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The streak is on the line for the NSW Blues when they take on the Queensland Maroons in a blockbuster Do or Die Origin II clash at Optus Stadium in Perth.

The Blues have made massive changes in a desperate attempt to square up the series and force a decider at Suncorp Stadium, while the Maroons can wrap up the series with a Game 2 win.

Read on for the latest in Origin II prep.

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The Blues’ clash with the Maroons at Optus Stadium in Perth is officially sold out at the back of the series opener in Sydney, also reaching a capacity crowd.

“The National Rugby League (NRL) today announced that the Ampol State of Origin Two in Perth has officially sold out,” the NRL said in a statement.

“Following Queensland’s win in the series opener in Sydney, State of Origin’s first return to Optus Stadium since 2019 will be played to a full house.

“With only single tickets remaining for Game 3 in Brisbane, NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said the fans responded in an extraordinary way to ensure crowd capacity throughout the series.”

“The first game at the Accor stadium was sold out, now our return to Perth will also be played in front of a full house,” Abdo said.

Game 2 at Optus Stadium was sold out.Source: Getty Images

“The response from our supporters has confirmed Origin as the biggest rivalry in Australian sport with world-class entertainment for fans on and off the pitch.

“After the past few years dominated by restrictions and crowd caps, it’s fantastic to see capacity crowds at Origin cheering on their teams, especially at a world-class venue like Optus Stadium in neutral territory.”

Sunday’s match at Optus Stadium will feature ARIA-winning Australian rock band Grinspoon, who will headline a pre-match line-up that also includes a spectacular light show.

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Blues star Liam Martin’s mother has been banned from the internet by her children amid furor surrounding her son being branded a chow by Queensland.

Martin was branded the Blues’ biggest grub since Paul Gallen by the Queensland media and his mother Maxine was protective of her son in light of what she felt was unfair.

“When it happened, it was like the mama bear came out in me,” Maxine told 2Day FM’s Hughesy, Ed and Erin.

“When I watched the game I saw more facials than a beauty salon, they are all hard there.

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“I immediately called my kids when I read it, and they banned me from reading on the internet, banned me from their social networks.

“It’s not a pretty label – public enemy No. 1… or the food – it’s not a pretty label and I think, ‘woah, what’s going on here?’.

“When it first came out, I had a sleepless night on it.”

Liam Martin has been called grub.Source: Supplied


Queensland manager Billy Slater admits he will have to alter his trade rotation following the loss of Game 1 star Reuben Cotter.

The versatile Cowboys striker played 80 minutes on his debut meaning Josh Papalii played reduced minutes and Cotter gave Slater more flexibility in Game 1, a luxury he won’t have in Perth .

“Absolutely; he (Cotter) brought a lot and was a big part of what happened,” Slater told reporters.

“You have to rethink how you use your bench when you have a guy who played 80 like him.”

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Meanwhile, Maroons hooker Harry Grant has paid tribute to Queensland’s coaching staff and the influence Cameron Smith had on his and Ben Hunt’s performances in the opener.

“He was huge, and Billy, what they did for a lot of young players at the Storm and now at Origin camp, very special,” Grant said.

“It’s a different brand of football that they’ve played a lot of, so having them so accessible to pick their brains is great for us.

“They are so out there, easy to understand and give the information you need and ask for.”

Billy Slater will have to change his bench rotation.Source: Getty Images


New South Wales manager Brad Fittler has refused to apologize for making seven changes for the Blues to win against the Maroons in Origin II.

Fittler raised eyebrows for making so many changes despite his side almost forcing extra time in their 16-10 loss, but before the Perth clash Fittler was defiant.

“I have to pick a team that’s going to win and I don’t apologize for that,” Fittler said.

“It’s been a great week of training and I feel like we made some good decisions.”

Fittler made the changes in order to get a reaction from his players and the team and believes losing Game 1 won’t mean an automatic turnover in Game 2.

“We reacted,” Fittler said of his team’s response to the first loss.

“I think we went out and noted that we could do some things better. We have trained accordingly but that gives you no guarantee.

“We have to get there, just because you lost first doesn’t mean anything.”

Brad Fittler and James Tedesco.Source: Getty Images


Former Blues hooker Robbie Farah believes Panthers star Api Koroisau should have been the starting hooker for Game 1 but backed the call to play Damien Cook on the bench.

The Blues were outplayed on the ruck in the first game and Farah believes connecting Penrith will help the team early on and allow Cook to play to his strengths at the end of each half.

“I like it,” Farah told Fox Sports News.

“I thought he should have been there for the first game to be honest.

“I like Cooky coming off the bench using his speed against tired forwards.

“It also worked well for Queensland in the first game with Harry Grant coming off the bench.

“Makes sense. Api has the combination of Penrith there with Cleary and Luai in the half so he will be quite comfortable.

“Then we have the impact of Cook coming off the bench against a tired squad.”

Farah thinks Cook’s speed and running game was negated by the amount of defense he had to do at the start of Game 1.


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Damien Cook and Api KoroIsau will form a dynamic team.Source: Getty Images

“I think it helps to have Api and then Isaah Yeo in the middle doing a lot of ball playing alongside Cleary and Luai,” Farah said.

“I think it gives us a better balance across the park.

“Why waste Cook’s impact in the first 20 minutes when he’s doing all the D?

“Api can take control of the game and then Freddy can inject Cook at the right time in the game.”

However, Farah believes NSW need to improve defensively to allow their strong attack to play at the back.

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“I think the attack wasn’t really our problem,” Farah said.

“I think defensively we weren’t where we should have been.

“We conceded a few soft tries that you don’t really see in Origin, so defensively we have to be a lot better.”

Farah backed NSW to win and set up a successful decider in Brisbane.

“I think we’re going to win and obviously we have to win,” Farah said.

“We have won here in the past. A fast lane. We can’t be as bad as we were in the first game and obviously Queensland got away with the win, but I think we will be much better and make the decision.

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