Rugby League Betting State of Origin Game 1

May 26th, 2010

Tonight the 30th annual State of Origin series kicks off in Sydney when the NSW Blues face off against the QLD Maroons at ANZ Stadium.

As always, tension and spirits are at a peak leading up to this coveted State v State, Mate v Mate blockbuster as Queensland look to atone for their game three loss in Sydney last year.

The Maroons have dominated Origin in recent history, taking out the past four series in succession, and if successful again this year they will break the record and enter the history books with a fifth consecutive series win.

New South Wales are revved up and ready to stop the cane toads in their tracks, and after a series of serious pre-match injury issues, Queensland have drifted out to the $2.02 underdogs with Ladbrokes.com.au.

The Blues look very aggressive and very dangerous for this series opener, especially down their left-side with a trio of impressive St George Illawarra Dragons boys. Ben Creagh, Matt Cooper and Brett Morris, the leading tryscorer in the 2010 NRL, will play second-row, centre and on the wing for the Blues and together they look very imposing.

This, Queensland’s poor record at ANZ Stadium, and the loss of Cameron Smith for the Maroons, are all reasons why New South Wales have shortened in the Rugby League betting markets, currently the $1.83 favourites with Ladbrokes.com.au for tonight’s match.

But the Maroons still have a top class line-up and there are plenty of reasons why Queensland shouldn’t be dismissed just yet.

There has been a lot of negative media attention surrounding the weakened club combos for Queensland this year after Melbourne’s Cameron Smith succumbed to an elbow injury and was removed from game one’s squad. But with Billy Slater and big Greg Inglis still fired up for a win, and Lockyer there once more to lead the way, the Maroons have plenty of points in them.

For a detailed preview of the 2010 Harvey Norman State of Origin Game one visit NRLleague and stay up to date with the latest Origin news, odds and results at State of Origin Betting.

The best online bookmaker for all State of Origin betting is Ladbrokes.com.au, whose Origin markets are red hot!

Competitive Head-to-Head wagers and exotic betting markets for game one tonight can be found at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Ladbrokes.com.au have also opened a unique State of Origin betting market for tonight with their 2 Chances to Win on the 1st Try Scorer wager.

Punters who back a player to score the first try in the combined market get a second chance to win if their selection misses out on scoring the first four-pointer, as Ladbrokes.com.au will pay out the bet if the player scores the final try of the game!

Check out the odds for this special as well as the Half Time Margin, 1st Scoring Play, Man of the Match and many other great bet types for the State of Origin at Ladbrokes.com.au and get behind your state and favourite players before tonight’s game!