Wed, Jul 12, 10:17am by Senior Writer
Confirmation that New South Wales skipper Boyd Cordner will take the field in tonight’s deciding State of Origin match at Suncorp Stadium has seen the Blues trim into $1.74 favourites to win just their second series in 12 years.
Cordner injured his calf in Origin 2 and has not played in three weeks since at any level, but looks set to play a major role in Laurie Daley’s plans to steal the Trophy on the Maroons’ home soil.
The Blues’ coach admits to being surprised the speed of Cordner’s recovery but is confident the Bulldogs second-rower can get through the 80 minutes.
His presence has seen the Blues trim in from $1.75 over the past two days, while the line is just two points.
The Maroons, who have a slight injury query over Billy Slater, who rolled an ankle at training earlier this week, are $2.10 out to $2.14.
It could be the last time Queensland fans see Slater, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith in the same Maroons side with suggestions that all three could retire from representative footy should the Maroons win.
The margin bets sees a NSW win by 1-12 points as the favoured outcome at $2.80, with a small Queensland win at $3.10. A blowout for NSW of 13+ points is $4.20, while a Queensland win by the same margin is $6.50.
The over/under total points line is 32, which is exactly the total points scored in Game 1 at Suncorp when NSW won 28-4. Prior to that the previous three Suncorp Origin matches had resulted in more than 32 points being scored.
In fact six of the past seven Origin matches have seen 32 points or more being scored.
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