Wednesday (27/05/2015) State Of Origin Game 1 2015 match is between New South Wales Blues and Queensland Maroons. The opening bounce is set to commence at 20:30 local time with the game to be played at ANZ Stadium. The home team Queensland Maroons are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between New South Wales Blues and Queensland Maroons.
When: 20:30 | Wednesday 27/05/2015
Where: ANZ Stadium
New South Wales Blues team for State of Origin Game 1:
1. Josh Dugan, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Michael Jennings, 5. Will Hopoate, 6. Mitchell Pearce, 7. Trent Hodkinson, 8. James Tamou, 9. Robbie Farah (c), 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Beau Scott, 12. Ryan Hoffman, 13. Josh Jackson
Interchange: 14. Trent Merrin, 15. Boyd Cordner 16. David Klemmer, 17. Andrew Fifita
Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin Game 1:
1. Billy Slater*, 2. Darius Boyd, 3. Greg Inglis, 4. Justin Hodges, 5. Will Chambers, 6. Johnathan Thurston, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Matt Scott, 9. Cameron Smith (c) 10. Nate Myles, 11. Aidan Guerra, 12. Sam Thaiday, 13. Corey Parker
Interchange: 14. Michael Morgan, 15. Josh McGuire, 16. Matt Gillett, 17. Jacob Lillyman 18. Dylan Napa
It’s odd hearing Ryan Hoffman refer to NSW teammate Josh Jackson’s output as “rubbish”, but he says there’s no better word and that’s why he’s primed to make an impact in his State of Origin debut.
Jackson is the newest face in a formidable back row which will line up for the first game of NSW’s Origin shield defence at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night.
While Origin I will be Jackson’s maiden Blues jersey, the Canterbury back-rower is experienced for a rookie, having started in the 2012 and 2014 grand finals and made his Australian debut in last year’s Four Nations.
Hoffman said Jackson was the kind of player who has ready made for Origin because of his willingness to do the nitty gritty or “rubbish work”.
“Origin is a different beast all together but Josh was part of the squad last year,” Hoffman said.
“He was in camp and he got to experience it. He’s been bashing on the door for a while now wanting to get an Origin berth.
“You know what you want to get from Josh. He does a lot of that, for lack of a better term, the rubbish work.
“If you need someone to push up with you, he’ll be there. If you need someone to come through and make a tackle then that’ll be him.
The Blues will boast a monster bench after electing for a four forward rotation, with the Queenslanders giving more than 40kgs to their opponents.
Prop David Klemmer will be the Blues’ second debutant, starting off the bench, and Hoffman said he had a chance to make the spot his own.
Hoffman said Klemmer, who tips the scales at 120kg and stands at two metres tall, is blessed with self confidence and wouldn’t take a backwards step against the Maroons.
“Klem has made a nice little niche for himself coming off that bench,” Hoffman said.
“He’s a young and enthusiastic front rower and everyone loves to see the hard stuff.
“He’s not arrogant but he’s confident in his own ability. You take that any day of the week.”
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change