State of Origin Live: NSW vs Qld Start Time, Phil Gould Final Word Score, Match Updates

Channel 9 pundit and rugby league icon Phil Gould has confirmed he will not be performing his famous “Final Word” before kick-off.

The State of Origin series opener kicks off tonight at Sydney Olympic Park, with the New South Wales Blues looking to defend their title.

The Queensland Maroons will be desperate to get their 2022 campaign off to a good start after last year’s shellacking.

Stream the FOX LEAGUE State of Origin Game 1 REPLAY on Kayo with no ads while playing. Both full and abbreviated reruns available from 11pm Wednesday. New to Kayo? Try now for 14 days for free.

But in a disappointing revelation, Channel 9 pundit Phil Gould has confirmed on Twitter that he will not be performing his famous “Final Word” gee-up before kick-off.

“It’s going to be a smashing match. Don’t miss it,” he tweeted.

And to make matters worse, legendary commentator Ray Warren – aka the Voice of Rugby League – won’t be behind the mic tonight after announcing his retirement last week.

Mathew Thompson will be commentating his first State of Origin game in place of Warren.

When and where is it?

The series kicks off on Wednesday, June 8 at the Accor Stadium in Sydney.

How to watch?

You can watch the match live on Channel Nine. Coverage will begin at 7:00 PM (AEST) and post-match coverage will run until approximately 11:00 PM.

You can then watch a replay of the match on Kayo from 11 p.m.

What time is the kick-off?

Kick-off is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. (AEST). However, as fans are well aware, the actual start time of any Origin game changes to a match of kick-off bingo, so it may be a little later than the scheduled time.

Coach selection interview questioned

Former QLD Maroons hardman Corey Parker has been confused by Brad Fittler’s decision to start Stephen Crichton on the bench for the series opener.

Fittler chose to go with Jack Wighton in the middle on the premiership-winning outer back.

Many thought the call could be a smokescreen and lead to a belated change, but Blues advisor Greg Alexander, however, stopped those rumors.

“Jack will start in the centers,” Alexander said on the Fox League podcast.

“Those rumors have been circulating since the side was announced, but Jack will start in the centers.”

Former Knights player Alex McKinnon supported Fittler’s decision to go with Wighton.

“I love it,” he said.

“Jack Wighton is a player I would have on my team any week. Any Origin (side) I would pick would definitely be in it.

“He’s tough, he’s sincere, he competes, he’s a good ball runner and in the middle he defends in that position as a half anyway, so it’s not really much of a difference.

“I think it’s a big question for Crichton to make his debut in Origin at left center. Dane Gagai, who he’ll be up against, is a very experienced player and I don’t think I’ve ever seen him do a bad game for Queensland to play.

“It’s all about kick-chasing, fighting and carrying from your own side. I think Jack Wighton does that really well. He’s such a strong body, he’s physical and he’s a bit older.”

Parker, however, was not in the mood for it.

“I kind of agree… He’s a great player, Crichton, I really do,” he said.

“I just don’t see the value of a rookie – especially an outsider – sitting on the couch for that long and expending that nervous energy (and) how it’s going to be positive.

“Jack is Jack and he can play anywhere, but I don’t see Stephen Crichton going in at fullback when things aren’t going well – it just doesn’t happen – because that’s even more pressure. Interesting to watch.”

“I think it’s a safe decision from Freddy,” McKinnon replied before answering Queensland’s “risky” call to pick 20-year-old Selwyn Cobb, who has played just 19 NRL games.

“If you look at Queensland, they picked Cobbo on the wing. He’s been incredible to start the season – I think that’s a huge call as well.

“I think he will blow them apart on Wednesday night, really I think he will be incredible. Corey Oates was probably one of the wingers of the league this year.”

Originally published as Live: State of Origin Game 1, NSW vs Queensland in Sydney

Leave a Comment