State Of Origin 2018

As well as the action of the annual NRL Telstra Premiership the Rugby League season in Australia is highlighted by a number of representative matches including the coveted State of Origin series.

The State of Origin Odds are primarily broken down on the head to head market played between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues. It’s a fierce clash that pits mate against mate and state against state in a time honoured Rugby League rivalry dating back to its inaugural series in 1980.

Considered the toughest representative Rugby League competition in not only Australia but the world, huge numbers of fans tune in for the series that provides plenty of top State of Origin betting opportunities as well.

The series as we know it today is a best-of-three clash with the teams featuring the season’s best NRL players. Held between June and July the Maroons and Blues compete for the State of Origin shield and considerable bragging rights.

2018 State Of Origin Series

The State Of Origin 2018 Series sees the first ever match played outside of Sydney or Brisbane with the Blues hosting a “home game” in Victoria at the MCG.

There is also the first stand-alone Sunday of State Of Origin footy scheduled for Game II at the end of June, before the series is decided with the Maroons hosting the third game at the old Lang Park.

Game 1: Blues v Maroons

  • Date: Wednesday June 6, 2018
  • Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
  • Series Score: NSW 1 – QLD 0
  • Results & Wrap-Up: It was hardly the QLD of old. The Maroons were blown off the turf at the MCG on Wednesday night, going down 22-12 in Game 1. The spark was missing from QLD with the speedy Blues proving too strong for the Maroons.  James Tedesco, Latrell Mitchell, Tom Trbojevic and Josh Addo-Carr all crossed the line for NSW, and while the Blues carved it up through midfield, QLD was left wondering how they can combat such a potent attack ahead of Game 2.

Queensland Origin Team:

  • 1. Michael Morgan
  • 2. Valentine Holmes
  • 3. Greg Inglis (C)
  • 4. Will Chambers
  • 5. Dane Gagai
  • 6. Cameron Munster
  • 7. Ben Hunt
  • 8. Dylan Napa
  • 9. Andrew McCullough
  • 10. Jarrod Wallace
  • 11. Gavin Cooper
  • 12. Felise Kaufusi
  • 13. Josh McGuire
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  • 14. Michael Morgan
  • 15. Josh Papalii
  • 16. Cohen Hess
  • 17. Jai Arrow

New South Wales Origin Team:

  • 1. James Tedesco
  • 2. Josh Addo-Carr
  • 3. James Roberts
  • 4. Latrell Mitchell
  • 5. Tom Trbojevic
  • 6. James Maloney
  • 7. Nathan Cleary
  • 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard
  • 9. Damien Cook
  • 10. David Klemmer
  • 11. Boyd Cordner (C)
  • 12. Tyson Frizell
  • 13. Jack de Belin
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  • 14. Paul Vaughan
  • 15. Jake Trbojevic
  • 16. Angus Crichton
  • 17. Tyrone Peachey
  • Tariq Sims
  • Nick Cotric

 

Game 2: Blues v Maroons

  • Date: Sunday June 24, 2018
  • Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
  • Series Score: NSW 2 – QLD 0
  • Results & Wrap-Up: NSW were galvanized by a blue sea home crowd to a first State of Origin Series win since 2014. The Blues were victorious by a slender 4 points to take the state of origin shield away from QLD who have enjoyed having it for 11 of the past 13 years. Latrell Mitchell was again instrumental in attack as he carved up the QLD’s right side and crossed again in Game 2. Unfortunately no decider for fans this year but Game 3 should be entertaining nonetheless as both teams will be experimenting and include more debutants.

Queensland Origin Team:

  • 1. Billy Slater
  • 2. Valentine Holmes
  • 3. Greg Inglis (C)
  • 4. Will Chambers
  • 5. Dane Gagai
  • 6. Cameron Munster
  • 7. Ben Hunt
  • 8. Dylan Napa
  • 9. Andrew McCullough
  • 10. Jarrod Wallace
  • 11. Gavin Cooper
  • 12. Felise Kaufusi
  • 13. Josh McGuire
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  • 14. Kalyn Ponga
  • 15. Josh Papalii
  • 16. Coen Hess
  • 17. Jai Arrow
  • 18. Tim Glasby

New South Wales Origin Team:

