead their side to victory.

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