State of Origin Game 2 LIVE: NSW vs Queensland score updates, video, stream
LIVE: State of Origin II
Full schedule for Origin 2 (all times AEST)
2:45pm – Precinct Opens
3:45pm – Gates Open
4:00pm – NSW Residents vs QLD Residents: kick-off
4:45pm – NSW Residents vs QLD Residents: halftime
5:00pm – NSW Residents vs QLD Residents: second half kick-off
5:45pm – NSW Residents vs QLD Residents: fulltime
6:45pm – Pre-match entertainment featuring Jet commences
7pm – Channel 9 TV coverage commences
7:35pm – Teams enter ANZ Stadium
7:37pm – National Anthem
7:40pm – State of Origin Game 2: New South Wales Blues vs Queensland Maroons kick-off
8:25pm – State of Origin Game 2: halftime
8:40pm – State of Origin Game 2: second half commences
9:25pm – State of Origin Game 2: fulltime
All eyes on NSW and tinkerman Brad Fittler ahead of State of Origin Game 2
The Blues coach has put his neck on the line again after making seven changes for the Perth clash
Welcome to Wide World of Sports’ live coverage of State of Origin II from Perth’s Optus Stadium. Follow the score and all the action here, with expert commentary and video highlights. Watch a FREE live stream of the game on 9NOW by clicking here.
The teams have been named and the battle lines drawn. State of Origin Game 2 is ready to rumble in Perth on Sunday night and, as usual, the focus has been near-completely upon the NSW Blues – and, more specifically, coach Brad Fittler’s team selection.
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Fittler has made seven changes to an Origin team that lost Game 1 by four points, including dropping the centre who a month ago was regarded as the best player in the world. Fittler has picked fullbacks in the centres. He has picked a seven who’ll play second-fiddle to the six. He has picked a tyro in the front-row and four back-rowers on the bench.
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And he has picked, arguably, a stronger team for Game 2 than he did for Game 1.
It’s arguable because chief enforcer, David Klemmer, is a huge miss for the Blues. His hard charges in the opener in Brisbane laid a platform of ragged, scattered, back-peddling Queenslanders into which the fleet-footed duo of James Tedesco and Damien Cook wrought havoc in the first 30 minutes.
But then Klemmer went off and the Maroons found starch in the guts. They swamped the Blues with committed, physical defence. They wrestled better, slowed things down such that Cook and Tedesco could scoot no more. Instead they made tackles. Cook would make 50 and Tedesco was the last line of defence against the multiple forays of Will Chambers, Cameron Munster, Dane Gagai and boy wonder, the remarkable Kalyn Ponga.
Those “generals” the Blues had in the halves, Cody Walker and Nathan Cleary, were inexperienced and effete. Their major weapon on the left, Latrell Mitchell, looked spent from the get-go. And the Maroons just kept on coming, bombarding the NSW line in defence and attack. There were only four points in it but the gulf was huge.