STATE OF ORIGIN GAME 1
NSW v Queensland
This is by far the most anticipated origin openers in years given the turnover of squads from last year and the fact the NSW backline are all absolute speed merchants and will dine out on anything the blues halves feed them; which will be plenty!!
The reason the Maroons have been so dominant over the past decade has all to do with Smith, Thurston and Slater (but mostly Smith) and the fact none of these blokes are taking the field here is huge!!
The new Blues coaching staff in Fittler, Johns and Alexander bring with them fresh thinking and mountains of enthusiasm and they will have the Blues squad primed for this big occasion.
Short and sweet - the Blues are full of speed and exuberance and are going to absolutely rule here. End result an easy NSW win. Pick - 4 units on NSW -6.5 point start