New South Wales target their first three-peat since 2003-05 when they face Queensland in a deciding State of Origin Game 3 showdown on Wednesday night at Suncorp Stadium.
New South Wales vs Queensland free State of Origin tips, predictions and preview –
NSW aiming to snap a three-match losing run vs Queensland at Suncorp…
State of Origin Tips
State of Origin Game 3 Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: State of Origin
🗓 Date: Wednesday November 18
⏰ Time: 8.10pm AEDT
🏟 Stadium: Suncorp Stadium
New South Wales vs Queensland Head to Head (last five matches)
The two teams have split the last six encounters at three wins apiece.
- 11/11/20: NSW 34-10 QLD
- 4/11/20: NSW 14-18 QLD
- 10/7/19: NSW 26-20 QLD
- 23/6/19: QLD 6-36 NSW
- 5/6/19: QLD 18-14 NSW
State of Origin Tips, Preview and Prediction
After bouncing back strongly from a disappointing performance in Game 1 to steamroll Queensland in Game 2 last week, New South Wales will be confident of wrapping up the 2020 State of Origin series on Wednesday night.
NSW are a far superior team to this Queensland outfit and proved it with a convincing 34-10 victory at ANZ Stadium last week. Josh Addo-Carr is in outstanding form and scored two more Origin tries, while Cody Walker’s inclusion in the starting side provided the spark the Blues were missing in Game 1.
NSW’s outside backs were extremely dangerous in Game 2, with James Tedesco, Jack Wighton and Daniel Tupou also crossing for tries.
Queensland were completely overwhelmed and were at a loss when the Blues put their foot down and asserted their authority midway through the first half.
Honestly, the Maroons are lucky to be in the position of playing for the series at their home fortress of Suncorp. NSW were in control of Game 1, leading 10-0 at half-time before losing the plot and allowing Queensland to score three tries against the run of play.
You can never count Queensland out of Origin, especially at home, but when this NSW team are firing, they are simply a far better side.
It’s a massive ask for the Maroons to turn things around in just a week and their confidence would have taken a battering from that Game 2 performance.
Wayne Bennett has made a couple of changes, but I can’t see Corey Allan or Harry Grant doing much to change the result.
Expect NSW to dominate with their forwards through the middle, allowing the likes of Walker and Nathan Cleary to shift the ball wide to speedy outside backs.
I backed the Blues to win before the series and Queensland haven’t done anything to change my mind. NSW to claim the shield in another convincing display and win three Origin series in a row for the first time since 2005.
New South Wales vs Queensland Teams
Corey Allan replaces Phillip Sami on the wing for Queensland, while Christian Welch returns after missing Game 2 with a concussion, pushing Moeaki Fotuaika out of the side.
Harry Grant also comes into the side, replacing Ben Hunt on the bench. Cameron Munster has been named despite playing just two minutes of Game 2 due to a head knock.
Brad Fittler has named the same 17 NSW players that toppled Queensland last week. Josh Addo-Carr is expected to overcome a toe injury to take his place on the wing.
NSW Blues: 1. James Tedesco (c) 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Clint Gutherson 4. Jack Wighton 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cody Walker 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Daniel Saifiti 9. Damien Cook 10. Payne Haas 11. Angus Crichton 12. Tyson Frizell 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Dale Finucane 15. Junior Paulo 16. Nathan Brown 17. Isaah Yeo 18. Ryan Papenhuyzen 19. Jarome Luai 20. Cameron McInnes 21. Nick Cotric
QLD Maroons: 1. Val Holmes 2. Xavier Coates 3. Kurt Capewell 4. Dane Gagai 5. Corey Allan 6. Cameron Munster 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Christian Welch 9. Jake Friend 10. Josh Papalii 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Jaydn Su’a 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 14. Harry Grant 15. Lindsay Collins 16. Jai Arrow 17. Dunamis Lui 18. Ben Hunt 19. Edrick Lee 20. Moeaki Fotuaika 21. Brenko Lee
New South Wales vs Queensland Stats
- QLD have won the last three Origin games at Suncorp
- The last six Origin III matches have been won by the home team
- Six of the last nine Origin matches have gone under the total points line
- NSW have won the first half in seven of the last eight Origin matches
- Valentine Holmes has been the first tryscorer in his last two Origin games at Suncorp
- Josh Addo-Carr has scored six tries in his last four Origin games
- Xavier Coates has scored a try in his last two Origin games
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