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Key strategies for Origin I

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HOW THE OPENING STATE OF ORIGIN GAME WILL BE WON AND LOST:

NSW:

* By naming Paul Gallen as a starting prop, Blues coach Laurie Daley will be looking for his pack to tire out their opposition and take full advantage as the games goes on
Key strategies for Origin I
by AAP

HOW THE OPENING STATE OF ORIGIN GAME WILL BE WON AND LOST:

NSW:

* By naming Paul Gallen as a starting prop, Blues coach Laurie Daley will be looking for his pack to tire out their opposition and take full advantage as the games goes on. Gallen is sure to move to the back row as part of the Blues' forward rotation.

* James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce play a very direct game at the Sydney Roosters and are sure to follow suit in Origin. Along with Robbie Farah around the ruck, the NSW playmakers will look to take on the line and go forward before they go wide.

* Queensland's Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater are dynamite around the rucks and their pet plays, fine-tuned at the Melbourne Storm, are one of the key focal points of the Maroons' attack. Daley has installed three of the best defenders in the game, Greg Bird, Luke Lewis and Ryan Hoffman, in an attempt to stop that.

* Jarryd Hayne shapes as NSW's x-factor. He has produced some stellar Origin performance on the wing but now has the opportunity to put a real stamp on the match from fullback. He doesn't have the understanding with his halves that Billy Slater has, but he does have great instinct.

QUEENSLAND:

* Mal Meninga has opted for a more mobile pack than last year. This may be to counter NSW's strength in this area but the loss of Petero Civoniceva (retirement) and Ben Hannant (injury) may have forced his hand. Origin is traditionally won up the middle third but is the key area moving to the edges?

* Blues winger Blake Ferguson has been one of the most damaging attacking players in the game this year but he does have mistakes in him. Queensland are sure to run at him in with the ball and attack him with kicks along the ground and in the air.

* Justin Hodges is one of the best dummy-half runners in the game and Brent Tate stole plenty of metres there last year. Queensland will look to these two to get their sets rolling, especially from kick returns.

* Cameron Smith's dummy-half kicking is without peer and this shapes as one of Queensland's strengths against a NSW back three that haven't played together. Smith may look to kick early in the Maroons' sets initially and put the Blues under pressure carting the ball out of their own end.




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