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NRL: State of Origin Game 1 Preview

The wait is almost over as Queensland and New South Wales renew hostilities in Game 1 of the 2023 State of Origin.

It’s the Adelaide Oval that hosts the opening game of the series, as both sides look to gain the upper hand on the neutral territory of South Australia. 

Blues the favourites to draw first blood

WhatQueensland v New South Wales
WhereAdelaide Oval, Adelaide
When20:05 (AEST), Wednesday 31st May
How to watchChannel 9
OddsQueensland 2.25, New South Wales 1.65

Queensland are the title holders going into this year’s State of Origin but it’s New South Wales who are the 1.65 favourites going into this opening encounter in Adelaide.  

The Blues were edged out in two thrilling games last season, losing 16-10 in Sydney and 22-12 in Brisbane. 

NSW did manage a 44-12 victory in the second game of that series on neutral territory with a superb display at the Optus Stadium in Perth. 

Leading 14-12 at the break, the Blues scored 30 unanswered points in the second 40 to claim a memorable victory over their rivals. 

Queensland responded well to secure the win in Brisbane as they scored 12 unanswered points to claim the victory on the night and the series. 

NSW boast six players from the reigning NRL champions Penrith Panthers, including Stephen Crichton who has come in to replace the injured Campbell Graham. 

There are three debutants in the form of Nicho Hynes (Cronulla-Sutherland), Tevita Pangai Junior (Canterbury-Bankstown), and Hudson Young (Canberra) who will be preparing themselves to feature in this highly-anticipated first showdown.

Queensland have experience 

While there is plenty of excitement about what Jarome Luai and Nathan Cleary can do for New South Wales, Queensland has a settled line-up that can cause an upset at 2.25 for the win on Wednesday.  

The Maroons have retained 14 players from the series win last year and that experience in the squad could well be valuable for the resumption of the rivalry this time around. 

There have been some surprise omissions from the squad ahead of this clash in Adelaide, with the likes of Kalyn Ponga, Kurt Capewell, and Dane Gagai all missing out. 

Queensland have their own debutant in the form of Reece Walsh, who has been impressing for the Brisbane Broncos this season. 

At just 20 years old, there’s plenty of excitement about what the fullback can do in this upcoming series.

A tight encounter expected 

Looking at the Line market, there is expected to be very little to choose from between these two sides at the Adelaide Oval. 

Queensland are the slight underdogs for the win but are available at 1.91 to come out on top with a +2.5 point head start.  

In what could be a cagey affair on Wednesday, Queensland’s experienced side could well see them fall on the right side of the handicap, while under 36.5 points in the game is also available at 1.91

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