State of Origin 2019 Series Preview and Tips - Can NSW win back-to-back Origin series for the first time since 2005?

Andrew Hendrie 30 May 2019
  • New South Wales and Queensland clash in the 2019 State of Origin Series
  • Blues aiming for back-to-back series wins
New South Wales and Queensland will face off in the 2019 State of Origin series from Wednesday June 5 (PA Images)

New South Wales and Queensland square off once again in 2019 as the two states collide in the 38th State of Origin series between the teams across three blockbuster games.

We take a look at how the 2019 State of Origin series will play out and make our predictions as New South Wales target back-to-back series and Queensland attempt to return to the winners circle.

State of Origin 2019 series preview

It feels like a brand new era for State of Origin football as the 2019 series approaches, but especially on the Queensland side as Kevin Walters attempts to propel his Maroons back to winning ways.

For the first time in over 15 years, Queensland will begin a State of Origin series without one of Billy Slater, Greg Inglis, Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston. While it of course is a team game, there’s absolutely no doubt that the aforementioned five-some heavily contributed to Queensland’s unprecedented dominance as they won eight straight series between 2006-2013 and 11 of the 12 series from 2006 to 2017.

Walters has been forced to blood new talent as the Maroons try to recapture the shield they lost 2-1 to New South Wales last year.

While they face an uphill battle, there’s plenty to be excited about, including the electric Kalyn Ponga at fullback and the ever-improving Cameron Munster in the halves, while Moses Mbye could be extremely dangerous off the bench with 20 minutes remaining as players started to get fatigued.

Perhaps the most controversial Queensland moment ahead of the 2019 series is their decision to appoint Daly Cherry-Evans as captain. The halfback has long-rumoured to be a bit of an outsider in Maroons camp, but Walters has placed his faith in Cherry-Evans to not only line as halfback, but to lead his state into battle.

Meanwhile, New South Wales are gunning to win consecutive State of Origin series for the first time since 2004-5, when Andrew Johns was still running around the paddock.

After riding out a painful period of Queensland dominance as their future Immortals ran the show, the Blues are eager to make up for lost time and perhaps start their own dynasty.

Brad Fittler is blessed with a great all-round side despite some injuries to big names in the lead-up to the series, with Latrell Mitchell, Josh Addo-Carr and James Tedesco providing blistering speed and athleticism in the backline, while Cody Walker has arguably been the form player in the NRL as he gets a chance to make his Origin debut.

Add in the likes of Paul Vaughan, Tyson Frizell, Jake Trbojevic and captain Boyd Cordner in the forwards - along with hooker Damien Cook - and you have a side that will be very hard to beat.

Will the Blues be able to build on their series triumph from last year, or will Queensland spoil the party and deny them yet another shield?

State of Origin series prediction

It’s hard to go past New South Wales to make it back-to-back series wins. The Blues, for me, have a far stronger side across all areas of the park, while last year we saw how much Queensland struggled without their big names from the last decade or so.

The Maroons will showcase their trademark resilience and will be no pushovers, but New South Wales finally have that extra edge and spark in the key positions - and perhaps playing a potential decider at home in Game 3 will give them another advantage?

State of Origin 2019 schedule

Neither side will have an advantage of playing at home twice in 2019 with the opening game being played on neutral ground as Optus Stadium in Perth hosts Game 2 on Sunday June 23, breaking in tradition of playing every game on a Wednesday.

The other two games will be played on Wednesday though, with Suncorp Stadium playing host to Game 1 on Wednesday June 5 and ANZ Stadium in Sydney bringing an end to the series with Game 3 on Wednesday July 10.

State of Origin history

The 2019 State of Origin will be the 38th series. Queensland lead New South Wales 21-14 in State of Origin series head-to-heads. The other two series have ended in draws.

State of Origin Winners

1985New South Wales2-1
1986New South Wales3-0
1990New South Wales2-1
1992New South Wales2-1
1993New South Wales2-1
1994New South Wales2-1
1996New South Wales3-0
1997New South Wales2-1
2000New South Wales3-0
2003New South Wales2-1
2004New South Wales2-1
2005New South Wales2-1
2014New South Wales2-1
2018New South Wales2-1

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State of Origin 2019 Series Preview and Tips - Can NSW win back-to-back Origin series for the first time since 2005?

New South Wales and Queensland square off once again in 2019 as the two states collide in the 38th State of Origin series between the teams across three blockbuster games.

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