Game 3: Overview

Queensland are eyeing off a third-straight series victory in Wednesday night’s State of Origin decider at Suncorp Stadium, but in order to do so will have to see off a determined New South Wales side who can smell blood following their 38-18 annihilation of the Maroons in Game Two.

The Blues side are seeking just their third decider at Lang Park since 1994. Some extremely handy sides have attempted the feat and failed, so on that this is a near impossible mission. Queensland on the other hand, while history is on their side, will certainly have their doubts following their uncharacteristically lackluster effort in Game Two.

Who’s your pick? Let’s dive into it.

New South Wales

What a difference one game can make. Madge was under the microscope after Game One, and then following their destruction of the Maroons in Game Two, seemingly every NRL coaching job is his for the taking if he wants it. The Blues dished up one of the most complete and impressive Origin performances we’ve seen in their 20-point demolition in Melbourne and if they can do the same in Queensland, it’ll go a long way to securing the series. The market currently has them as slight outsiders ($1.95 with Wishbet) and with all considered I think that’s reasonable. It’s notoriously hard to north of the border, let alone deciders and the forced omission of Latrell Mitchell can’t be understated. His X-factor and physicality was on display for all the see in Game Two, and that missing presence could be glaringly obvious in what is an extremely hostile environment. It’s going to be awfully hard to replicate their Game Two efforts, and with history is against the Blues and I find it hard to see a NSW win.

  1. Dylan Edwards
  2. Brian To’o
  3. Stephen Crichton
  4. Bradman Best
  5. Zac Lomax
  6. Jarome Luai
  7. Nicho Hynes
  8. Jake Trbojevic
  9. Reece Robson
  10. Payne Haas
  11. Liam Martin
  12. Angus Crichton
  13. Cameron Murray
  14. Connor Watson
  15. Isaah Yeo
  16. Mitchell Barnett
  17. Spencer Leniu

WISHTIPS

Queensland

Queensland for the first time in some time are under a bit of pressure. I feel there’s an expectation that the Maroons to win this considering their resounding success in deciders in Queensland, and with that there is some pressure. The way in which they were beaten by New South Wales in Melbourne took most onlookers by surprise, including the Maroons I’m sure. Has that planted a seed of doubt at in camp? The addition of Ponga to the bench is an exciting one for fans north of the Tweed River. Further to that Gagai, Cobbo and Kapewell come back into the side. Comapring the lineups side-by-side, Slater’s side looks stronger to me and with the 14th man of Suncorp Stadium, I think they’ll be too strong for New South Wales.

1. Reece Walsh
2. Selwyn Cobbo
3. Dane Gagai
4. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
5. Valentine Holmes
6. Tom Dearden
7. Daly Cherry-Evans
8. Reuben Cotter
9. Ben Hunt
10. Lindsay Collins
11. Kurt Capewell
12. Jeremiah Nanai
13. Pat Carrigan

14. Harry Grant
15. Moeaki Fotuaika
16. Felise Kaufusi
17. Kalyn Ponga

 

WISHTIPS

TIP: QLD (-1.5) + Tabuai-Fidow ATS

Tough one to pick but Queensland are the safer play at Suncorp.

Price: $3.30