Out of the 32 series since State Of Origin became a three-game affair back in 1982 just seven of those have been a clean sweep but on Wednesday night the New South Wales Blues will be fighting for an eighth when they take on a Queensland Maroons side playing for pride alone at Suncorp Stadium in Game 3.
State Of Origin Game 3
- Queensland Maroons v New South Wales Blues
- Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
- Wednesday July 9
- 8:15pm (local)
It’s not a sell-out crown for third and final 2014 State Of Origin match, but it is still shaping up to be a tense and, thanks to a new combo of referees, hopefully free flowing dead rubber.
After their eight year dominance the Maroons lost their first series going down to a reinvigorated NSW outfit both in Game 1 in Brisbane and then Game 2 in a one-try-to-none in Sydney three weeks ago.
They are back at home for this however and keen to ‘celebrate the eight’ by handing the Blues a hiding similar to that back in 2005 when NSW last celebrated a series win.
New South Wales are after their first 3 – 0 whitewash over Queensland since 2000
It was a sour end for the series winners that year with Queensland handing them a 36 – 6 thrashing, but Blues coach Laurie Daley is hoping to atone for that this week so his boys can really enjoy holding up the shield post-game.
It’s a tough ask to have the Blues peak three times in a single series, and the fact they’ve only enjoyed three clean sweeps in Origin history shows what they’re up against.
Their most recent 3 – 0 victory though was an embarrassingly easy 56 – 16 win back in Game 3 of 2000 so they can do it when in the right frame of mind.
They have come from behind in both the Origin games this year, but if they let Queensland get too many on the board early this time they won’t have that desperation to help claw their way back.
There are plenty of stats to support a win by Queensland too including the fact that the series winners have won game three in an already-decided series in Brisbane just four times out of 11.
The last of those was by the Blues though in a gritty 15 – 14 win thanks to a Brad Fittler field goal back in 1996.
The Queensland State Of Origin Game 3 side has a couple of changes with injury ruling out both Matt Scott and Brent Tate.
Origin Game III Tip: Queensland by 12 points
Coming in to replace them are Will Chambers in their long awaited Origin debut on the wing and Jacob Lillyman in the starting line-up instead of Scott.
After breaking his arm ten minutes into Game 1, Cooper Cronk has made an incredible recovery and is back for the third pushing Daly Cherry-Evans onto the bench.
Big Dave Taylor is also still in the 17 man squad too after Chris McQueen injured his ankle.
For New South Wales their Game 3 side will be without Will Hopoate, Michael Jennings and the suspended Anthony Watmough.
That brings in the returning James McManus, Josh Morris and Boyd Cordner.
So where will it be won?
Jarryd Hayne, looking to secure Man of the Series, will surely play a greater roll again here after his Origin 2 efforts were hampered by a stomach bug.
He was on fire in the opener and if that magic comes back he’ll be setting it up for the visitors.
The Blues though are going to have to keep an eye on Justin Hodges and his dummy-half runs that are second to none.
Our tip? Whoever scores first wins the game and we think that will be Queensland fighting for not the series but to thank their fans for all their support over their great reign that ended this year.
Queensland is the $1.57 in the latest State Of Origin odds while the Blues are out to $2.45.
Along with the head-to-head State Of Origin betting markets there are plenty of other exciting options including Ladbrokes.com.au exclusive Footy Freaks markets.
State Of Origin 2014 Game 3 Betting: Footy Freaks
- Billy Slater to score a try at any time and Queensland to win $3.40
- Greg Inglis to score a try at any time and Queensland to win $3
- Sam Thaiday to score a try at any time and Queensland to win $7
- Jarryd Hayne to score at any time and NSW to win $5
- Trent Hodkinson to score a try at any time and NSW to win $11
- Greg Bird to score a try at any time and NSW to win $13