Origin Game 2: First Try Scorer Preview & Tips

James Baxter
Tue, 18 Jun, 12:00 AM

State of Origin Game 2 is almost here – Queensland are looking to seal their 12th title in the last 14 years while New South Wales battle to take the series to a decider. But which player will be the first tryscorer? We’ve got best and value bets for the Maroons and Blues for you.

QUEENSLAND

Best bet: Corey Oates ($9* – Sportsbet) scored Queensland’s first try in game one to help turn the match’s momentum around. Oates offers his obvious aerial advantage and freakish finishing ability but he also can switch from wing to fullback when his side are attacking a goal-line, with his potential to become an angled battering ram runner further raising his try scoring potential. Oates has been first tryscorer for Brisbane twice already this campaign, scoring ten tries overall.

Value bet: Kalyn Ponga ($13* – Sportsbet) is on fire for Newcastle, the superstar fullback scoring seven tries in his last eight games, including being a first tryscorer in that hot streak. Nobody in the Maroons had more carries in Origin 1 than Ponga and he’ll be full on confidence to take on New South Wales at every opportunity early on.

NEW SOUTH WALES

Best bet: James Tedesco ($13* – Sportsbet) is a proven Origin first tryscorer, the brilliant fullback being the first to salute in game one last year. With how revamped the Blues’ backline is, the attacking responsibility on Tedesco’s shoulders only increases. The Roosters superstar has also been first tryscorer at NRL level as recently as round ten.

Value bet: Tom Trbojevic ($15* – Sportsbet) is a try scoring machine, the Manly star being rushed back into the Blues side following his lengthy injury layoff without a missing a beat. “Turbo Tom” has four tries in four starts for Manly (including being a first tryscorer) to go with two tries in his three NSW appearances last year.

Trbojevic is no stranger to playing away from his customary fullback position either, having played as a winger for the Blues last year. At centre he’s a major go-to weapon for the Blues to kickstart their attempt at a series decider.

*Odds subject to change

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