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Big League: NRL State of Origin

Big League: NRL State of Origin 2019 - State of Origin II

The battle between New South Wales and Queensland continues this year with the Maroons vying for an unprecedented seventh-straight series win. To feel a part of the action make sure you have the official match program with team-lists, player profiles, exclusive Q&As and flashbacks with past Origin greats.

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messages

QUEENSLAND MAROONS BENEFIT FROM BRILLIANT LEADERS GAME Two of the Holden State of Origin series is shaping up to be one of the great sporting spectacles on our nation’s calendar this year. The 60,000-strong crowd is about to witness something special – a truly historic and gripping contest at Perth’s new Optus Stadium. Like Game One, the build-up has been intense with the eyes of the rugby league world directly on both teams. While our mighty Maroons have the upper hand after a brilliant Game One victory at Suncorp Stadium, a new challenge awaits as Origin fever grips Western Australia for the first time. It takes a mighty effort to win an Origin match, and praise must go to Kevin Walters for delivering a perfect Game One preparation. To Kevin and his players, congratulations on an outstanding…

1 min.
welcome message from the minister for tourism

ON behalf of the Government of Western Australia, it is my pleasure to welcome you to witness the clash between fierce rivals, the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons. Game Two of the Holden State of Origin series promises to be a real highlight for rugby league fans, not only in Western Australia but around the nation, and the State Government is proud to be a sponsor through Tourism Western Australia. Our world-class Optus Stadium is the ideal venue to host such a significant game, which is just the 10th time part of the series has been played outside New South Wales or Queensland. The game is expected to draw thousands of people to Perth and millions more will be watching the live broadcast across Australia. State of Origin is one…

1 min.
cameron munster

WHEN Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston announced their respective retirements from representative football, there were flutters of nervousness among Maroons fans. Who could fill the giant voids left by two of the game’s legends? Well, Storm five-eighth Cameron Munster now has five Origin appearances under his belt and is helping to maintain Queensland’s high attacking standards. Cronk spoke on NRL 360 before Game One, saying: “All the talk is about Cherry-Evans and Ponga and everyone else, but nobody has really mentioned Munster. I tell you what, if the NSW right edge takes their eyes off him for half a second, Munster is going to show off his left and break them open” – and he was right on the money with that one. The plucky half had an incredible Game…

1 min.
damien cook

IN just his fourth Origin game as starting hooker for New South Wales, Cook took much of the burden for creating attacking opportunities and will do the same again tonight. The darting dummy-half played 80 minutes for the Blues for 15 runs (147 metres), a line-break and four tackle-breaks. He also did a massive amount of work in defence, making a team-high 45 tackles. In the first half, it looked as though his combination with James Tedesco was once again on point, but after the break, the defensive workload and Queensland’s dominance kept him quiet. The reliance on these two attacking stars is obviously enormous, but with some minor adjustments to the game plan, Cook will again be the player to blow the game open for the Blues given the…

5 min.
man in the middle

AS much as State of Origin is about courage, determination and toughness, trusting your team-mates is just as important – especially when it comes to defence. Game One at Suncorp Stadium saw skill at the highest level, but in the end, the result came down to trust. It’s what let New South Wales down, and why Queensland were triumphant. The Blues failed to trust each other in defence, especially on their left edge, while the Maroons took advantage of their weakened opponents, held firm and as a team got the job done – and they couldn’t have done it without trusting Ben Hunt at dummy-half. Usually if you were to move a player from halfback to hooker, you’d be a bit apprehensive, especially in defence. But there were no issues for Hunt as…

5 min.
true blue

STATE of Origin comes down to a handful of moments, and for Blues rookie Cameron Murray, Game Two is all about rectifying an error that has been eating away at him since the series opener. The Rabbitohs lock came on midway through the first half and injected himself straight into the contest with a powerful carry and trademark lightning-fast play-the-ball. He played 51 minutes straight and finished with 112 metres and 27 tackles, earning high praise from the greatest minds in the game. But ask Murray how he played, and his mind goes straight to a knock-on in the 45th minute which handed momentum to the Maroons. The Blues were on the attack at that stage and held an 8-0 lead, but an error in the play-the-ball invited Queensland back into the contest…