Queensland vs New South Wales Tips and Odds – State Of Origin 2021 Game 1

Queensland Country Bank Stadium will play host to Wednesday's State Of Origin 2021 game between Queensland and New South Wales. The game kicks off at 8:10 pm with New South Wales heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Queensland vs. New South Wales game and give you our free tips and bets.

When: Wednesday June 9, 2021 at 8:10 pm

Where: Queensland Country Bank Stadium

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Queensland vs New South Wales Odds

Queensland vs New South Wales Preview

Months of anticipation, speculation and talk are over – the 2021 State of Origin series begins on Wednesday night!

For the first time in the history of Australia’s fiercest rugby league rivalry, State of Origin goes regional for Game 1, and the New South Wales Blues will have to deal with a parochial Townsville crowd.

The Blues bottled the 2020 series as clear favourites, but the bookies are confident that they will bounce back in Game 1, and they have opened at odds of $1.50.

The Queensland spirit was on show in full force in November, and they represent terrific value to win Game 1 here at Neds ($2.45 at publish).

Check out our preview of both teams and our complete State of Origin Game 1 Tips below!


They’ve done it several times in their history, and Queensland pulled off another upset for the ages when a team of relative no-names outplayed, outwitted and outscored a New South Wales team that was full of stars in 2020.

With Wayne Bennett at the helm, they returned a truly special performance in Game 3, and with that belief surely fresh in their minds, they will be quietly confident of another upset in North Queensland.

New coach Paul Green has selected another very solid side for his Origin debut, captained by Daly Cherry-Evans and boasting big, mobile forwards and a fast backline. There is scoring potential across the entire side, and they are capable of plenty of points.

New South Wales

Coach Brad Fitler didn’t have the answers for Bennett’s boys in 2020, and the Blues legend has made several key changes to his side for State of Origin Game 1.

The team is (understandably) stacked with Penrith Panthers, and stalwart halfback Nathan Cleary has been joined in the halves by Jarome Luai.

The prolific Tom Trbojevic returns after missing last year’s series through injury, while the Blues’ wealth of forward talent has been bolstered by names like Tariq Sims and Liam Martin.

Gelling has been the biggest issue that the Blues have faced in recent seasons; when they’ve put it all together, they’ve proven to be far too good, and if they can find some sort of consistency in 2021, they are a chance of winning the series 3-0.

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Queensland vs New South Wales Teams

QUEENSLAND (likely): 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Xavier Coates 3. Dane Gagai 4. Kurt Capewell 5. Kyle Feldt 6. Cameron Munster 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (c) 8. Christian Welch 9. Harry Grant 10. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 11. David Fifita 12. Felise Kaufusi 13. Jai Arrow. Bench: 14. AJ Brimson 15. Moeaki Fotuaika 16. Joe Ofahengaue 17. Jaydn Su’A. 18th man: Coen Hess, 19th man: Ben Hunt (replaces Reed Mahoney).

NEW SOUTH WALES: 1. James Tedesco 2. Brian To’o 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Tom Trbojevic 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Daniel Saifiti 9. Damien Cook 10. Jake Trbojevic 11. Cameron Murray 12. Tariq Sims 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Jack Wighton 15. Junior Paulo 16. Payne Haas 17. Liam Martin 18. Api Koroisau 19. Campbell Graham.