  • 1. James Tedesco
  • 2. Tom Trbojevic
  • 3. James Roberts
  • 4. Latrell Mitchell
  • 5. Josh Add0-Carr
  • 6. James Maloney
  • 7. Nathan Cleary
  • 8. David Klemmer
  • 9. Damien Cook
  • 10. Matt Prior
  • 11. Boyd Cordner (C)
  • 12. Tyson Frizell
  • 13. Jack de Belin
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  • 14. Paul Vaughan
  • 15. Jake Trbojevic
  • 16. Angus Crichton
  • 17. Tyrone Peachey

Game 3: Maroons v Blues

  • Date: Wednesday July 11, 2018
  • Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
  • Series Score: NSW 2-1
  • Results & Wrap-Up: Even though Game 3 at Suncorp Stadium appeared a non-event it turned out to be quite the game of football with plenty of excitement and an open feel about it. Billy Slater’s last game in the Maroon colours would see a win for QLD and a good performance from the QLD team to avoid the brooms in the series. A bittersweet moment for the origin fullback mainstay as he was given his 2nd Wally Lewis medal for player of the series – controversy not withstanding as he didnt play the first game.

 

State of Origin Odds & Betting

State of Origin betting provides fans with lots of chances to support their state and get behind the game’s best NRL players at representative level.

There are State of Origin odds offered on everything from the overall series winners to the Wally Lewis Medal winner awarded to the best player of the season.

The standard head-to-head NRL odds are also open for all three State of Origin games with either Queensland or New South Wales favourites in betting depending on factors like team selections and the results of earlier games.

The most popular markets are the State of Origin Series Winners with even odds usually open on both teams pre-season.

State Of Origin Odds

State Of Origin Betting at Ladbrokes is hugely popular

State of Origin Teams

Just two teams face off in the State of Origin series with Queensland taking on New South Wales as the country’s two leading Rugby League states come face to face.

State of Origin history between “The Maroons” and “The Blues” dates back to the 1980s and Queensland are colloquially known as “Cane Toads” and New South Wales as “Cockroaches”. Each season selectors draw players from across the 16 NRL Teams to play in State of Origin, the representative players subsequently missing Premiership games for their clubs that impacts NRL betting.

State of Origin players are selected according to the state for which they played their first senior rugby league games.

State of Origin Records & Facts

State of Origin history shows some incredible rugby league records have been achieved during the series with team records dominated by Queensland who have defeated the Blues more times in both consecutive games and series over the years.

Team Records

  • Largest Winning Margin: 46 points – Queensland 52 vs 6 New South Wales in Game 3, 2015
  • Most Consecutive Games Won: 8 games – Queensland from Game 3 1987 – Game 3 1989
  • Most Consecutive Series Won: Queensland (2006 – 2013)

Player Records

  • Most Games Played: 42 – QLD’s Cameron Smith (2003 – present)
  • Most Consecutive Games Played: 36 – QLD’s Johnathan Thurston (2005 – 2016)
  • Most Games Captained: 41 – QLD’s Cameron Smith (2003 – 2017)
  • Most Points Scored: 212 – QLD’s Johnathan Thurston (2005 – present)
  • Most Tries Scored: 17 – QLD’s Greg Inglis (2006 – present)

Coaching Records

  • Queensland’s coach from 2006 – 2015 Mal Meninga holds all of the State of Origin coaching record for the most games (33), most wins (22) and most series victories

State of Origin Winners

YEAR WINNER RUNNERS UP SERIES RESULT
2018 NEW SOUTH WALES QUEENSLAND 2-1
2017 QUEENSLAND NEW SOUTH WALES 2-1
2016 QUEENSLAND NEW SOUTH WALES 2-1
2015 QUEENSLAND NEW SOUTH WALES 2-1
2014 NEW SOUTH WALES QUEENSLAND 2-1
2013 QUEENSLAND NEW SOUTH WALES 2-1
2012 QUEENSLAND NEW SOUTH WALES 2-1
2011 QUEENSLAND NEW SOUTH WALES 2-1
2010 QUEENSLAND NEW SOUTH WALES 3-0
2009 QUEENSLAND NEW SOUTH WALES 2-1
2008 QUEENSLAND NEW SOUTH WALES 2-1
2007 QUEENSLAND NEW SOUTH WALES 2-1
2006 QUEENSLAND NEW SOUTH WALES 2-1
2005 NEW SOUTH WALES QUEENSLAND 2-1