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New South Wales v Queensland State of Origin Game 3 Betting Tips - Can NSW salvage some pride?

  • NSW and QLD collide in Origin III on Wednesday July 13
  • Maroons aiming for clean sweep
  • Blues hoping to avoid fifth whitewash
Queensland and New South Wales collide in Game 3 of the 2016 State of Origin series on Wednesday July 13 in Sydney (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Queensland will look to clinch a State of Origin series whitewash over New South Wales for just the fifth time in history when the two fierce rivals collide on Wednesday night in Sydney.

Bet on & watch State of Origin Game 3 live online at bet365 > livestreaming > rugbyleague from 11:10 BST on Wednesday, July 13

The Maroons have already clinched the 2016 series, winning the opening game 6-4 before prevailing 26-16 last month in Brisbane.

While Queensland have already secured an incredible 10th State of Origin shield in the last 11 years, don’t make the mistake in thinking this ‘dead rubber’ Game 3 clash won’t be any less intense or ferocious.

Origin is Origin. Nobody will be taking a backwards step at ANZ Stadium, with Queensland aiming to add further misery to Laurie Daley and his Blues side, while NSW will be hoping to save face and lay a solid foundation and platform for the 2017 series.

What is there to say about this remarkable Queensland team that hasn’t already been said over their last decade of unprecedented dominance? They are simply a more superior side to NSW and the Blues will just to have to bide their time until the tide turns. The Maroons have won 12 of the last 17 matches over the last six years - a remarkable stat considering how the two sides were pretty much equal in terms of overall wins 10 years ago.

Kevin Walters has made a seamless transition into Origin coaching after taking over from Mal Meninga. But truth be told, pretty much anyone could walk into the Queensland setup and ‘coach’ them to a win. They’ve been there so many times before and the core of their side has remained the same. When push comes to shove - as it has in the first two games - Queensland don’t panic and have the confidence to push through. NSW could have easily won the Game 1 and 2 - they were camped on the Maroons line in Sydney and if Michael Jennings was one centimetre shorter or taller the Blues would have been leading inside the last 10 minutes in Brisbane. But winning is a habit for Queensland now - and it showed.

Walters has been forced into a couple of changes from his winning side, with Michael Morgan and Josh Papalii both missing out through injury. Nate Myles comes back into the team after recovering from an injury of his own, while Gavin Cooper has earned his Origin debut at the age of 30 - meaning Queensland will have an all-forward bench for the first time in a while.

For NSW the goal is simple - win at all costs. After winning the 2014 series it appeared as if the Blues had finally found the solution for Queensland’s once-in-a-lifetime squad. But they’ve gone backwards in the next two years, and win a here is paramount in starting 2017 on the front foot.

Daley finally bit the bullet and named James Tedesco, who has been in irresistible form all season, at fullback as a replacement for Matt Moylan. Tyson Frizell has retained his spot after an impressive debut at Suncorp, while Wade Graham will make his Origin debut after being suspended for Game 2. Those inclusions mean veteran Greg Bird has likely played his last Origin game, while Josh Dugan also returns in the centres. Adam Reynolds has been ruled out, with Moylan coming back into the side - although Daley has yet to name who will partner James Maloney in the halves.

Prediction:

Like most Origins (at least in Sydney), this clash is quite tough to predict. Queensland say they won’t take the foot off the pedal, and with Corey Parker retiring at the end of the season, you can’t doubt them. But naturally they will have enjoyed this week and perhaps their preparation won’t be as meticulous as the first two games. Which could work in two ways - either they play without pressure and blitz the Blues, or NSW take advantage and are in superior shape in the last 10 minutes where so many Origin games are decided. It’s really a toss-up, but I’ll back NSW and their desperation to salvage something from the series to get them through in another close one.

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Back NSW to win by 1-5 points @ 9/2 bet365


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New South Wales v Queensland State of Origin Game 3 Betting Tips - Can NSW salvage some pride?

Queensland will look to clinch a State of Origin series whitewash over New South Wales for just the fifth time in history when the two fierce rivals collide on Wednesday night in Sydney.

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