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Live: State of Origin Game 1, NSW vs Queensland in Sydney
One of the most anticipated State of Origin series in years begins on Wednesday night with Brad Fittler’s NSW Blues expected to face an almighty challenge from Queensland in their bid to retain the shield.
The Blues have won three out of the past four series but their dominance looks under threat from a Maroons side bursting with talent and helmed by state legend Billy Slater in his first series as coach.
It’s expected to be a windy and wild affair in front of a confirmed sold-out crowd at Sydney’s Accor Stadium for Game 1. Follow the latest news throughout the day, and all the action tonight, below.
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STAGG’S COBBO INSIGHT
Blues centre Kotoni Staggs has given Brad Fittler’s side the inside scoop on Broncos teammate Selwyn Cobbo.
The 20-year-old Maroons winger is set to take the field in one of the most daunting debuts in Stage of Origin history.
Fittler said the Blues would “absolutely” be testing the young gun’s aerial abilities, with playmakers Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai to target him with their elite kicking game.
Meanwhile, Staggs suggested he had outlined Cobbo’s weaknesses to his Origin teammates.
“Everyone has a weakness in their game, and it’s up to the opposition to find it,” Staggs said to the SMH.
“I’ve played alongside him for most of the year. There are a few things that stand out to me that I have told my mates here, so whatever happens, happens.”
Despite hoping to exploit the young winger in certain aspects of his game, Fittler still marvelled at his talents.
“It’s a shame he’s playing for the other side because he’s so good to watch. He’s wild, he’s strong, fast and energetic. It will be great to see him under pressure,” Fittler said.
LEGEND’S PRAISE FOR ‘TOUGH LITTER BUGGER’ COTTER
Queensland Maroons legend and assistant Cameron Smith is tipping emerging cult hero Reuben Cotter to make a big impact on his debut Origin appearance.
Asked on Wednesday to identify a player that had impressed him in camp, Smith singled out the tireless 23-year-old North Queensland forward who forced his way into the squad with a string of outstanding performances this season.
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