Couch Critic previews Sunday's NRL State of Origin clash between Queensland and New South Wales including his best bets and tryscorer specials with @Olimp_SA
NRL ORIGINS – Match II
The Maroons head to Brisbane with their tails between their legs after suffering an eye tearing defeat to their Origin rivals. The Queenslanders will need to respond like a wounded lion rather than a bullied younger sibling if they are to turn things around on Sunday…
Queensland vs New South Wales – Sunday 27 June @ 11:50, Brisbane
The Maroons got run over by a T-Train in Townville as Tommy “Three Tries” Turbo ran rampant along with Brian “Two Try” To’o. Of course, the troubles for the hosts actually started upfront in the engine room and that is where their turnaround will have to start. Kevin Walters welcomes back big Josh Papali’I at prop to try and add muscle to this area of concern. The coach will also hope to see a strong effort from David Fifita now operating off the bench.
Cam Munster showed in his last Storm outing that he should be sharper this time around but I still worry that Queensland will struggle turning this ship around. That lethal NSW backline remains in tact and things could again get ugly for the home side if they allow these finishers the opportunity to take flight again.
On paper there is just nothing to show that these Maroons will be capable of keeping the big dog on the leash in Match II. I do however get the feeling that the underdogs will scrap for all their worth and keep things tidy enough, especially early on.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see the men in red put up a strong early fight only to be overpowered later.
Feldt comes into this match in red-hot form and I’ll back him to get one early.
Hoping for a strong effort off the bench from the big Titans lock.
If things end up being a touch closer it could all come down to the two main playmakers. Luai often plays second fiddle to Cleary but I’m trusting those handing out the awards to value the input of the Blues’ number six.
(Note, all odds quoted are subject to change)