Origin Game 1: Man of the Match Preview

Who's got the inside running to be Man of the Match in State of Origin Game 1?

James Baxter
Tue, 4 Jun, 12:00 AM

Who's got the inside running to be Man of the Match in State of Origin Game 1? Oddschecker gives you the best bet and value bet from both Queensland and New South Wales.


Best bet: Kalyn Ponga ($9* - Sportsbet) is a game-changing superstar on fire at club level with Newcastle and has racked up the Dally M points in recent weeks – only Cameron Munster has more points out of the Queensland squad.

Ponga will thrive as an auxiliary playmaker to Munster and Daly Cherry-Evans, and you can be sure he’ll get his chance to tear New South Wales apart. Munster made this very clear in a press conference, bluntly saying “I won’t sugarcoat it, I will give Kalyn the ball.”

Value bet: Matt Gillett ($26* - TAB) is a veteran presence for the Maroons, their most experienced representative and their pack leader. Gillett will get big minutes, is always a threat of scoring and will work himself into the ground in his Origin return after a broken neck.

Even more promisingly is we know Gillett is capable of being an Origin man of the match – he did it in game 1, 2016 and if this game becomes a grind, the chances of a workhorse forward getting the nod such as Gillett increase.

New South Wales

Best bet: James Tedesco ($7* - Bet365) was arguably the Blues’ best in last year’s triumphant series, taking man of the match honours in game one and with New South Wales revamping their halves, will be a huge factor in their attack.

Phil Gould says in Origin though saving tries is more important than scoring, and with Tedesco’s last-ditch defence the best in the NRL, he’s more than capable of stealing the judges’ attention with a try-saver to silence the Suncorp faithful.

Value bet: Latrell Mitchell ($15* - BetEasy) is a big-game player and has a significant mental edge over Maroons counterpart Will Chambers. Mitchell has shown in 2019 he’s able of having a 10/10 performance (just ask the Tigers) and will relish any chance to take centre stage with ball in hand.

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