State Of Origin 2014 Game 2 New South Wales Team

June 11th, 2014

The New South Wales Blues have made a number of changes to their team selection for Game 2 of the 2014 State Of Origin clash taking place next Wednesday at ANZ Stadium on June 18.

The Laurie Daley-coached side kicked off the series with an upset 12 – 8 victory over the Queensland Maroons in Game 1 as they look to break an eight year losing streak.

New South Wales are clear $1.33 favourites at Ladbrokes.com.au to win the 2014 State Of Origin series

Injury has ripped apart the Queensland squad for the second game, and it is injury that has also forced two of the three changes to the New South Wales Game 2 State Of Origin team.

Twin brothers Brett and Josh Morris were both outstanding in the opener but will both miss the second of the series after hurting themselves in their brave performances.

St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan then gets a chance to come back in and prove his worth, the former Blues No. 1 having been omitted from Game 1 in favour of Jarryd Hayne.

The star of the side, Hayne keeps his fullback position next week having earned Man Of The Match honors last time.

Dugan then will switch into the centres, a move Daley says isn’t to cover the loss of Josh Morris but one he’d had in mind six weeks ago well before the loss of the twins in Origin 1.

To replace Josh’s brother out on the right win then is speedster Will Hopoate who joins his Eels stablemate Hayne.

The two replacements could also be interchangeable according to Daley who said forwards like Beau Scott and Luke Lewis could fill the centres if Dugan went out to the wing.

“If we decide to play [Dugan] on the wing and Will in the centres, if we want we can start with Beau Scott or Luke Lewis in the centres and bring one of those guys off the bench – we’ve got a number of options so we’ll keep it open but we’re confident the players will do the job,” he told NRL.com.

The third and final change to the Blues’ squad is then the inclusion of the Titans’ Greg Bird who missed Game 1 due to a two-game suspension for a lifted tackle.

His availability and call-up here in the back row has forced Daley to drop Tony Williams off the bench.

After holding his own in his Origin debut in Origin 1 the Roosters’ Daniel Tupou retains the number five jersey, while the star Canterbury Bulldogs’ halves comb of Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson stay where they are looking to help secure a Game 2 and overall series win for the boys south of the Tweed.

Having beaten a strong Queensland outfit at home last time out, the Blues are now at full-strength against a depleted Maroon squad playing the second in Sydney giving New South Wales the advantage in the State Of Origin odds.

The home team are the clear $1.33 favourites to secure their first series win in eight years while Queensland are out to $3.30 to win the series with an upset next week and in the closer.

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New South Wales Team Game 2

1. Jarryd Hayne (Parramatta Eels)

2. Will Hopoate (Parramatta Eels)

3. Josh Dugan (St George Illawarra Dragons)

4. Michael Jennings (Sydney Roosters)

5. Daniel Tupou (Sydney Roosters)

6. Josh Reynolds (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)

7. Trent Hodkinson (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)

8. Paul Gallen (c) (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)

9. Robbie Farah (Wests Tigers)

10. Aaron Woods (Wests Tigers)

11. Ryan Hoffman (Melbourne Storm)

12. Beau Scott (Newcastle Knights)

13. Greg Bird (Gold Coast Titans)

Interchange

14. James Tamou (North Queensland Cowboys)

15. Anthony Watmough (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)

16. Trent Merrin (St George Illawarra Dragons)

17. Luke Lewis (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)