NSW Blues vs Queensland Maroons, predictions, tips, man of the match, first try-scorer, teams - petsitterbank

NSW Blues vs Queensland Maroons, predictions, tips, man of the match, first try-scorer, teams

The NSW Blues were favorites once but stumbled in Game 1 against a Queensland Maroons side on the rise.

Now, Maroons coach Billy Slater has a chance to wrap up the series in Perth.

Fox Sports experts from both sides of the border give their full predictions of how it’s going to play out on Sunday night.

BRAITH ANASTA

Sun, 26 June

Sunday June 26th

WHO WINS & WHY? New South Wales. It’s a much more balanced side. They’ll control the ruck more in game two with more strike power. We will see a totally different team and performance in comparison to Game 1.

FINAL SCORE? NSW 24 – 8 QLD

MAN OF THE MATCH? Nathan Cleary

FIRST TRY SCORER? Stephen Crichton

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Blues withstand Qld arises in thriller! | 01:23

Steve Roach

WHO WINS & WHY? The Blues. They won’t be ambushed this time. NSW will be hurting from their performance in Sydney and there’s plenty of improvement on the side.

FINAL SCORE? NSW 28 – 10QLD

MAN OF THE MATCH? Matt Burton

FIRST TRY SCORER? Nathan Cleary

MICK ENNIS

WHO WINS & WHY? New South Wales. Isaah Yeo will play a terrific game and allow NSW to gain the upper hand in the ruck. I’m tipping Stephen Crichton to strike early in the game.

FINAL SCORE? NSW 21 – QLD 16

MAN OF THE MATCH? Isaiah Yeo

FIRST TRY SCORER? Stephen Crichton

COOPER CRONK

WHO WINS & WHY? Queensland. I expect QLD to start better than they did in Game 1 and hold onto their lead to secure the win.

FINAL SCORE? QLD 20 – 12 NSW

MAN OF THE MATCH? Josh Papalii

FIRST TRY SCORER? Josh Papalii

Terrific Taylor helps Blues down Maroons | 01:16

NATHAN HINDMARSH

WHO WINS & WHY? The Blues. NSW will be extra desperate to win because they have to and bringing in Koroisau as the starting hooker will provide a masterstroke for Freddy.

FINAL SCORE? NSW 18 – 16 QLD

MAN OF THE MATCH? Cameron Murray

FIRST TRY SCORER? Liam Martin

BEN ELIAS

WHO WINS & WHY? New South Wales. The Maroons did a brilliant job containing Nathan Cleary in game one, but I doubt they can do it again. The Panthers superstar will orchestrate the Blues attack once the likes of Isaah Yeo and Jake Trbojevic gain control of the ruck.

FINAL SCORE? NSW 30 – 12QLD

MAN OF THE MATCH? Nathan Cleary

FIRST TRY SCORER? Matt Burton

Billy Moore

WHO WINS & WHY? Queensland! I’m tipping the Maroons to wrap up the series in Perth with a pretty similar game plan to Game 1. Their superior ruck control and balance of their bench will be too good for the Blues.

FINAL SCORE? QLD 16 – 12 NSW

MAN OF THE MATCH? Tino Fa’asuamaleaui

FIRST TRY SCORER? Selwyn Cobb

“Obviously discussed how to nullify him” | 02:29

JAMES GRAHAM

WHO WINS & WHY? The Blues. They win in Perth because they have too, it’s as simple as that. They’ll be more desperate than Queensland.

FINAL SCORE? NSW 22 – 12QLD

MAN OF THE MATCH? Isaiah Yeo

FIRST TRY SCORER? Daniel Tupou

GEOFF TOOVEY

WHO WINS & WHY? New South Wales. While Freddy’s made a lot of changes I feel this is a much better balanced side and one that can match it with Queensland in the middle. I’m tipping Jake Trbojevic to score under the posts in the dying minutes for a Blues victory.

FINAL SCORE? NSW 18 – 16 QLD

MAN OF THE MATCH? Jake Trbojevic

FIRST TRY SCORER? Brian To’o

PAUL KENT

WHO WINS & WHY? Queensland. The Maroons are settled and have been prepared like a Melbourne Cup horse. They’ll wrap up the series in Perth.

FINAL SCORE? QLD 20 – 12 NSW

MAN OF THE MATCH? Cameron Munster

FIRST TRY SCORER? dane gagai

The 5 ref calls Blues were aggrieved by | 01:57

LARA PITT

WHO WINS & WHY? New South Wales. The Blues changes will make all the difference. The one-two punch of Koroisau & Cook, the class of Burton & the heart of Jake Trbojevic will prove too much for the Maroons.

FINAL SCORE? NSW 22 – 14 QLD

MAN OF THE MATCH? James Tedesco

FIRST TRY SCORER? Cameron Murray

BRENT READ

WHO WINS & WHY? Queensland. The Maroons will win because the wind is in their sails. They’ll finish the job in Perth.

FINAL SCORE? QLD 28 – 12 NSW

MAN OF THE MATCH? kalyn put

FIRST TRY SCORER? Felise Kaufusi

MARK ‘SPUDD’ CARROLL

WHO WINS & WHY? The Blues. It’s simple. We’ll win because we have to.

FINAL SCORE? NSW 26 – 10QLD

MAN OF THE MATCH? James Tedesco

FIRST TRY SCORER? Brian To’o

“Kaufusi the REAL villian of Origin” | 04:26

HANNAH HOLLIS

WHO WINS & WHY? Queensland. It will be an even wrestle that comes down to a Daly Cherry-Evans field goal to clinch the series in two.

FINAL SCORE? QLD 21 – 20 NSW

MAN OF THE MATCH? Daly Cherry Evans

FIRST TRY SCORER? Matt Burton

COREY PARKER

WHO WINS & WHY? Queensland will win because it’s very simple, they are Queenslanders!

FINAL SCORE? QLD 20 – 18 NSW

MAN OF THE MATCH? Valentine Holmes

FIRST TRY SCORER? Selwyn Cobb

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