New South Wales vs Queensland live stream: how to watch the State of Origin Game 2 online from anywhere
State of Origin II LIVE: Game officially sold out as Perth appetite for NRL franchise grows; Andrew Johns reveals how to stop Maroons 'magician'
State of Origin game two LIVE updates: NSW Blues v Queensland Maroons
It’s a must-win match for the NSW Blues in State of Origin Game 2 tonight. New South Wales suffered a devastating loss at the hands of a resurgent Queensland side a fortnight ago. Game 2 in the 2022 State of Origin series takes place tonight at 7:50pm AEST in Perth, Australia. Here’s how you can watch a New South Wales vs Queensland live stream wherever you are in the world.
Following the 16-10 loss in Game 1, NSW coach Brad Fittler has made some big changes to the Blues. Notably, Damien Cook has been moved to the bench, with Api Koroisau of the Penrith Panthers replacing him as starting hooker. Jake Trbojevic will also be joining the starting squad tonight after missing selection for Game 1.
The NSW squad only lost by a converted try in Game 1, but it appears the combination of Billy Slater as Queensland coach, alongside Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston as assistant coaches, has revived the Maroons.
That’s to say nothing of Queensland’s five-eighth Cameron Munster, who’s heroics saw him as a key player in the Maroons’ victory in Game 1. Queensland dominated the ruck with sheer speed and determination in the series opener, and if NSW doesn’t have an answer to this style of play tonight, it’s in for another defeat. Want to see how it unfolds? Here’s how to watch a New South Wales vs Queensland live stream and catch the State of Origin Game 2 no matter where you are.
Sell out crowd confirms Perth appetite for NRL
Tonight's game is officially a sell out - with more than 60,000 fans flowing through the gates.
The NRL has made no secret of a desire to welcome in an 18th team in the short-term future, and signs like this can only be good for any hopes of a return to the west.
"What I can say is that we have a crowd of 60,000 people here for Origin, that will send a very positive message back to headquarters that there is a lot of interest in rugby league in Western Australia," NRL WA chief executive officer John Sackson said on Fox Sports News.
"There is a real appetite for rugby league in Western Australia and that is on the back of a sell out in 2019 and obviously very good crowds over the years."
The Western Reds had a short life in the mid-90s, before the West Coast Pirates were established in 2012 and played for several years in the S.G Ball competition until 2021, but are yet to return due to COVID restrictions.
"All we can do is continue to strengthen the foundations of the game here at community level and maximise these elite football opportunities in terms of attendance," Sackson said.
"I think if the (ARL) Commission deems that Perth will be in the conversation for the 18th franchise and is given an invitation to put its best foot forward, I am very confident that this state can deliver a very compelling if not irresistible proposition."
Joey explains how to stop 'magician' Munster
Cameron Munster terrorised New South Wales in game one, producing a dazzling performance to continue what has been a standout season for the Melbourne five-eighth.
Having sworn off alcohol this year Munster's game has gone to another level, and some are comparing him to Queensland's "King" Wally Lewis.
He threatens to tear the Blues apart in Perth tonight again, but Origin legend Andrew Johns says there is a way he can be stopped.
"You've got to look at game one, what (Queensland) did to Nathan," Johns told Wide World of Sports' Immortal Behaviour.
"They've got to get up in his face, really pressure him.
"He gets the ball, the ball is waved around. He double pumps, dummies inside... you can not watch the ball. If you watch the ball you get stung by the paralysing (movement).
"Don't watch the ball, watch the body contact, where you're going to (hit him). Zero in on where you're going to hit him, whether it's the sternum or the hips, and just go.
"Don't watch the ball, because he gets the ball and throws it around and you're going, 'oh, geez he's clever' - but what defenders do is stop and plant their feet... and that's when he gets through.
"When you watch him you're so focused on him, because he's a magician."
Gould tips success for Blues changes
New South Wales icon Phil Gould believes the multiple changes the Blues have made will find success in game two.
NSW lost the State of Origin opener by six points in Sydney, but coach Brad Fittler responded by axing several players ahead of the must-win game in Perth.
Kotoni Staggs, Ryan Matterson, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, and Tariq Sims were dumped, while Jack Wighton is out due to COVID-19.
Stephen Crichton is promoted to the starting side, while Matt Burton and Siosifa Talakai make their debuts, and Jake Trbojevic, Api Koroisau, and Angus Crichton are all recalled to the team.
The mass changes drew criticism from north of the Tweet, but Gould sees method in the madness.
"Do you want to argue that any of these players are out of place playing Origin?" Gould asked Wide World of Sports' Six Tackles with Gus podcast.
"The simple answer to this is no. They all deserve their sports. They are all Origin-class players.
"So why the need for so many changes going into game two - is it an admission they got it wrong in game one? That the players got it wrong in game one? Did they get the selections wrong?
"There weren't too many players who could actually make a break out of nothing... that could change the course of the game. Most of our possession was off kick reception. Which means every time we got the ball was because they kicked it to us, and they kicked it to where they wanted us to have it.
"We needed player who could do a little bit extra. And certainly with Burton, Crichton, Koroisau, and Angus Crichton and Siosifa Talakai, they can make things happen on their own, through brute power, and they can make people miss. They make people miss and then find a pass, and that's a really simple explanation of what's sometimes needed to win Origin."
Origin II team news - Blues drop hint
New South Wales selection advisor Greg Alexander doesn't expect any late changes to the line-up ahead of Origin II.
The Blues pulled some late switches in game one, benching Cameron Murray and Junior Paulo before kick-off.
But coach Brad Fittler looks like running his side out as he named it earlier in the week.
"No, I don't think so," Alexander told media when asked if there would be changes.
"But that's the coach's prerogative though and that happens weekly.
"So if we did make a change well I don't see the massive deal in it. But there won't be any changes." iuipoipouyyewrwr