2019 NRL STATE OF ORIGIN GAME 1 – Preview, Tips, Odds & Team Lists

Origin Game 1 of the NRL season gets kicks off on Wednesday June 5 – see the latest news, tips & odds for State of Origin Game 1 right here.


It’s the middle of the NRL season and that means one thing – everyone downs tools for State of Origin!

The NRL State of Origin Game 1 will take place on Wednesday, June 5 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. New South Wales will be out to win their first back-to-back series over Queensland since 2005.

The teams for the NRL State of Origin Game 1 were both named at the end of Round 11 of the NRL, with both sides hampered by a horror weekend of injuries to potential Origin players.

NRL State of Origin Game 1 Team Lists

Queensland Team

1. Kalyn Ponga
2. Corey Oates
3. Michael Morgan
4. Will Chambers
5. Dane Gagai
6. Cameron Munster
7. Daly Cherry-Evans (c)
8. Jai Arrow
9. Ben Hunt
10. Josh Papalii
11. Felise Kaufusi
12. Matt Gillett
13. Josh McGuire
14. Moses Mbye
15. Joe Ofahengaue
16. Dylan Napa
17. David Fifita
Coach. Kevin Walters

The backs for Queensland have had quite a shake-up since Game III 2018. Gone is the iconic Billy Slater at fullback, replaced by Kalyn Ponga. Valentine Holmes’ defection to the NFL sees Michael Morgan replace him in the backline, at centre, with Gagai moving to the wing.

The Maroons halves remain unchanged. Daly Cherry-Evans has been named as captain for the first time for Queensland.

Dragons halfback Ben Hunt replaces Andrew McCullough at hooker. Matt Gillett comes in for Gavin Cooper in the back row.

On the bench, Moses Mbye and David Fifita will make their debut. Ofahengaue and Napa join them, completing an entire bench overhaul. Queensland’s 2018 Game III bench comprised of Hunt, Jarrod Wallace, Coen Hess and Tim Glasby. Glasby has been named as 18th man this year and Kurt Capewell is the 19th man.

New South Wales Team

1. James Tedesco
2. Josh Addo-Carr
3. Latrell Mitchell
4. Josh Morris
5. Nick Cotric
6. Cody Walker
7. Nathan Cleary
8. David Klemmer
9. Damien Cook
10. Paul Vaughan
11. Boyd Cordner (c)
12. Tyson Frizell
13. Jake Trbojevic
14. Jack Wighton
15. Cameron Murray
16. Angus Crichton
17. Payne Haas
Coach. Brad Fittler

The Blues backs have had a few changes due to an injury to Tom Trbojevic, which has seen Nick Cotric brought in to make his debut. James Roberts’ poor form has seen him replaced by Josh Morris.

The red-hot form of Cody Walker has seen him replace James Maloney at five-eighth.

The forward pack remains unchanged, however there is somewhat of an injury cloud of Tyson Frizell after he copped a sickening head clash last weekend.

The Blues have a near all-new bench. Jack Wighton, Cameron Murray and Payne Haas will all make their debut as they replace Jack de Belin, Tariq Sims and Tyrone Peachey. Ryan Matterson is 18th man and Victor Radley is the 19th man.

State of Origin Statistics

Games – 113
Queensland wins – 61
New South Wales wins – 51
Drawn games – 2

Series – 37
Queensland won – 23
New South Wales won – 14

Game 1 matches – 39
Queensland wins – 20
New South Wales wins – 19

Origin games at Suncorp Stadium – 55 games
Queensland wins – 35
New South Wales wins – 19
Drawn– 1

Games at Suncorp Stadium in Origin Game 1 – 21 games
Queensland – 11
New South Wales – 10

The importance of scoring positive results in State of Origin Game 1 is huge for Queensland. 16 of their 23 State of Origin series victories have come when they won Game 1. There have only been two occasions where the Maroons won the opening match but failed to win the series, which is a phenomenal record.

For New South Wales the story is very similar. 12 of their 14 series wins came when they won the opener. And since the start of the 3 match Origin series in 1982, the Blues have won 19 of the opening Origin matches of a series to Queensland’s 18, with 11 of their 19 Game 1 victories coming outside of New South Wales. These are pretty telling stats that are well worth considering when considering your NRL Origin game 1 tips.

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State of Origin Prediction

The Blues have had fewer disruptions to the core of their side, most of their players are picked based on form, they have great balance across the park in attack, defence, youth and experience and are playing with their tails up after winning the series last year. The 2018 Origin series could well prove to be the perfect Origin Game 1 preview in 2019.

The Maroons have been beseiged by injuries, retirements and poor form. However they can never be written off and they do love to lift when their backs are against the wall.

Overall though, New South Wales should win this game after a tough first half.

What do you think?