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Gus has coached the Blues in the past though, so it wouldn’t overly surprise me if there’s some bias towards NSW in his Origin commentary on Nine…

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Gould is also good for an anti-NSW bias, especially between 2010 and 2015.

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Imagine being James Bracey, who has been a great pick-up for Nine, anchoring their coverage superbly on all fronts since Yvonne Sampson moved to Fox (who I really rate as well) and getting told by your bosses, “Hey that bloke we got rid of on Today 18 months ago is going to co-host the coverage with you.” What a farce of a network. It’s no wonder their coverage is more and more reviled.

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Nine were idiots letting Yvvone go almost four years ago. They’re lucky to still have the service of her husband at the network, some of Chris O’Keefe’s reporting on Nine News is almost at ABC levels of quality. Anyway, where was I…

Karl Stefanovic commentating State of Origin makes as much sense as Michael Slater co-hosting The NRL Footy Show!

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Nine should’ve kept her at all costs. Her and Bracey would make a formidable duo for State of Origin (but they both work well solo too).

Karl Stefanovic on the other hand, he should probably stick to breakfast TV. I know he’s been fairly reserved so far this year but I have a feeling (based on his previous records) we’re going to see quite a bit of Queensland bias coming from the bloke on SOO, which would only be good for balancing the bias of Gus Gould and nothing more.

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I wonder if this year’s special November back-to-back-to-back SOOs will out-rate this:

Would require quite something I’d imagine!

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I was getting my hopes up thinking that Roy & H.G would once again be commentating on the origin.

I’ve looked around - but I fear they are not and we have to put up with the normal shit from nine.

can anyone confirm?

EDIT - I mean - an alternate commentary on 9 now

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Karl Stefanovic introduces to this year’s State of Origin series from Adelaide Oval.

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The Nine Team setting up at the oval.

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Watching the game on alternate feed. However I had to put up with Gus and ray in commentary in the stream.


Good game at Adelaide oval tonight.

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Can Phil Gould commentate the game instead of talking about the Adelaide oval scoreboard five hundred fucking times.

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Listening to the This Week in League commentary. Much better than Gould.

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At 7:40pm, Nine Perth cut off the 2nd half post match coverage to head to Nine news Perth.

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That must have been awkward for Karl to interview Wayne Bennett when he blocked him from getting access for his Netflix doco.

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Didn’t see much of the pre or post game but I did see Karl’s build-up interview with Wayne Bennett and it actually got Wayne to open up much more than I’ve seen him do in pre-game interviews before so while I criticised it a couple of days ago, credit to Karl there.

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That was really disrespectful to local Indigenous people.
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That’d be Nine all over for you.

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Not really surprised with the television ratings for the game last night. But then again, the game couldnt really be on any earlier in the season due to the virus

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State of Origin set for explosive Game 2

After pulling off one of the most stunning comebacks in State of Origin history, Queensland head to Sydney to try and steal the 2020 series as Game 2 is broadcast EXCLUSIVELY LIVE on Nine and 9Now from 7.00pm AEDT this Wednesday night, followed by the premiere of The Sporting Bubble, a Nine special presentation.

New South Wales looked like running away with Game 1 after taking a 10-0 lead, but relishing their underdog tag, Queensland stormed home to win 18-14 in front of a raucous crowd at Adelaide Oval.

However, venturing into ANZ Stadium to claim a series is always a tall order, and NSW are favoured to win Game 2 and set Origin 2020 up for a decider next week in Brisbane.

Tickets are still available for the clash in Sydney via Ticketek but selling fast, and fans in Sydney can also tune in to Nine News TONIGHT for their chance to win one of 25 double-passes.

Both sides have a raft of changes, with Cody Walker starting at five-eighth for the Blues and Angus Crichton replacing captain Boyd Cordner who is out of the series due to concussion concerns.

Superstar James Tedesco is the Blues’ new captain, and Isaah Yeo and Nathan Brown will make their Origin debut.

Fullback Valentine Holmes, a talisman for the Maroons who racked up a swathe of tries before chancing his hand in the NFL in 2019, comes in for the injured AJ Brimson, while Titans youngster Moeaki Fotuaika joins their interchange bench.

Proud Queenslander Karl Stefanovic returns to again go one-on-one with QLD coach Wayne Bennett after claiming to be the veteran coach’s lucky charm following the victory in Game 1, and NSW coach Brad Fittler also sits down to discuss his vision for the team and the culture he’s working hard to build.

Australia’s favourite comedy duo, Roy and HG, will be back before the kick-off, reminiscing about more of their favourite moments in Origin history, and as always league mastermind Phil Gould will deliver his now-infamous ‘Last Word’ analysis to kick-off to get the blood pumping.

Viewers will have the option to stream the game live on 9Now and the supplementary streams return, this time focusing on stars Nathan Cleary and Daly Cherry-Evans and following them around the field.

The greatest NSW side of all time will also be unveiled, as voted on by the experts of the Wide World of Sports commentary team.

Stay tuned after the contest for the premiere of The Sporting Bubble, a Nine special created by award-winning sports documentary maker Peter Dickson, exploring the drastic measures that had to be taken to keep Australia’s sporting events alive in 2020, and the emotional sacrifices that were made along the way.

With a fired-up NSW Blues side needing to even the scales to save the series, it promises to be a classic do-or-die Origin encounter tomorrow night, exclusively live on Nine.

STATE OF ORIGIN: GAME 2 – LIVE from ANZ Stadum – Wednesday, November 11
Hosts and commentators across broadcast, digital and social include James Bracey, Karl Stefanovic, Ray Warren, Andrew Johns, Phil Gould, Billy Slater, Allana Ferguson, Paul Vautin, Peter Sterling, Johnathan Thurston, Ruan Sims, Wally Lewis, Darren Lockyer, Paul Gallen, Danika Mason.

Sydney 7.00pm LIVE on Nine
Brisbane 6.00pm LIVE on Nine
Melbourne 7.00pm LIVE on Nine
Adelaide 6:30pm LIVE on Nine
Perth 4.00pm LIVE on Nine

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Nine seems to have responded to the criticism of last weeks effort and showed the “Welcome to Country” in full tonight, which is the obvious and right move. Shame they stuffed it up last week still.

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