State Of Origin 2014 Game 1 Queensland Team

May 20th, 2014

After eight straight series wins the dominant Queensland Maroons have named a very familiar squad to take on a struggling New South Wales Blues outfit for 2014 Holden State Of Origin Game 1 at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday May 28.

Queensland named their line-up on Monday night for the 100th clash between the states, and there were few surprises to the crew who will look to continue the legend with coach Mal Meninga rewarding the boys who have helped carve out an eight-year piece of history.

The only new kid on the block is Sydney Roosters back-rower Aidan Guerra, 26, who will make his State Of Origin debut for the Maroons.

Meninga though is confident Guerra’s big game experience as part of the Roosters Premiership winning side from last year, and his three Tests for Italy during the 2013 Ruby League World Cup, is enough.

As expected superstar fullback Billy Slater from the Melbourne Storm has hung onto his coveted No. 1 jersey despite a few rumors big Greg Inglis could challenge for the position.

On the wing are the Knights’ Darius Boyd and Brent Tate from the North Queensland Cowboys, both uninjured and ready to fly out wide.

In the centres are the in-form GI from the Rabbitohs and the Broncos’ Justin Hodges.

Inglis has been one of the best in the business this NRL season recently scoring what could arguably be the most brilliant individual try of the year, but for Hodges he’s only just come back from a serious injury and how he handles the return will be key.

Cowboys’ hero Johnathan Thurston is also in incredible, career-best form and was never not going to be named in five-eighth.

It’s the rep experience from the likes of JT, who plays on the Kangaroos squad with fellow Maroons’ Slater, Cronk and Smith, that really gives Queensland the upper hand again this year.

The half-back for Queensland then comes from the Melbourne Storm with the aforementioned Cooper Cronk securing the number seven despite his club’s poor lead-up form, and Daly Cherry-Evans fighting for the spot but eventually regulated to the bench.

In the front row Matt Scott, another Cowboy to be missed by his NRL team through the rep season, and the Titan’s Nate Myles are the hard hitting, tough tackling duo getting the job done.

Skipper and hooker is then the mighty Cameron Smith.

In the second row Chris McQueen from the Bunnies joins Brisbane’s Matt Gillett, McQueen coming off the bench last year but getting a starting line-up this year in place of the injured Sam Thaiday (calf).

McQueen is a surprise selection perhaps as he’s played off the bench in five of his six games for South Sydney.

Brisbane also provide lock Corey Parker who has what it takes to play a solid 80 minutes for the maroons.

On the extended bench are then Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly), Aiden Guerra (Roosters), Ben Te’o (Rabbitohs), Josh Papalii (Raiders), Jake Friend (Roosters) and Will Chambers (Storm).

Notable players missing out on a call-up meanwhile include Broncos’ duo Ben Hannant and Josh McGuire.

As unsurprising as the Queensland State of Origin Game 1 team is their odds to win the series opener, the Maroons paying $1.42 to the Blues $2.90 at Ladbrokes.com.au.

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Queensland Maroons Team Game 1

1. Billy Slater, 2. Darius Boyd, 3. Greg Inglis, 4. Justin Hodges, 5. Brent Tate, 6. Johnathan Thurston, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Matt Scott, 9. Cameron Smith (c), 10. Nate Myles, 18. Chris McQueen, 12. Matt Gillett, 13. Corey Parker. Interchange: 14. Daly Cherry-Evans, 15. Ben Te’o, 16. Aidan Guerra, 17. Josh Papalii, 19. Will Chambers, 20. Jake Friend. Coach: Mal Meninga.