State of Origin game 1: Kick-off time, preview and how to watch live
QLD and NSW ready to lock horns in the battle for state supremacy when they meet in game 1 of State of Origin in Townsville.
Rugby league's blue ribbon event is back, promising, as always, to dominate the sporting hearts and minds of rugby league followers the world over. State of Origin returns to its rightful place in the middle of the NRL season after last year's coronavirus-delayed series took place in November.
NSW will be desperate to atone for last year's shock series loss to Queensland's "worst ever" side. Stacked with talent, the Blues enter the series as firm favourites. But as we all learned yet again in 2020, favouritism matters little in Origin.
What time does State of Origin start?
Kick-off at Queensland Country Bank Stadium is at 8:10pm AEST on Wednesday 9 June. Townsville becomes the first regional Australian town to host a State of Origin match after being selected after Melbourne's MCG – originally scheduled to host this game – was ruled out due to a coronavirus outbreak.
Origin game 1 kick-off times across Australia
Major NRL fixtures are not exactly known for prompt kick-off times, with pre-match entertainment often running overtime. But these are the scheduled kick-off times right across the country (timezone in brackets):
- Sydney/Melbourne/Hobart: 8:10pm (AEST)
- Adelaide: 7:40pm (ACST)
- Brisbane: 8:10pm (AEST)
- Darwin: 7:40pm (ACST)
- Perth: 6:10pm (AWST)
How to watch State of Origin game 1 live
You have some different options for watching the opening Origin game live and on delay. Channel 9 and 9Now are showing the game exclusively live. You can then watch it on delay straight after the match on Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports through Fox League.
Watch QLD vs NSW on free-to-air TV
You can watch game 1 live on Channel 9. If you want to stream the match, you can sign up for a free account and watch along on 9Now.
The streaming option also has some different camera angles. You can tune in to the broadcast from 7pm AEST. It also has sister music duo The Veronicas performing before the game.
Live stream Origin game 1 from overseas
If you're looking to watch the game from outside of Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific Islands then your best bet is the Watch NRL streaming service.
The service has every single State of Origin match live or on demand as well as the NRL and the Fox League channel. A weekly pass is $20, a monthly subscription costs $39 and an annual pass will set you back $199.
Stream Maroons vs Blues replay on Kayo
As soon as the match has finished on Channel 9, it's available on Kayo Sports. Kayo currently has a 14-day free trial for new users.
It also has a range of special features to add to your Origin experience. You can watch a Kayo Mini to get all the highlights in one package. Interactive Stats, No Spoilers and Key Moments are also options.
After the trial period, a Basic subscription to Kayo is $25 a month to watch on 2 screens or $35 a month for a third screen. You can check it all out in our Kayo Sports review. Kayo also gives you a way to get Fox Sports without Foxtel.
In total Kayo broadcasts more than 50 sports, including a wide variety of timeless, evergreen content. It is compatible with Macs and PCs, plus iOS and Android devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV, Sony Bravia TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later).
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Origin 1 team lists
Maroons: 5. Valentine Holmes 2. Xavier Coates 3. Kurt Capewell 4. Dane Gagai 18. Kyle Feldt 6. Cameron Munster 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Christian Welch 9. Harry Grant 10. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. David Fifita 13. Jai Arrow 14. AJ Brimson 15. Jaydn Su'A 16. Moeaki Fotuaika 17. Joe Ofahengaue 20. Coen Hess 21. Ben Hunt
Blues: 1. James Tedesco 2. Brian To'o 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Tom Trbojevic 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Daniel Saifiti 9. Damien Cook 10. Jake Trbojevic 11. Cam Murray 12. Tariq Sims 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Jack Wighton 15. Junior Paulo 16. Payne Haas 17. Liam Martin 18. Apisai Koroisau 19. Campbell Graham 20. Keaon Koloamatangi
Who will win State of Origin game 1?
It's not called the biggest rivalry in Australian sport for nothing and if we didn't know before, 2020's shock result reminded everyone talent counts for little in this arena.
For those keen on records, Queensland have won 22 series and NSW 15. There have been 120 games between these foes, including standalone matches outside of series games, with the Maroons again holding the better record, 64 wins to 54. In the last 14 matches though it's dead even at 7 wins apiece.
Queensland's new coach, former Cowboys mentor Paul Green, will know a game 1 win sets his team up beautifully with game 2 also in the Sunshine State, just down the road in Brisbane. He'll also know these series openers are often tight affairs – the last 3 have been decided by under 10 points.
Both teams have injury and suspension concerns. The star-studded Brad Fittler-coached Blues will field a new-look back row while the Maroons have injury concerns throughout the squad.
Despite the players he's missing, Fittler will still look at his team list and read the names of a stack of Penrith Panthers players – the team dominating the 2021 NRL season. That and the quest for atonement has us tipping the Blues by 6 points in this match.
- We updated this story with some additional Origin content before game one kick-off!
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