2013 State Of Origin Game 2 Team – QLD

June 18th, 2013

In an attempt to match the enthusiasm of an improving New South Wales Blues squad the Queensland Maroons selectors have made a couple of tough calls and injected two new players into their team for State Of Origin 2013 Game II at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday week, July 26.

Queensland shoot for their incredible eighth straight series win this season but game two is a must win for the Canetoads if they are to stay in touch with that achievement after they lost 14 – 6 to the Blues down in Sydney in the opener.

They get the home ground advantage for round two next week however and their line-up will include two new faces to help get them home with Manly’s Daly Cherry-Evans and Josh Papalii among the confirmed 17.

Both Cherry-Evans and tough 21-year-old Canberra back rower Papalii will start off the bench along with the Broncos Matt Gillett and the Rabbitohs powerful second rower Ben Te’o who is playing through his off-field controversy.

But the new boys on the block come at the expense of two players dropped from the squad with Ashley Harrison and David Shillington both not having done enough in their coach Mal Meninga’s mind to earn a call-up this time.

“It’s always difficult making changes,” Meninga, who will eclipse Wayne Bennett’s 22 game record as the most-capped Maroons coach in history when game two plays, said at Tuesday’s press conference.

“We’ve got a culture of loyalty and we had to make some tough decisions.

“I thought more enthusiasm in game two was important so I made the tough choices in game two and hopefully we’re on the right path…hopefully moving forward we’ve made all the right decisions

“We needed some fresh blood into the side as well.”

Positions 1 – 7 remain unchanged for the Maroons from game one including of course lethal fullback Billy Slater, star centre Greg Inglis, Brent Tate on the wing and a revived Johnathan Thurston as five-eighth – JT having played below his best last time with injury and illness getting the better of him.

After that there’s been a couple of other shake-ups however with #10 Nate Myles, player of the series last year, coming into the front-row while the often underrated Corey Parker and versatile Bunny Chris McQueen get their chance at the back after impressing off the bench last match.

Despite going down to the Blues in the first Queensland are the favourites for round two currently paying $1.53 in the State Of Origin odds at bookmaker.com.au while New South Wales’ supporters can get their boys at $2.55 to secure the series.

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2013 QLD State Of Origin Team (Game 2)

1. Billy Slater (Melbourne Storm)

2. Darius Boyd (Newcastle Knights)

3. Greg Inglis (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

4. Justin Hodges (Brisbane Broncos)

5. Brent Tate (North Queensland Cowboys)

6. Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland Cowboys)

7. Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm)

8. Matt Scott (North Queensland Cowboys)

9. Cameron Smith (c) (Melbourne Storm)

10. Nate Myles (Gold Coast Titans)

11. Chris McQueen (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

12. Sam Thaiday (Brisbane Broncos)

13. Corey Parker (Brisbane Broncos)

Interchange:

14. Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly Sea Eagles)

15. Ben Te’o (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

16. Matt Gillett (Brisbane Broncos)

17. Josh Papalii (Canberra Raiders)

18. Martin Kennedy (Sydney Roosters)