Rugby State Of Origin Rugby Live Stream Queensland vs New South Wales Free Online Rugby Football 2015 Online, State Of Origin Game 02 Match will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Stadium,Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Wednesday 17 June 2015 online, 20.00pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Nine, Fox Sports, Radio 2GB,Triple M, ABC Grandstand.
State Of Origin returns to Melbourne for the first time since 2012 and to the MCG for the first time since 1997 with Queensland just a victory away from winning their ninth series in 10 years. Both teams have made few – yet critical – changes for the crucial second clash of the series with the Maroons set to enter the match pronounced favourites.
New South Wales have made just two changes from the opening clash with skipper Paul Gallen and winger Brett Morris both returning from injury. Gallen replaces Josh Jackson in the starting side with Jackson back to the bench and Andrew Fifita dumped. Morris comes onto the wing in a straight-up swap with the ditched Daniel Tupou. Robbie Farah has overcome a shoulder injury and will play rake for the Blues. Queensland have made just one change with Daly Cherry-Evans replacing the injured Cooper Cronk. Michael Morgan retains his spot as bench utility.
Queensland have won 18 series to 12 and lead the all-time matchup 55-46 with two draws. The Maroons have scored 22 more tries than New South Wales and have dominated the last decade with eight series wins in the last nine series and a 20-11 win-loss record. Four of the last five Origins have been decided by less than a converted try. This is the eighth match to be played in Melbourne with the Maroons holding a 4-3 edge while it is the first to be played at the MCG since 1997. Melbourne have won the last three Only one of seven matches ever played in Melbourne has topped 32 points. The last four and six of the last eight Game II matches have failed to top 32 points. The team losing Game I has won three of the last four Game II matches. The Blues have also won three of the last four Game II matches.
Queensland defeated New South Wales 11-10 in the series opener on the back of a late Cooper Cronk field goal, putting the defending champions one game away from series defeat. The Blues have scored just 28 points from their last four encounters with the Maroons. Queensland have players with better club form with 12 players coming from Top 4 clubs and 15 from the Top 8. That compares to New South Wales, who have three players from Top 4 teams and 12 from Top 15 teams. The Maroons have Dally M Medal leader Johnathan Thurston.
Both five-eighths are going to be central to the outcome of this game – news that is not good for New South Wales. Johnathan Thurston was good enough in the opener but with Cooper Cronk absent will play a much bigger role, particularly in organising the Maroons. He has won four Man of the Match awards and is a three-time Dally M Medal winner, so it is a position the Maroons hardly fear. For the Blues, Mitchell Pearce has to do something he has not managed to do in 13 previous appearances – play well enough to make a positive difference for the Blues. His kicking game in the opener was dreadful and with halfback Trent Hodkinson dreadfully out of form Pearce desperately needs to step up.
Mitchell Pearce has won just three of 13 Origins he has appeared in. The Blues have not scored three tries in a game under the coaching of Laurie Daley. Ten of the last 12 ‘live’ games have tallied 32 points or fewer. Josh Morris is the Blues’ all-time active leading tryscorer with four. Greg Inglis and Darius Boyd are tied for Origin’s most tries with 15 apiece. Five of the last seven Game II matches have had a double figure margin. New South Wales last beat Queensland 13-plus in the final game of the 2007 series. The Maroons halves have 26 try assists while the Blues have just six with Pearce having a low five in 13 games.
Time to steam into Queensland and the unders again in what looks like easy money for the second State Of Origin. Once again the Blues have given themselves little hope by taking such a conservative selection policy to the table. Halfback Trent Hodkinson is no longer in the top two halves at Canterbury, Will Hopoate has been awful for the Eels and the bench is so bland an Arrowroot biscuit seems exciting in comparison. Losing Cooper Cronk doesn’t help the Maroons but Johnathan Thurston will take up a bigger role, which can only be a good thing. The Blues might keep it close but they won’t be winning. The best bet though is the under. This will again be a scrappy game – exacerbated by the wide open spaces of the MCG – with the Blues playing contain and the Maroons likely to absorb and then do just enough. That is how Origin is under Meninga and Daley and there is no reason to think it will change now.
Queensland Maroons: 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
New South Wales Blues: 1. Josh Dugan, 2. Brett Morris, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Michael Jennings, 5. Will Hopoate, 6. Mitchell Pearce, 7. Trent Hodkinson, 8. James Tamou, 9. Robbie Farah (c), 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Beau Scott, 12. Ryan Hoffman, 13. Paul Gallen
Interchange: 14. Trent Merrin, 15. Boyd Cordner 16. David Klemmer, 17. Josh Jackson