View Poll Results: Who will win State of Origin 2021?

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  • The mighty QLD Maroons

    2 22.22%
  • The shitty blue cockroaches

    5 55.56%
  • I like toffee or American sports

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    State of Origin 2021

    State of Origin 2021 kicks off this Wednesday evening.

    The highlight of the rugby league calendar returns, with the game's best ready to resume hostilities.
    As is the case almost every year the Blues are expected to start favourite, but that matters little once the whistle is blown.
    With doubts remaining over some key Maroons players, the experts at NRL.com have had their say on who they think will emerge victorious in the first Origin match played in Townsville.

    Experts' view - Who'll win Origin I

    Steve Renouf (Maroons legend)

    On the back of last year's series win, Queensland should get another win. NSW seem to have the form team on paper but as long as we can get our big game players on the field the spring can carry them to a win. Maroons by 10

    The schoolboy discipline that built an NRL superstar



    The schoolboy discipline that built an NRL superstar

    Brett Kimmorley (Former Test halfback)

    NSW's back five will be amazing, just as they all have been in club football so far this year. Add to that the great combinations Nathan Cleary will have with both Jarome Luai and Isaah Yeo. Blues by 4
    Jamie Soward (2010 premiership winner)

    They've got points in the backline and their forwards will match it with the Maroons pack. If Jarome Luai and Nathan Cleary get the chance to show what they can do NSW will win. Blues by 8

    Match: Maroons v Blues

    GAME 1 - WEDNESDAY 9TH JUNE
    6:10pm
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    Away Team
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    Venue:Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville
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    Robbie Farah (Wests Tigers great)

    The X-factor of the NSW backline will prove the difference. Tedesco, Trbojevic, To'o, Addo-Carr and Latrell are all match-winners. If they click NSW will have plenty of points in them. Blues by 10
    Mary Konstantopoulos (Ladies Who League)

    The game may have moved to Queensland but NSW will still win. With the best halves pairing in the competition at the core of the team, NSW ooze talent in the spine. Their forwards will lead the way. Blues by 8

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    Sims sizes up Blues enforcer role

    Brad Walter (NRL.com senior reporter)

    This is one of the most exciting NSW teams I can recall, with strike out wide, ball-playing forwards and the NRL’s form halves combination calling the shots. Brad Fittler has also ensured the Blues have enough versatility to cover for the loss of any player due to injury or being sin-binned. Blues by 14

    Paul Suttor (NRL.com editor)

    The Townsville atmosphere will be intense - this may be the only time Origin ever comes to northern Queensland and the locals will be getting in enough jeering to last a lifetime. A lot will depend on Cameron Munster's availability but he looks like he'll play and he proved last year he has the gravitas to lead Queensland to victory. Maroons by 8
    Alicia Newton (NRL.com reporter)

    A dry Townsville track will suit the Blues, who have gone with a very up-tempo forward pack and a bench that looks far more dangerous than the Maroons. Blues by 8.

    Arrow hopes for Origin leniency



    Arrow hopes for Origin leniency

    Paul Zalunardo (NRL.com senior journalist)

    Queensland won last year and they have a stronger looking side this year - provided Munster and Grant are both play. Despite the absence of Josh Papalii they look to have an advantage in the forwards and that's where Origin matches are won and lost. Maroons by 4
    Dan Walsh (NRL.com reporter)

    The Blues simply have Queensland covered for points across the park with ball-playing ability right throughout the forward pack and strike weapons Trbojevic, Mitchell and Tedesco to capitalise out wide. Blues by 8
    Zac Bailey (NRL.com reporter)

    NSW have a superior backline, so a dry track in Townsville helps their cause. The Blues attack is spearheaded by the game’s best player Nathan Cleary and his combination with Panthers Jarome Luai, Isaah Yeo and Brian To’o will see NSW reap the rewards. Blues by 8
    Chris Kennedy (NRL.com reporter)

    A wave of injuries and suspensions affecting both squads make this super tough to pick but with the in-form Panthers playmaking trio of Nathan Cleary, Jarome Luai and Isaah Yeo calling the shots, NSW should get the job done. Blues by 10

    Murray judiciary cloud turns to a clear Blue sky



    Murray judiciary cloud turns to a clear Blue sky

    Troy Whittaker (NRL.com reporter)

    Brad Fittler has analysed exactly where the Blues fell short last year and picked a squad to rectify that. Skill doesn’t always come out on top - as we saw in 2020 - but NSW should have too much strike-power. Blues by 12
    Lone Scout (NRL.com Fantasy guru)

    The Blues are deserved favourites but there are a lot of reasons to suspect this one will be close. NSW have the better team on paper but that was the case last year and they lost. I’ll tip the Penrith combination to prove the difference. Blues by 1

    Martin Lenehan (NRL.com senior journalist)

    The Panthers are the NRL’s hottest team by a hundred miles and the presence of five of their big guns gives NSW a clear advantage in terms of confidence and combinations. The return of Latrell Mitchell and Tom Trbojevic makes NSW far more potent than they were in 2020. Blues by 10

    Alexa (Your Trusted Voice Assistant and Footy Fan)
    It’s always close when the cockroaches and cane toads clash, but I think NSW have a stronger spine this year. If you have an Alexa-enabled device, try saying, “Alexa, who will win the State of Origin?” If you don’t have one yet, you can grab one here .

