Mon, Jul 10, 11:25am by Staff Writer
Queensland v NSW, Game 3, Suncorp Stadium, Wednesday July 12, 8pm AEST
The decider is upon us. Queensland’s thrilling comeback in Sydney in Game 2 has set up a thrilling climax to this year’s State of Origin back at Suncorp Stadium. A Game 1 win for the Blues was heralded as a changing of the guard for Origin, but the Maroons showed they still have plenty left in the tank. It is shaping up to be a sensational game of rugby league.
New South Wales have named an unchanged line up for the 3rd game straight although there have been concerns that captain Boyd Cordner may have to withdraw with a calf injury. The settled nature of the squad, however, could have a strong impact on the game.
With the players being given plenty of time to work together and form the kind of combinations that win close games. The Blues stand as favourites with William Hill priced at $1.75. They will be walking into a cauldron of intensity at Suncorp and will need key players like Mitchell Pearce to keep calm heads. New South Wales certainly have the players to win this match but it could well come down to how they handle the pressure.
Having lined up this decider with the winning kick, Johnathan Thurston will unfortunately be watching from the sidelines. Cameron Munster will shoulder the responsibility of replacing the great man in Game 3. He has been in exceptional form the Storm this year and will be hoping he can transfer that to Origin.
Queensland showed in Game 2 they are far from the spent force many in the press were claiming after Game 1 but are up against in this decider. They are priced at $2.10 with William Hill to claim victory.
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In terms of a winning margin, William Hill are leaning towards a close fought contest. The lowest prices are on a win of 1-12 points for either side. With Queensland priced at $3.10 compared to the Blues at $2.80. New South Wales dominated their hosts in Game 1 at Suncorp and ran away 28-4 victors. The price for a repeat of that 13+ point winning margin for the Blues is $4 whilst the Maroons stand at $6.50. A draw is priced at $15.
The winning side is likely to determine which side Man of the Match honours belongs to, although in Game 2, despite losing, Josh Jackson was named as the victor. Three players lead the way for Game 3, Cameron Smith, James Tedesco and Mitchell Pearce. They are all priced at $7.50.
Closely followed by Boyd Cordner ($9), Cooper Cronk and James Maloney both at $10. An outset shot for the Blues would be the Man of the Match from Game 1, Andrew Fifita to repeat his heroics priced at $13. With Dylan Napa a potential bolter at $26 after his impressive performances making the hard metres in Game 1 and 2.
Origin 3 will certainly live up to its billing as the pinnacle of rugby league. An incredible match is in store for fans this week.
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