2012 State Of Origin Game 1 – NSW Blues vs QLD Maroons preview

Etihad Stadium will erupt on Wednesday night when New South Wales and Queensland lock horns in 2012 State Of Origin Game 1 in front of what should be a packed house to witness the Origin opener.

Set to kick off at 8pm on Wednesday night 23rd May 2012 at the neutral Melbourne ground, the 2012 State Of Origin Series opener will see the NSW Blues looking to buck the recent QLD Maroons State Of Origin dominance, with the Queenslanders claiming the past six series in succession.

For Queensland, Melbourne Storm’s Billy Slater, Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk, along with the the brilliant attacking prowess of the Cowboy’s Johnathan Thurston, will cause plenty of headaches for the Blues.

NSW also has quality players in Paul Gallen, Todd Carney and James Tamou who will serve it up to the Maroons on Wednesday night and we have a ripping match in store.

The Blues will need to score early to put pressure on the Maroons, if they are to have any chance in State Of Origin Game 1, although Queensland has the talent to soak up any pressure afforded by NSW and then return it with plenty of their own.

Latest 2012 State Of Origin Game 1 odds at Sportsbet have Queensland a hot $1.48 from from New South Wales who are $2.78.

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State Of Origin Game 2 will take place on Wednesday 13th June at ANZ Stadium in Sydney and will be televised live on Channel Nine with a 8pm kick-off time.

Queensland won two of three Origin matches last year to score their sixth State Of Origin series in a row.

New South Wales will be hoping to win their first State of Origin Series since 2005.

2012 State of Origin Game 1 Odds

Team Odds Line Points 1-12 13+ Over 36.5
Under 36.5
NSW Blues $2.78 $1.91 (+6) $2.10 (+4) $3.60 $8.50 $1.85 $1.85
QLD Maroons $1.48 $1.91 (-6) $2.10 (-4) $2.80 $3.00

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2012 State Of Origin Game 1 teams

New South Wales Blues State Of Origin team

NSW Blues Squad

Brett Stewart, Jarryd Hayne, Michael Jennings, Josh Morris, Akuila Uate, Todd Carney, Mitchell Pearce, Trent Merrin, Robbie Farah, Paul Gallen, Glen Stewart, Luke Lewis, James Tamou, Greg Bird, Tony Williams, Jamie Buhrer, Ben Creagh

Paul Gallen will captain the NSW Blues for the 2012 State of Origin series.

Queensland Maroons State Of Origin Team

QLD Maroons Squad

Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Brent Tate, Jonathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Matt Scott, Cameron Smith, Petero Civoniceva, Nate Myles, Sam Thaiday, Ashley Harrison, Matt Gillett, Dave Taylor, Ben Hannant, David Shillington, Daly Cherry-Evans (18th man), Dane Nielsen (19th man)

Cameron Smith will captain the QLD Maroons for the 2012 State of Origin series.

2011 State Of Origin Series Result

2011 State of Origin 1 Result

Queensland Maroons – 16
Tries: Johnathan Thurston, Jharal Yow Yeh, Billy Slater Goals: Johnathan Thurston 2

New South Wales Blues – 12
Tries: Michael Jennings, Mitchell Pearce Goals: Jamie Soward 2

Played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane in front of a crowd of 52,144 people.

2011 State of Origin 2 Result

New South Wales Blues – 18
Tries: Luke Lewis, Will Hopoate, Anthony Minichiello Goals: Jamie Soward 3

Queensland Maroons – 8
Tries: Cameron Smith Goals: Johnathan Thurston 2

Played at ANZ Stadium in Sydney in front of a crowd of 81,965 people.

2011 State of Origin 3 Result

Queensland Marrons – 34
Tries: Greg Inglis 2, Sam Thaiday, Cam Smith, Jharal Yow Yeh, Billy Slater Goals: Johnathan Thurston 4, Cam Smith 1

New South Wales Blues – 24
Tries: Anthony Minichiello, Akuila Uate, Jarryd Hayne, Greg Bird Goals: Jamie Soward 4

Played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane in front of a crowd of 52,498 people.

QLD vs NSW State of Origin recent History

2011 State Of Origin Series
Game 1 Suncorp Stadium QLD 16 12 NSW 52,144
Game 2 ANZ Stadium NSW 18 8 QLD 81,965
Game 3 Suncorp Stadium QLD 34 24 NSW 52,498
2010 State Of Origin Series
Game 1 ANZ Stadium NSW 24 28 QLD 68,753
Game 2 Suncorp Stadium QLD 34 6 NSW 52,452
Game 3 ANZ Stadium NSW 18 23 QLD 61,259
2009 State Of Origin Series
Game 1 Docklands Stadium QLD 28 18 NSW 50,967
Game 2 Stadium Australia NSW 14 24 QLD 80,459
Game 3 Lang Park QLD 16 28 NSW 52,439
2008 State Of Origin Series
Game 1 Stadium Australia NSW 18 10 QLD 67,620
Game 2 Lang Park QLD 30 0 NSW 52,416
Game 3 Stadium Australia NSW 10 16 QLD 78,751
2007 State Of Origin Series
Game 1 Lang Park QLD 25 18 NSW 52,498
Game 2 Stadium Australia NSW 6 10 QLD 76,924
Game 3 Lang Park QLD 4 18 NSW 52,469
2006 State Of Origin Series
Game 1 Stadium Australia NSW 17 16 QLD 72,773
Game 2 Lang Park QLD 30 6 NSW 52,468
Game 3 Docklands Stadium NSW 14 16 QLD 54,833
2005 State Of Origin Series
Game 1 Lang Park QLD 24 20 NSW 52,484
Game 2 Stadium Australia NSW 32 22 QLD 82,389
Game 3 Lang Park QLD 10 32 NSW 52,436

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