2023 State of Origin Game 1 - Game Day Thread

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Game Day Information

:rugby_football: Match Mens Queensland Maroons v New South Wales Blues
Womens New South Wales Sky Blues v Queenslad Maroons
:stadium: Venue Mens Adelaide Oval, Adelaide SA
Womens Commbank Stadium, Parramarra NSW
:clock10: Time Mens Wednesday 30th May 2023 8:05pm
Womens Thursday 1st June 2023 7:45pm
:tickets: Tickets Mens Available via Ticketek
Womens Available via Ticketek
:sun_behind_rain_cloud: Weather Mens :cloud: Cloudy 15°C (:cloud_with_rain: Chance of Rain: 21% / :wind_face: Wind: N 19km/h )
Womens :full_moon: Clear 16°C (:cloud_with_rain: Chance of Rain: <1% / :wind_face: Wind: NW 6km/h )
:tv: Broadcast M/W :tv: Channel Nine (FTA) [LIVE]
M/W :tv: Fox League (Channel 502) [DELAYED (M)] [LIVE (W)]
M/W :desktop_computer: NRL Live Pass [LIVE]
M/W :kayo: Kayo Sports [DELAYED (M)] [LIVE (W)]
:radio: ABC Sydney 702AM [LIVE]
:radio: MMM Sydney 104.9FM [LIVE]

:rugby_football: Mens State of Origin 1 | Full Time

Queensland Maroons 26 Tries Selwyn Cobbo (2), Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (2), Cameron Munster.
Goals Valentine Holmes (3/5)
NSW Blues 18 Tries Liam Martin, Apisai Koroisau, Stephen Crichton.
Goals Nathan Cleary (3/3)


:rugby_football: Womens State of Origin 1 | Full Time

Queensland Maroons 18 Tries Julia Robinson (2), Tazmin Gray, Emily Bass.
Goals Zahara Temara (1/4)
NSW Sky Blues 10 Tries Jessica Sergis, Jaime Chapman.
Goals Jesse Southwell (1/2)


Teams & Officials


Queensland Maroons NSW Blues
Reece Walsh 1 FB 1 James Tedesco ©
Selwyn Cobbo 2 WG 2 Brian To’o
Valentine Holmes 3 CE 3 Stephen Crichton :small_red_triangle:
Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 4 CE 4 Tom Trbojevic
Murray Taulagi 5 WG 5 Josh Addo-Carr
Cameron Munster 6 FE 6 Jarome Luai
© Daly Cherry-Evans 7 HB 7 Nathan Cleary
:small_orange_diamond: Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 15 PR 8 Tevita Pangai Junior
Ben Hunt 9 HK 9 Apisai Koroisau
:small_orange_diamond: Reuben Cotter 16 PR 10 Payne Haas
David Fifita 11 SR 11 Tyson Frizell
Tom Gilbert 12 SR 12 Hudson Young
Patrick Carrigan 13 LK 13 Isaah Yeo
:small_orange_diamond: Thomas Flegler 8 INT 14 Junior Paulo
:small_orange_diamond: Lindsay Collins 10 INT 15 Cameron Murray
Harry Grant 16 INT 16 Liam Martin
Jai Arrow 17 INT 17 Nicho Hynes
Tom Dearden 18 RSV 20 Matt Burton :small_red_triangle:
Christian Welch 19 RSV 19 Stefano Utoikamanu
Billy Slater HC HC Brad Fittler
Johnathan Thurston AC AC Greg Alexander
Cameron Smith AC AC Paul McGregor
Josh Hannay AC


NSW Sky Blues Queensland Maroons
Emma Tonegato 1 FB 1 Tamika Upton
Jaime Chapman 2 WG 2 Julia Robinson
Jessica Sergis 3 CE 3 Shenae Ciesiolka
© Isabelle Kelly 4 CE 4 Evania Pelite
Tiana Penitani 5 WG 5 Emily Bass
Jesse Southwell 6 FE 6 Tarryn Aiken
Rachael Pearson 7 HB 7 Zahara Temara
Kezie Apps 8 PR 8 Shannon Mato
Keeley Davis 9 HK 9 Destiny Brill
Millie Boyle 10 PR 10 Keilee Joseph
Olivia Kernick 11 SR 11 Tazmin Gray
Yasmin Clydsdale 12 SR 12 Shaniah Power
Kennedy Cherrington 13 LK 13 Ali Brigginshaw ©
Taliah Fuimaono 14 INT 14 Emma Manzelmann
Sarah Togatuki 15 INT 15 Jessika Elliston
Brooke Anderson 16 INT 16 Sophie Holyman
Shaylee Bent 17 INT 17 Romy Teitzel
Ellie Johnston 18 RSV 18 China Polata
Quincy Dodd 19 RSV 19 Makenzie Weale
Kylie Hilder HC HC Tahnee Norris
Ruan Sims AC AC Nathan Cross
Kate Mullaly AC AC Brett O’Farrell

Match Officials

Mens Womens
Referee Ashley Klein Adam Gee
Sideline Official Drew Oultram Dave Munro
Phil Henderson Belinda Sharpe
Video Referee Grant Atkins Wyatt Raymond

In someway this game one could be termed “Fittlers last stand”.

