2013 State Of Origin Game 2 Team – NSW

June 18th, 2013

The New South Wales Blues will look to continue their winning form in the State Of Origin 2013 and secure their first series success in eight years having named a stellar team for Game II up at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane Wednesday week.

They started the favourites in State Of Origin betting for the opener down in Sydney and in a gritty performance they struck on a slow-starting Queensland side and held on in a hard fought 14 – 6 win for their ‘rookie’ Origin coach Laurie Daley.

On July 26 they will be after another win over the seven-series-straight winners the Maroons when they play they them in the sunshine state, Daley looking to retain the upper hand by naming St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan to replace the injured Jarryd Hayne.

The one-time bad boy of the NRL Dugan, sacked from his former Canberra club for behavioural and drinking issues, had played five games for the Dragons and makes his Origin return after missing the series last year.

He’s been in flying form of late however scoring in every game played for his new club and adding some serious strength to the Blues’ squad.

Hayne, the opening tryscorer five minutes into game one, was ruled out of game two after injuring his hamstring during Round 13’s club game where the Eels lost to the Sydney Roosters.

In an incident this week however Dugan was out drinking with former teammate Blake Ferguson, the latter subsequently charged by police for the indecent assault of a woman in a Cronulla nightclub over the weekend.

Ferguson, 23, made his Origin debut in game one this year but has been suspended from playing Rugby League at both club and representative level.

His replacement on the wing in the #5 jersey is 30-year-old Nathan Merritt from the South Sydney Rabbithos, the proven try scorer getting the call-up on Tuesday.

With 148 tries to his name and 213 NRL matches an Origin start has been a long time in the making for Merritt who will be proving he’s worthy of staying on for Game III as well.

In another change to the Blues team that beat the Maroons last time out, Wests Tigers prop Aaron Woods will make his Origin debut replacing the suspended James Tamou.

Josh Reynolds from the Bulldogs meanwhile will be on the bench instead of Kurt Gidley dropped for the second.

The rest of the team make-up remains the same including game one’s other two Blues’ point-scorers Michael Jennings and James Maloney.

In the current State Of Origin Game II odds New South Wales are the $2.55 outsiders with Queensland tipped to return to form at home with the likes of Johnathan Thurston having recovered from injury and illness which tainted their performances last time.

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2013 NSW State Of Origin Team (Game 2)

1. Josh Dugan (St George Illawarra)

2. Brett Morris (St George Illawarra)

3. Michael Jennings (Sydney)

4. Josh Morris (Canterbury)

5. Nathan Merritt (Canberra)

6. James Maloney (Sydney)

7. Mitchell Pearce (Sydney)

8. Paul Gallen (c) (Cronulla)

9. Robbie Farah (vc) (Wests Tigers)

10. Aaron Woods (Wests Tigers)

11. Ryan Hoffman (Melbourne)

12. Luke Lewis (Cronulla)

13. Greg Bird (Gold Coast)


14. Andrew Fifita (Cronulla)

15. Trent Merrin (St George Illawarra)

16. Josh Reynolds (Canterbury)

17. Anthony Watmough (Manly)