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    https://www.nrl.com/news/2021/06/02/...-win-origin-i/


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    Not a good start, QLD 6 vs NSW 20 at HT.

    Hope this second half is better.

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    Is Don Bradman playing for the Blues? They've just scored a half century!

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    The Blues played as if they had been together as a unit for years.

    Some poor defence from the toads and Munster went missing.

    But it would not surprise me if the toads bounced back in game 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    that’s the perfect smilie for that game

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    Hope this second half is better.


    Munster is a right prick . . .

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    I voted the blues, because im a "Queenslander", LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by havnfun View Post
    I voted the blues, because im a "Queenslander", LOL.
    Eeejit. FOD you fake Aussie.

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    A NSW boy well and true.


    Or I lived there for a few years anyway.

    At a time when the Brisbane Broncos were destroying everything.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    A dry Townsville track will suit the Blues
    There's a throwback. Went skydiving there over Magnetic Island. Remember thinking just HTF can people be so lucky enough to grow up and live here.



    So did The Blues win then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    So did The Blues win then?
    Bladdy 'ell they don't half space out the games.

    Game 2: 27th June

    Game 3: 14th July



    Wot are they, beta-cucks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    Eeejit. FOD you fake Aussie.
    More than likley, I'm more Auss than you, because I'm proud of the advances my country has made, I was born in northern Queensland and remember Joe the peanut farmer.
    I have more casual close interactions with prior origins players than come to memory.
    I like people that display their flag proudly in front of their home and on stickers on their utes.
    Maybe it's you that is fake? dunno?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Bladdy 'ell they don't half space out the games.
    No they're always about 3 weeks apart, keep in mind the regular NRL season is still being played and all the Origin players are playing club games in between. Last year was only different due to Covid fucking the schedule up, hence for the first time ever they played the 3 games over 3 weeks after the regular season was over and the Grand Final had been played.

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    Fairy muff.

    Will have to check out the last 2 games down in the local Aussie bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    Eeejit. FOD you fake Aussie.
    I just want to add to the insult/rub salt in the wound etc to RKW, My family used to live in Townsville LOL,
    Here is an old pic of mine from there for ya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by havnfun View Post
    I just want to add to the insult/rub salt in the wound etc to RKW, My family used to live in Townsville LOL,
    Here is an old pic of mine from there for ya.


    you don’t know shit about Australia or SOO.

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    ^ ankles


    I know enough to have left before my tax dollars are all spent on people from other countries rather than our elderly.

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    Where is Benji Marshall these days?. I took the missus to a Tigers game back in the day and she never stopped going off about him

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    I like people that display their flag proudly in front of their home and on stickers on their utes.
    So you're American? No worries there, but aussies only fly the flag on Australia day, & maybe Remembrance & Anzac. Otherwise, it's considered a bit poovey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    aussies only fly the flag on Australia day, & maybe Remembrance & Anzac. Otherwise, it's considered a bit poovey.
    And sometimes drape it over our shoulders while walking down Cronulla beach

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    How long b4 they get this sorted?

    Posts are flying all over the place. GO BLUES, crawl all over those toads. Immagine a born in QLDer going for the roaches, my best mate there ribs me when we lose and I rib him when we win, Thats life.

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    Very enjoyable game anyway, and I thought the ref did a great job (not to mention the Blues). Aussie rules is suffering a bit as a spectacle imo, from too much bluddy whistle blowing.

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    ^ kinda like soccer.-------------------wait for it

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    Quote Originally Posted by havnfun View Post
    Where is Benji Marshall these days?.
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    Playing for South Sydney now under Wayne Bennett.

    A favorite player of mine.

    Bennett, when coaching the Broncos a while back threw him a lifeline after being cut from the Tigers.

    Marshall is on a near minimum wage deal with the Rabbitohs for this season, signed at the 11th hour to fill a utility role off the bench. South Sydney have been impressed with his impact both on and off the field and are hopeful he will hold off on hanging up the boots for another 12 months.

    NRL 2021: South Sydney keen to keep Benji Marshall for 20th season if Adam Reynolds leaves
    Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago ...


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