Loose this and it’s a hard ask playing game 2 at Suncorp.

He’s gone with experience over form, otherwise there would be no way you play either Teddy or Turbo. One game does not make up for a poor season.

Loose this and a different team takes the field at Suncorp. As much as I believe Edwards should be the blues fullback (as well as Burton in the centres), I don’t want to see players careers burned in the cauldron fo a lost cause that will be game 2.

Save the blooding of new players for the dead rubber that may well be the Sydney game

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I hope we get towelled up and all the Penrith players get dropped :rofl:

Stuff the origin…I WANT A 3 PEAT


I’ve never been a huge fan of the SOO format. I’d rather see it on 3 stand alone weekends, so that clubs don’t lose players, or possibly even after the GF.


Sounds like you are playing the same record that I have been playing since the beginning of time.


The Wednesday night games are only for tv ratings. Who wants to get on the drink midweek or travel when they have to work the next day.

It also adds terrible congestion to peak hour traffic, train delays, non existent bus services etc.

And of course on a stand alone Saturday night, with all teams having the weekend off, no disruption to the season.

You could even have other state games and international games on the same weekend.

I feel like I make the same post every year.


They could easily have a full weekend of games.

Men’s & Women’s SOO.

U/17 & U/19 boys & girls SOO

City v country (NSW & Queensland)

Emerging states games

Pacific Islands games

NZ north island v South Island


I’m on board with all Panthers getting dropped.


I know I’m being a killjoy, but I can’t wait til the whole thing is finished. I can’t stand SOO, all the overhyped, overblown coverage for bloody weeks as though it’s bigger than Climate Change, the Middle East Peace Solution etc etc. Turns me off so much that I haven’t watched it for at least 5 years, and I won’t be watching this year, either.

One story gives some perspective about how toxic the whole thing is. My partner was up in North Qld around the Torres Straits for work a few years ago. She was talking to the local women, who all wanted Qld to win. When she asked why, she got the reply:

“'Cos when Qld win, we don’t get bashed.”


Team Announcements


New South Wales Blues Team Announcement

Queensland Maroons Team Announcement


New South Wales Sky Blues Team Announcement

Queensland Maroons Team Announcement

Late Mail: Finals Teams Confirmed


Billy Slater has made two late changes in his pack with Tino Fa’asuamaleaui:small_orange_diamond: and Reuben Cotter:small_orange_diamond: promoted to the starting side an hour before kick-off. Thomas Flegler:small_orange_diamond: and Lindsay Collins:small_orange_diamond: will come from the bench.

Cameron Munster is good to go after entering camp with a rib injury. The Maroons have a number of question marks about the make-up of their side with David Fifita likely to play on the left edge and Thomas Gilbert on the right while Ben Hunt is tipped to start at hooker with Harry Grant coming off the bench.

New South Wales

Brad Fittler has made no late changes for the Blues with Tevita Pangai Junior and Hudson Young confirmed starters on Origin debut.

After a whirlwind week of withdrawals and injuries, Stephen Crichton:small_red_triangle: will start on the left edge in place of Latrell Mitchell:injured: , who was ruled out of Origin I with a calf injury on Monday.

Bulldogs playmaker Matt Burton:small_red_triangle: is the new 18th Man. Nathan Cleary (wisdom tooth) is good to go, as is Payne Haas (ankle) after concerns throughout the week.

All eyes will be on what Nicho Hynes’ involvement in Game One could be with the reigning Dally M medallist capable of playing in the halves, at fullback, or in a general roving role.

Api Koroisau is the only recognised hooker named in the squad and appears set for big minutes.


Great to see Martin get a try.

Tedesco hasn’t got out of second gear all game, and at best Tommy Turbo is either idling or in neutral.

To’o having a blinder, Critta is rocks and diamonds as to be expected.

Tyson Frizel one of NSW best.

Cleary and Luai both going pretty well

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Teddy is hogging the ball when he gets it. I saw a few times he had players open, but didn’t use them & got tackled.

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I ended up watching it after all - the 2nd half, anyway.

Dylan Edwards for Origin 2. Tedesco’s hopelessly out of form.


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I feel that Tedesco was using the ball he got to make a statement (considering the Roosters and his poor form this season).

Sadly for “Teddy” the statement he made was that he is well past his prime and probably should be replaced.


Last night was the perfect example of why you should pick on form & not reputation.

I know that people will say things like “He’s the captain” & “He can turn it in when it counts”, but that doesn’t fly with me.

His club form has been down all year, and he proved last night that he couldn’t just turn it on.

Last night he was the difference between the 2 teams, and unfortunately not in a good way. Captain or not. I think it’s time for him to step aside.

Edwards has been the form fullback for the last 3 seasons, but is being overlooked.


I hope they drop all the Panthers

Hynes for Cleary
Walker for Luai
Murray for Yeo
Mitchell for Crichton
Crichton for Martin
Anyone for To’o

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