The annual State of Origin series between New South Wales and Queensland is the pinnacle of world rugby league. The bitter and intense rivalry between the two Australian states goes back to 1980 and each year they lock horns in a three-match series to determine a winner.
This year Queensland have taken a 1-0 lead after beating the Blues in an epic encounter in Brisbane. NSW will look to level the series up when the two states clash in Perth for Game II on June 23. It's a popular market for Rugby League betting fans.
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Line and Handicap Betting I This is a popular way of betting in rugby league, with either starting with a specific point start, or a points deficit. In this way, if a team beats the spread of points, and wins by say two points or more, you are a winner. Or if your team loses by a specific amount of points, while using your handicap, you are also in the black.
Team to Score First I Picking which team scores first, either a try or a penalty goal, is a fun way of betting in rugby league. Scoring can often yo-yo, and go back and forward like a game of basketball. But by deciding which team will score first you have good odds and a 50-50 chance of winning some cash. As State of Origin is such a tight and tense battle, every chance to score a point is coveted. Often either side will elect to take a penalty attempt, rather than try and score a try, such is the need to be ahead on the scoreboard. Therefore picking the manner of scoring first is highly lucrative.
First Try-Scorer I Selecting the player which scores the first try of the match is another great and exciting method to bet in rugby league, and particularly in State of Origin. Scoring a try is hard and often in State of Origin matches the scoring is low. But you can tap into some excellent high odds, and win big, by choosing the exact fullback, winger, centre, half-back or forward from either team that touches down for a try first.
Regarded as the greatest rivalry in Australian sport, State of Origin was born back in 1980. Rugby League is most popular in the states of NSW and Queensland, but for decades Queensland’s best players had played their club football in NSW, meaning they had to represent the Blues in the inter-state representative games.
For years NSW dominated their northern neighbours, who were seen as backward and inferior. Constant beatings at the hands of the Blues made Queensland bitter and added fuel to the firey rivalry. Then, in 1980, it was decided that the Maroons would be able to field their stars who played for clubs in Sydney – meaning players would play for their state of origin. In a one-off match Queensland upset NSW and Maroons skipper Arthur Beetson punched his Parramatta teammate Mick Cronin. The crowd roared and State of Origin was born.
Thirty-nine years later and the annual series is watched by millions around the world and played in front of sold-out stadiums around Australia. It is incredibly popular in New Zealand, England and especially in Papua New Guinea where the passion for the contest even spills out into tribal warfare. State of Origin has been played across Australia but such is its popularity that there have been talks of taking it to Wembley Stadium in London in the future.
The competition is known for his ferocity and intensity, big hits and its bad blood between the two teams. It lives by the motto “mate against mate, state against state”, as club teammates in the National Rugby League (NRL) take each other on.
In total 37 full series have been played with Queensland winning 21, NSW winning 14 and two drawn series.
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