It’s here! The most highly-spruiked State of Origin clash of the decade is this Wednesday night’s monumental 2011 State of Origin Game 3 decider where the Queensland Maroons will put in their all and more to give retiring skipper Darren Lockyer a fairytale farewell.
The Origin series scoreboard reads one-all, Queensland having won a gritty game one in May before a gallant fight-back and upset victory by the New South Wales Blues when they had the home ground advantage in Sydney last month.
State of Origin 2011 Game 3 is now a do-or-die decider and the Mal Meninga-coached Maroons know the feverish capacity crowd at Suncorp Stadium won’t accept anything other than a big win from their mighty squad.
Whether you have one of the coveted Game 3 State of Origin Tickets and will be there on the night to witness the magic, mayhem and madness, or if you are preparing for a big night in with the beers already in the fridge, now is the time to get you Origin bets down at Luxbet – don’t leave it till kickoff and forget!
The Canetoads are on the brink of a sixth, consecutive State of Origin series win and adding to the pressure is that Wednesday’s State v State showdown will be Lockyer’s final appearance for the Maroons.
Despite suffering a loss down south of the border in the second instalment of Rugby League’s greatest tournament, Queensland have retained their State of Origin Betting favouritism.
The Lockyer-lead squad of legends, both old and new, sit at the top of the State of Origin Odds paying $1.55 at Australia’s leading bookmaker Luxbet to etch their name on the Origin shield for a sixth year in a row through.
Ricky Stuart’s Blues showed they had a bit of that legendary Queensland spirit of their own in game two, their price to beat the defending Origin winners in a series for the first time since 2005 being $2.50 at Luxbet.
Queensland named a very similar Origin Game 3 Team as in the opening two encounters, the major change being the suspension and subsequent omission of South Sydney’s man mountain Dave Taylor.
Justin Hodges comes back into the game, returning from injury and will be a welcome edition for Locky’s swansong having played beside the to-be-immortal for years at club level with the Brisbane Broncos.
Going by experience and Origin appearances alone, Queensland have this in the bag, explaining their favouritism in the Luxbet Origin markets.
But an emerging Blues outfit know they have the potential to beat the Maroons, and the ability to be the team that kicks off a new era for New South Wales.
On paper the sunshine state stars have little to worry about.
Take the numbers of the No. 6’s for example.
Lockyer in the Maroon’s No. 6 will be donning the jersey for the 36th time on Wednesday night, compared with New South’s Jamie Soward who only made his Origin debut this year.
Locky is the greatest in the game, hands down, but Soward has a few kicking tricks up his boot and will be out to match the man and Queensland must watch him and put far more pressure on the Dragons’ star than they did in Game 2.
Then there’s the battle of the up-and-coming flyers.
For Queensland Jharal Yow Yeh has been an absolute standout.
Scoring on debut in Game 1, the Maroon No. 5 and Broncos young gun made a few key errors in game two, but will be out to atone for those errors and there will be plenty of smart punters at Luxbet betting on Yow Yeh in the First Tryscorer markets.
In the Blues No. 5 is Newcastle Knights star Akuila Uate, also playing in just his third Origin match.
He has the speed and turn of foot to leave a lagging Queensland wall of defence in his wake, also making him an attractive bet for punters in the State of Origin Tryscorer Odds at Luxbet.
Lockyer isn’t the only star in the Maroon’s instrumental backbone, there’s also Johnathan Thurston, Cameron Smith and big old Petero Civoniceva.
These blokes have been there and done that time in and time out, but the fire is still in their bellies, the skills are still there for all to see and this experience, combined with the home crowd support, make Queensland a very hard team to beat.
So back the mighty Maroons at Luxbet now before odds shorten, or if you are a true blue New South Wales supporter, jump on their juicy Luxbet price for an upset and prepare for the nail-biting finale!
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2011 State of Origin XXXX Maroons Queensland Team Game 3:
1. Billy Slater (Melbourne Storm)
2. Darius Boyd (St George Illawarra Dragons)
3. Justin Hodges (Brisbane Broncos)
4. Greg Inglis (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
5. Jharal Yow Yeh (Brisbane Broncos)
6. Darren Lockyer (c) (Brisbane Broncos)
7. Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland Cowboys)
8. Matthew Scott (North Queensland Cowboys)
9. Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm)
10. Petero Civoniceva (Penrith Panthers)
11. Nate Myles (Sydney Roosters)
12. Sam Thaiday (Brisbane Broncos)
13. Ashley Harrison (Gold Coast Titans)
Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm)
Ben Hannant (Brisbane Broncos)
Jacob Lillyman (New Zealand Warriors)
Dane Nielsen (Melbourne Storm)
Corey Parker (Brisbane Broncos)