Game two the key in Origin contest

Ben Tyers says New South Wales need to win the series at home in game two.
Ben Tyers says New South Wales need to win the series at home in game two. Michael Cormack

NEW South Wales need to win the series by winning at home in game two if they are to break Queensland's eight-year stranglehold on the State of Origin trophy.

That is the view of Warwick Cowboys prop and NSW fan Ben Tyers.

Tyers said NSW would be living dangerously if they allowed Queensland to square the series at one-all in game two, leaving them to play the decider in front of what will no doubt be a packed house at Suncorp Stadium.

"I think it will be another close game (in game two)," Tyers said.

"I think they (NSW) are going to have to finish it off in game two if they're going to win the series, otherwise they'll have to win game three at Suncorp, which is a big ask."

Tyers travelled to Brisbane to watch the game live and said he thought NSW deserved their 12-8 victory.

"It was a really good-quality game," Tyers said.

"I thought New South Wales defended very well and Queensland's discipline wasn't good enough in the first half.

"I thought the New South Wales pack got on top and Johnathan Thurston was unusually quiet."

Fellow Warwick Cowboys player Scott Fisher, who is a Queensland supporter, said he was confident the Maroons could turn it around in Sydney.


"It depends on how some of the players pull up from injuries but I expect Queensland to come out pretty strong," Fisher said.

"Daly Cherry-Evans didn't quite make the impact he was expected to when (Cooper) Cronk went off.

"But I think with a bit of time to form a combination with Johnathan Thurston at training, he can have a stronger game in game two."

Fisher said Queensland would need to stop Parramatta Eels star Jarryd Hayne in three weeks' time.

"I thought Jarryd Hayne was really bright for them," he said.

"He's probably their most dangerous player so Queensland needs to stop him."

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