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Queensland vs New South Wales State of Origin Game 3 Preview and Team News - Who will win 2017 State of Origin series?

Andrew Hendrie 6 Jul 2017
  • Queensland host New South Wales in State of Origin Game 3 on Wednesday
  • NSW won Game 1 at Suncorp while QLD levelled the series in Sydney
  • Blues looking for just their second Origin series win since 2005
NSW and QLD clash in the State of Origin decider on Wednesday July 12

One of the most highly-anticipated games of rugby league in recent memory takes place at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday July 12 as Queensland and New South Wales collide in the State of Origin decider.

After two thrilling fixtures it all comes down to this - NSW vs QLD, Origin III at Suncorp Stadium for the right to be crowned State of Origin champions in 2017.

New South Wales appeared to have wrapped up the series after blitzing the Maroons 28-4 in Game 1 up in Brisbane and then leading their rivals with just three minutes remaining in Origin II at ANZ Stadium in Game 2.

However, as is the Queensland way, the Maroons showcased that trademark never-say-die attitude and came away with an incredible last-minute triumph, with Michael Morgan putting Dane Gagai over in the corner and Johnathan Thurston slotting a sideline conversion to hand Queensland the ascendancy heading into Game 3.

But do Queensland have the advantage at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday night, that’s the question? The Blues crushed them by 24 points just over a month ago and they will be without two of their star players - Thurston and fullback Darius Boyd.

Much debate has centred around who will replace Thurston in the halves, and Queensland selectors have made the controversial decision to overlook the form halfback of the competition - Daly Cherry-Evans - in favour of Cameron Munster partnering his Storm teammate Cooper Cronk at five-eighth and Ben Hunt being picked as the bench utility, with Morgan moving into the centres.

It’s a gamble from the Maroons, but it’s understandable in regards to Munster coming in - giving Queensland’s spine an all-Melbourne flavour, while Hunt can probably do just as good a job in a utility role as Cherry-Evans.

New South Wales meanwhile have remained loyal, picking the same players throughout the entire series for the first time since 1996. However the Blues are under immense pressure - only nerves and panic stopped them from winning in Sydney, and they simply cannot afford to lose this after dominating the series until the last three minutes of Game 2.

There are several injury concerns in the Blues camp, most notably to skipper Boyd Cordner and Tyson Frizell, but Laurie Daley is hopeful of all his players recovering in time for Wednesday.

It promises to be an absolutely pulsating encounter, and Queensland are now right in with a chance of securing another Origin series that seemed impossible at half-time in Game 2. But I think NSW lost that game more than Queensland won it, and if the Blues can replicate their dominant performance from Game 1 - which they really should be able to do - then they will scrape home and capture just their second series win since 2005.

Stats


  • Queensland won 10 of the last 12 ‘live’ games at Suncorp Stadium
  • Blues snapped three-match losing streak at Suncorp in Game 1
  • NSW have won just one Origin series since 2005

Team Lists


NSW have named the same side in all three games for the first time in over two decades, while Cameron Munster and Ben Hunt are the fresh face in the Queensland side, replacing Thurston and Boyd.

NSW side: James Tedesco, Blake Ferguson, Josh Dugan, Jarryd Hayne, Brett Morris, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Aaron Woods, Nathan Peats, Andrew Fifita, Josh Jackson, Boyd Cordner (capt), Tyson Frizell. Interchange: David Klemmer, Wade Graham, Jake Trbojevic, Jack Bird. 18th man: Jack De Belin

QLD side: Billy Slater, Val Holmes, Will Chambers, Michael Morgan, Dane Gagai, Cameron Munster, Cooper Cronk, Dylan Napa, Cameron Smith (c), Jarrod Wallace, Gavin Cooper, Matt Gillett, Josh McGuire, Ben Hunt, Coen Hess, Josh Papalii, Tim Glasby

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Queensland vs New South Wales State of Origin Game 3 Preview and Team News - Who will win 2017 State of Origin series?

One of the most highly-anticipated games of rugby league in recent memory takes place at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday July 12 as Queensland and New South Wales collide in the State of Origin decider.

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