Match Preview: Toyota U/20's State of Origin

Toyota U/20s State of Origin
GIO NSW U/20's State of Origin Team v Nova Queensland U/20's State of Origin Team

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Kick-Off 7:30pm at Centrebet Stadium, Penrith

The inaugural Toyota Under 20s State of Origin kicks off this Saturday in Penrith, and will be well worth catching due to the high quality talent that will be on display.

Queensland has drawn primarily from the Toyota Cup competition, naming 14 of the 17 from the National Under 20's competition, whilst NSW has extended their selection to include six NRL players.

Unsurprisingly Brisbane Broncos players feature heavily in the Queensland side, with Lachlan Maranta, Aaron Whitchurch, Caleb Timu, Mitchell Frei, Benn Malley, Corey Oates and Travis Peeters all earning call ups, whilst Hymel Hunt (Titans), Alex Elisala (Cowboys) and Chris Grevsmuhl (Cowboys) represent the other two northern based sides.

Queensland will look to their centres to ignite their attack against the more experienced NSW side, with former basketball star and current Raider, Edrick Lee on one side, and exciting NRL prospect Tautau Moga filling the other centre position.

For NSW, the NRL experienced halves combination of Harry Siejka (Panthers) and Jacob Miller (Wests Tigers) will lead around the side and will help give the home team the edge heading into the game. Added in three NRL experienced forwards in Matt Groat, Alex McKinnon and Boyd Cordner will add some much needed muscle up front.

Referee:
David Munro

Last Time They Met
This is the first time these two sides have met in an Origin game.

Late Mail:
The only team change from the original announcement on Monday is Korbin Sims being ruled out with injury. Bronco, Travis Peeters, has taken Sims spot in the final seventeen which will take the field.

Team Lists
Queensland
L Maranta, H Hunt, T Moga, E Lee, A Whitchurch, K Mann, B Hampton, B Tago A Elisala, D Napa, C Grevsmuhl, C Timu, M Frei; Interchange from: B Malley, C Oates, T Peeters, M Mbye, K Auva’a.
Coach: K Walters.

NSW Blues
E Cummins, Y Tonumaipea, C Blair, E Murphy, C Mata’utia, H Seijka, J Miller, M Groat, M Lichaa, K Evans, A McKinnon, B Cordner, V Tia-Kilifi; Interchange from: P Carter, J Stockwell, D Klemmer, S Boyd, L Burr.
Coach: D Pay.

Tickets:
Tickets to the 2012 Toyota Under 20's State of Origin clash are available through ProTicket.

Online: www.proticket.com.au 
Phone: 1300 12 10 12 
Outlet: ProTicket Outlets

Please Note:
Ticketed Club Members will be able to gain access to this match for free.
Junior Pass Card Holders who have activated their cards will also be able to gain free entry to this game.

TV Coverage:
Match to be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2 - 7:30pm AEDT

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Remember you can access all the team lists, live scores and stats from Australia vs New Zealand and City vs Country on your mobile this weekend.  Visit m.nrl.com on your mobile device, or download the free 2012 Official NRL iPhone App ( live streaming radio available too ). Match highlights from both rep games are available 20 minutes after each game has ended, so you can relive all the big hits and tries from Auckland and Mudgee.
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