State of Origin Game 3 Man of the Match tips - Nathan Cleary to lead NSW to 3-0 whitewash over Queensland

Andrew Hendrie 9 Jul 2018
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New South Wales are gunning for their first State of Origin series whitewash of Queensland since 2000 this Wednesday night - and we’ve made our tips for who will take home man of the match honours.

After almost letting Queensland slip back into the 2018 series in Game 2 at ANZ Stadium, NSW can now turn their attention to Game 3 knowing they have already wrapped up just their second Origin series since 2006 - and that should allow them to play without pressure and really drive the final nail in the Queensland coffin.

James Tedesco was man of the match in Game 1, Boyd Corder took home the honours in Game 2 and I’m backing another Blues star to do the same in Game 3 at Suncorp.

It most likely won’t be awarded to one of the above unless they have absolute blinders, so I’m going to side with Nathan Cleary ($10 with Ladbrokes). The young half is the future of Origin in NSW for the next decade, and with the shackles broken and series won, we could see the best of Cleary in Game 3.

Cleary has been solid without being overly spectacular, but he will likely have more creative license and run the ball a bit more than the first two games, taking more the load off James Maloney.

If NSW do indeed emerge triumphant, I can see Cleary playing a big role - and the man of the match crown should be within his grasp as a result.

However, if you’re backing Queensland to respond and avoid a first Origin series clean sweep since 2000, Cameron Munster ($9.00) is the bookies favourite to lead them on their way. And if you’re feeling a bit more optimistic, how about Daly Cherry-Evans to put his past Origin demons behind him and play a starring role at $17?!


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State of Origin Game 3 Man of the Match tips - Nathan Cleary to lead NSW to 3-0 whitewash over Queensland

New South Wales are gunning for their first State of Origin series whitewash of Queensland since 2000 this Wednesday night - and we’ve made our tips for who will take home man of the match honours.

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