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State of Origin Tips & Betting Advice

Bettingpro.com.au writers have you covered for the 2018 State of Origin series. We provide you with free State of Origin betting tips and predictions across the series as New South Wales and Queensland battle it out. Our Origin predictions and best bets include match previews for all three games and selections for the series as well as the latest State of Origin odds.

2018 State of Origin Series Schedule

Queensland will be the defending champions once again in 2018 after winning the 2017 State of Origin series 2-1. The Maroons won Games 2 and 3 to seal a come-from-behind series victory and retain the Origin shield.

Neither side will have an advantage of playing at home twice in 2018 with the opening game being played on neutral ground at the MCG in Melbourne on June 6. 

Game 2 will be played at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on a Sunday on June 24 when New South Wales will have home advantage.

The potential Origin decider will be staged at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on July 11 when Queensland hosts Game 3.

2018 State of Origin series schedule: 

Latest State Of Origin News & Tips/

STATE OF ORIGIN BETTING TIPS

History is with Queensland heading into the 2018 State of Origin series, but can New South Wales win for only the second time since 2006? The Blues and the Maroons have an intriguing battle in store across the three-game Origin series and we provide you the best analysis and State of Origin tips and predictions throughout the series.

Read our Game 1 Preview and Predictions ahead of the opening game of the series at the MCG on June 6.

Where To Bet on State of Origin: Best Bookmakers

Traditionally you would head to the TAB and place you bets but you can now join bookmakers like LadbrokesCrownBet or Sportsbet online to setup an account and bet from the comfort of your own home or office. 

If you are looking for the best bookmaker for footy betting then there are plenty of option to choose from in Australia. Are you looking for competitive odds? Is it special offers that you want to take advantage of? Do you place same-game multibets on Origin? It is important to choose the right corporate bookie to suit your betting requirements. 

We have ranked the best bookmakers for betting on Origin below and you can read more about them in our reviews HERE.

Betting on State of Origin

State of Origin needs no introduction to NRL footy fans...it's the most anticipated three games of the year as New South Wales and Queensland go head-to-head in the State of Origin series.

Queensland are the reigning champions having regained the Origin shield in 2015 and won it again in 2016.

Will the Maroons do it again and continue their dominance over the last decade? Or will the Blues return to winning ways?

You can bet on the series winner and series score or get involved with the in-depth State of Origin betting odds on each of the three games. 

Bet on the outcome of each game, the winning margin or how about betting on the first player to score a try, the time of the first try or even whether more points will be scored in the first or second half. The list goes on. 

There are also plenty of offers and money back specials from the bookmakers each weekend to take advantage of, all of which are detailed in our promotions section where you can take advantage of them.

STATE OF ORIGIN: HOW TO BET ON MATCHES

You can place a huge array of different bets on rugby league and we look at some of the most popular ones. 

HEAD-TO-HEAD: Head to Head betting is the easiest way to have a punt on most sports matches. Simply select who you think will win the game and if they emerge victorious so do you.

LINE BETTING and HANDICAP BETTING: Line betting is when the bookmaker handicaps a team by setting a specific margin with the aim on making the game even between the two sides. For example, if the bookmaker believes Team A is a 10-point better team than Team B, they will handicap Team A by 10 points. The line therefore becomes Team A to beat Team B by more than 10 points or Team B to come within 10 points of Team A. Then both outcomes become equal odds, which is ultimately around $1.90 the majority of the time.

WINNING MARGINS: Margin betting is when the bookmaker breaks up the number of possible end results by putting in a margin. The punter must therefore select the correct result as well as the correct margin. For example, if you believe Team A will beat Team B and want to also bet on the margin, you will have to correctly pick how many points will be between the two sides at the end of full-time. So if you think Australia will win in a margin of 1-12 points you'd select that option. Or maybe you think New Zealand will win a game by 13+ points.

HALF-TIME/FULL-TIME DOUBLE: This option allows you to bet on who you think will be leading the game at both halftime and fulltime. There are many possibilities that can occur in any match, particularly as a draw is an option.

Team A/Team A
Team A/Team B
Team A/Draw
Team B/Team B
Team B/Team A
Team B/Draw
Draw/Draw
Draw/Team A
Draw/Team B

FIRST TRYSCORER: This option allows you to choose which player on either team you believe will score the first try of the game. You can also bet on the last tryscorer in most games.

STATE OF ORIGIN HISTORY

The 2018 State of Origin will be the 37th series. Queensland lead New South Wales 21-13 in State of Origin series head-to-heads. The other two series have ended in draws.

State of Origin pits the Australian states of New South Wales (Blues) and Queensland (Maroons) against each other in an annual best-of-three games series which, over time, has transformed into one of the most-watched sporting events in the country.

Often described as Australian sport’s greatest rivalry and the highest level of rugby league one can witness, State of Origin as we know it today was first established in 1982 as respective rugby league associations from both New South Wales and Queensland came to an agreement on selection policies and series guidelines.

1980s

Under the leadership of rugby league immortal Wally Lewis, Queensland enjoyed an early period of dominance, winning the first three State of Origin series 2-1 between 1982-84.

New South Wales would claim their first series win in 1985, with Steve Mortimer leading the Blues to victory in the series deciding match at the SCG. New South Wales would continue that winning momentum the following year, making history by becoming the first team to complete the State of Origin whitewash, securing the series 3-0. There have been only six more series whitewashes up until the commencement of the 2017 series.

Queensland would return to the winners circle in 1987, taking the series 2-1, however there was some controversy this year, with a fourth game played at Long Beach in California in an attempt to showcase and broaden rugby league’s appeal to Americans. The move largely failed with only 12,349 fans showing up to the game, which NSW won 30-18. The Australian Rugby League (ARL) has since declared the game didn’t count towards official records, but did count towards the players’ individual statistics.

