NSW Origin coach Laurie Daley is set to spring a selection shock for game two, with Dragons star Josh Dugan fancied to win a spot in the unfamiliar role of centre.
It shapes as the ultimate baptism of fire for Dugan, who played his first ever NRL game in the midfield last weekend.
A bloke by the name of Greg Inglis will be marking the 22 year old in the cauldron that is State of Origin, and online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au is predicting a tough time for the New South Welshman, with Inglis priced at $3.25 to score more tries in the match than his less experienced opponent ($4.75), with a tie priced at $1.70.
Inglis is also favoured to make more metres ($1.70) than Dugan ($1.88), but sportsbet.com.au couldn’t split the pair as far as the defensive side of things is concerned, with both priced at $1.88 to make the most tackles.
“Playing Dugan in the centres is a huge risk, but he has stepped up in Origin in his 3 games to date, albeit as a fullback. There’s nowhere to hide defensively against Greg Inglis and Dugan will certainly have his work cut out if selected,” said sportsbet.com.au’s Christian Jantzen.
Markets courtesy of sportsbet.com.au
Josh Dugan v Greg Inglis
$4.75 Josh Dugan
$3.25 Greg Inglis
Most Metres Gained
$2.10 Josh Dugan
$1.70 Greg Inglis
$1.88 Josh Dugan
$1.88 Greg Inglis
State of Origin Game 2 – Winner
$1.75 NSW (Out from $1.72)
$2.10 QLD (In from $2.15)
State of Origin – Series Winner
$1.35 NSW (In from $1.38)
$3.25 QLD (Out from $3.00)