Origin Game 2 - QLD $3.50...?

Well, we tipped QLD by 4 in the opener and well, they won 18-14.

But enough about that, all your fan mail was much appreciated.

We're back for Game 2 in this revised origin format that COVID has thrown up at us in 2020.

A couple of changes for both sides, some forced, some not.

QLD welcome into the 17, Dunamis Lui, Moeaki Fotuaika & Valentine Holmes - who returns from suspension at fullback replacing the injured AJ Brimson.

For the Blues, well, who would have thought they'd be wielding the axe after Game 1? Luke Keary is goneski while they'll be without captain Boyd Cordner, we all know why, as well as Souths Sydney utility forward, Cameron Murray.

Dale Finucane, Nathan Brown and Isaah Yeo all come on to the bench, while Cody Walker shifts to five-eight.

Isn't Parramatta's Nathan Brown just made for origin, don't surprised to see him into the mix early and being an absolute thug!

So who wins?

Well firstly, the betting you ask? NSW $1.29, QLD $3.50.

I can't see how NSW got any stronger with their changes, albeit mostly forced, whilst QLD almost certainly did.

NSW get home soil against a relatively inexperienced QLD side, but will it count for that much in the wash up?

When QLD straightened up in attack and upped the anti defensively last week, the Blues couldn't go with them. I can't see how this week will be any different and Maroons will go into this week beaming with confidence, you'd think they might be able to get out to a better start than what we saw in Game 1.

Yes I know, this time last year, QLD won the first game, the Blues destroyed them in Game 2 and went on to win the series.

I get it.

I am certainly not dismissing the strength of the Blues, they were raging hot favourites in Game 1, I can just sense that with the captaincy to his name that James Tedesco is going to have a blinder.

But there's something different about this QLD side, they're really embracing that underdog tag.

So sadly for Mr V'Landys and his team, who no doubt will be praying for a decider up at Suncorp, I am going to tip the mighty maroons again.

QLD by 10.

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