For the second time in its short history, Queensland would go on to emerge triumphant in three series in succession, winning in 1988 and 1989 by dominant 3-0 scorelines - the first times the Maroons registered a series whitewash.

1990s

However New South Wales would enjoy the bulk of victories during the 1990s, winning six of the series played to Queensland’s three (the 1999 series was drawn but Queensland retained the shield due to winning in 1998). Queensland’s senior players of the 1980s had all retired, allowing New South Wales to win the 1992, 1993 and 1994 series, with the likes of Brett Mullins, Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart, Bradley Clyde and Benny Elias all laying the foundations of becoming future Origin legends for the Blues.

Queensland were on the back foot heading into the 1995 series (mainly due to the Super League saga which prohibited many Queenslanders signed with the Super League to play for their state), but the Maroons produced arguably the greatest shock in State of Origin history, when a team of rookies led by first-time coach Paul Vautin emerged surprise 3-0 winners.

New South Wales would restore parity and win the next two series by 3-0 and 2-1 scorelines respectively, but Queensland ended the 1990s on top, winning in 1998 and 1999, with the latter going down as one of the most thrilling series in history as each side won one game and the deciding game ended in a draw. The Maroons retained the shield due to winning in 1998.

2000s to present

It appeared as if New South Wales were starting to become the dominant force in State of Origin heading into the early stages of the 2000s, with the Blues winning in 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2005, led by Andrew Johns and Brad Fittler (Queensland won in 2001 and retained the shield again after another drawn series in 2002). It meant that New South Wales had won 10 outright series to just four from Queensland since 1990. How wrong we all were…

In what has now become part of State of Origin folklore, Queensland began an unprecedented period of dominance in 2006, winning a record eight consecutive series all the way through to 2013 under the tutelage of the legendary Mal Meninga. Billy Slater, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith formed Queensland’s ‘spine’ through the majority of those years, with the foursome all in contention to go down as future rugby league immortals.

New South Wales would finally snap their losing run with a famous series triumph in 2014, with Canterbury Bulldogs halves Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson the unlikely pairing to break down the brick-wall Queensland defence, while inspirational captain Paul Gallen finally claimed a first series win after years of heartbreak. But the Blues’ joy was short-lived, with Queensland restoring parity in 2015 and retaining the shield in 2016 and 2017, winning all three series 2-1, meaning they’ve won 11 of the last 12 heading into 2018.

State of Origin Winners

YearWinnerScore
1982Queensland2-1
1983Queensland2-1
1984Queensland2-1
1985New South Wales2-1
1986New South Wales3-0
1987Queensland2-1
1988Queensland3-0
1989Queensland3-0
1990New South Wales2-1
1991Queensland2-1
1992New South Wales2-1
1993New South Wales2-1
1994New South Wales2-1
1995Queensland3-0
1996New South Wales3-0
1997New South Wales2-1
1998Queensland2-1
1999Draw1-1-1
2000New South Wales3-0
2001Queensland2-1
2002Draw1-1-1
2003New South Wales2-1
2004New South Wales2-1
2005New South Wales2-1
2006Queensland2-1
2007Queensland2-1
2008Queensland2-1
2009Queensland2-1
2010Queensland3-0
2011Queensland2-1
2012Queensland2-1
2013Queensland2-1
2014New South Wales2-1
2015Queensland2-1
2016Queensland2-1
2017Queensland2-1

STATE OF ORIGIN RECORDS

  • Most points scored in a game: 72, New South Wales 56 - 16 Queensland (Game III, 2000)
  • Most points scored by a team: 56, New South Wales 56 - 16 Queensland (Game III, 2000)
  • Largest winning margin: 46, Queensland 52 - 6 New South Wales (Game III, 2015)
  • Most consecutive games won: 8, Queensland (Game II, 1987 - Game III, 1989)
  • Most consecutive series won: 8, Queensland (2006–2013)
  • Most series clean sweeps: 4, Queensland (1988–1989, 1995, 2010)
  • Oldest player: 36 years 74 days, Petero Civoniceva (2012) (Queensland)
  • Youngest player: 18 years and 83 days, Ben Ikin (1995) (Queensland)
  • Most games: 39 Cameron Smith (2003–present) (Queensland)
  • Most consecutive games: 35 Johnathan Thurston (2005–present) (Queensland)
  • Most games as captain: 30 Wally Lewis (1981–1991) (Queensland)
  • Most games won: 24 Cameron Smith (2003–present) (Queensland)
  • Most series won: 10 Johnathan Thurston (2006–2013, 2015–present) (Queensland)1 & Cameron Smith (2006–2013, 2015–present) (Queensland)
  • Most points: 224 Johnathan Thurston (2005–present) (Queensland)
  • Most tries: 18 Greg Inglis (2006–present) (Queensland)
  • Most goals: 101 Johnathan Thurston (2005–present) (Queensland)
  • Most points in one game: 32 Ryan Girdler (Game III, 2000) (New South Wales)
  • Most points in one series: 52 Ryan Girdler (2000) (New South Wales)
  • Most games coached: 30 Mal Meninga (2006–2015) (Queensland)
  • Most games won as coach: 19 Mal Meninga (2006–2015) (Queensland)
  • Most series won as coach: 9 Mal Meninga (2006–2015) (Queensland)

State of Origin Live Stream

State of Origin is broadcast live on Channel Nine in Australia. But what if you want to watch State of Origin live streams? Bookmaker bet365 previously streamed games to members via the Watch and Bet streaming service but that is no longer available due to geo-restrictions.

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