There’s nothing like good rivalries in sports. It’s two teams who are familiar with each other, in games that mean more than a win or a loss. Rivalries take on even more meaning when they further embody nationalism or regionalism. The latter is the case this week in Australia, with the start of the 40th annual State of Origin series. The first contest of the series is this Wednesday, June 9, with the other two taking place later this month and early in July respectively.
|What||State of Origin Series 2021|
|Who||NSW vs QLD|
|Where||Queensland Country Bank Stadium|
|When||9 June at 8:10 PM AEDT/ 5:00 AM ET|
|TV Channel/Stream||PremiumTV (Worldwide)|
Sitting on the eastern coast of Australia are the states of Queensland and New South Wales. Each year, the two states compete in a best-of-three series called the State of Origin.
What time does State of Origin start?
Kick-off at Queensland Country Bank Stadium is at 8:10pm AEST on Wednesday 9 June. Townsville becomes the first regional Australian town to host a State of Origin match after being selected after Melbourne’s MCG – originally scheduled to host this game – was ruled out due to a coronavirus outbreak.
Origin game 1 kick-off times across Australia
Major NRL fixtures are not exactly known for prompt kick-off times, with pre-match entertainment often running overtime. But these are the scheduled kick-off times right across the country (timezone in brackets):
- Sydney/Melbourne/Hobart: 8:10pm (AEST)
- Adelaide: 7:40pm (ACST)
- Brisbane: 8:10pm (AEST)
- Darwin: 7:40pm (ACST)
- Perth: 6:10pm (AWST)
Who Won the State of Origin Series in 2020
Like most things last year, the State of Origin, usually a summer event, was postponed until the fall. In November, it was the Queensland Maroons that won the series 2-1. The Maroons took the first match last year, followed by the Blues really dominating in the second contest to even it at 1-1. The final match was a tight one, but Queensland prevailed, winning by six points in full time.
How to Watch State of Origin Live Stream: NSW vs QLD game 1
A national event of Super Bowl proportions in Australia, the State of Origin series is broadcast globally. On this side of the world, it will air on Fox Sports 2 and Rogers in the United States and Canada respectively.
Access to these channels can be limited, locked behind subscriptions to services like FuboTV or YouTube TV for $64.99 per month. They also are available with services from cable and satellite providers, which can be expensive in their own right, especially for the two months covering the State of Origin.
If you’re interested in watching the series, I recommend you check out PremiumTV. They don’t pay me to share this, but from one sports fan to another; I feel like it’s a service you should know about.
A legal stream with no VPN or contract required, PremiumTV enables you to watch the sporting and entertainment events that you’re interested in without paying for monthly services that roll over if you forget to cancel on time. PremiumTV is giving access to all three games in the State of Origin series for just $14.99.
Watch QLD vs NSW on free-to-air TV
You can watch game 1 live on Channel 9. If you want to stream the match, you can sign up for a free account and watch along on 9Now.
The streaming option also has some different camera angles. You can tune in to the broadcast from 7pm AEST. It also has sister music duo The Veronicas performing before the game.