State of Origin 3 Preview

Queensland Maroons vs NSW Blues
Suncorp Stadium
Wednesday, 11th of July, 2018
8pm AEST, 10pm NZ

NSW Blues: 1 James Tedesco, 2 Tom Trbojevic, 3 Latrell Mitchell, 4 James Roberts, 5 Josh Addo-Carr, 6 James Maloney, 7 Nathan Cleary, 8 David Klemmer, 9 Damien Cook, 10 Paul Vaughan, 11 Boyd Cordner (c), 12 Tyson Frizell, 13 Jack de Belin.

Interchange: 14 Tariq Sims, 15 Jake Trbojevic, 16 Angus Crichton, 17 Tyrone Peachey. 18th man: Ryan James

Queensland Maroons: 1 Billy Slater (c), 2 Valentine Holmes, 3 Dane Gagai, 4 Will Chambers, 5 Corey Oates, 6 Cameron Munster, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans, 8 Jai Arrow, 9 Andrew McCullough, 10 Josh Papalii, 11 Gavin Cooper, 12 Felise Kaufusi, 13 Josh McGuire. 

Interchange: 14 Ben Hunt, 15 Jarrod Wallace, 16 Coen Hess, 17 Tim Glasby.


New South Wales will be looking to make it a clean sweep  as they make the trip to Suncorp Stadium in what will be Billy Slater’s final game in the Maroon colours. New South Wales, fresh off their first series win since 2014, are riding a wave of momentum after narrowly beating Queensland in game 2 and will be looking to ensure that Slater’s final game is a disappointing one for the legend. 

Both sides have made changes, with New South Wales only making the one so far. Tariq Sims will make his Origin debut after a stunning season with St George Illawarra, with last games debutant in Matt Prior making way. Boyd Cordner will be given until kick off to prove his fitness after suffering a calf strain, with Ryan James the 18th man in case.z

Queensland have made changes left, right and center in a bid to send Slater off on a high. Daly Cherry-Evans will be in the Queensland side for the first time in three years, with Ben Hunt on the bench. Corey Oates comes in with a backline reshuffle, which sees Dane Gagai move into centre to cover Greg Inglis. Tim Glasby gets a berth on the bench, with Kalyn Ponga out through injury. 


Slater vs NSW

Billy Slater has been one of the best Maroons to ever pull on a jersey, playing a pivotal role when not injured in Queensland’s dominance over the last decade and a bit. New South Wales have already said that they want Slater to bow out of Origin a loser, and you can bet that they will target the fullback with everything they have. Slater can turn the game around on a dime, and was easily the best player for Queensland in game 2. If he can poke his nose through the line once or twice, this game could get out of hand quickly for the Blues.


Queensland have been deadly on their home turf, and you never want to go to Suncorp when Queensland have a point to prove. They’ve looked threatening all series, with the Blues defence holding out so far. Whoever scores first will win this game, and with it being Slater’s swan song in front of the home state, it’s hard to go past the Maroons. Queensland will win by 10, with Slater to score the first try. 



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