The women’s State of Origin shifts to Canberra in 2022 and it looks a sensational affair.
Queensland are searching for a third straight Origin win but a determined New South Wales outfit will be hard to beat as Origin shifts to Canberra in 2022.
Queensland retain the core of the team that won 8-6 on the Sunshine Coast last year with Ali Brigginshaw back in her favoured halfback role and Brittany Brealey-Nati back at hooker the only notable changes. Their depth is so great that Lauren Brown will start on the bench and Zahara Temara unlikely to get a game.
New South Wales roll out a similar team again but are hugely boosted at fullback by Dally M Player of the Year Emma Tonegato as well as her co-winner up front Millie Boyle.
Brisbane had dominated NRLW and that transferred across to the Origin arena. The improvement of NSW teams the Dragons and Roosters this year though has shown the standard has lifted across the competition and the Blues now have a talent edge, particularly in the three-quarter line.
The last four Origins have gone to the home team and Canberra, while neutral, is far more NSW than Queensland. This shapes as a low-scorer but the Blues should have too much ability out wide.
The four women’s Origin matches during the NRLW era have all been close with three low-scoring affairs. None have had a final margin of more than 10 while three have finished one-score games. A blowout is highly unlikely so happy to be on Kylie Hilder’s team.