Queensland v NSW State of Origin Game 3 Predictions & Tips
The 2020 State of Origin series is heading to a decider, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Get BettingPro.com’s best tips for the third Origin encounter at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Wednesday.
Queensland v NSW State of Origin Game 3 Predictions & Tips (Wednesday 09:10 GMT)
New South Wales didn’t take to kindly to losing the first State of Origin game in Adelaide, and they hit back in style last Wednesday as they ran out 34-10 winners in Sydney to level the series.
The Blues were in no mood to give up their title and they ran in six tries with Josh Addo-Carr grabbing a brace with Cody Walker, James Tedesco, Jack Wighton and Daniel Tupou also crossing over.
Brad Fittler’s men dominated the game, and Queensland looked shy of ideas and had to play the majority of the game without star player Cameron Munster, after he picked up a head knock early on and was not cleared to return.
Munster has since been named as number six for game three, and he will be hoping to have more of a say on this game than he did in Sydney. Maroons coach Wayne Bennett was less than impressed with his side’s performance, and he has decided to make a few changes for the decider in Brisbane.
Ben Hunt, who had to replace Munster in the halves, has been dropped altogether with Harry Grant named on the bench with the talented hooker set for his Origin debut. Bennett has since had to make some late changes to his team with Xavier Coates being ruled out with a groin problem. His place on the wing will be taken by Valentine Holmes with Corey Allan moving to full-back, while Edrick Lee will mke his Origin debut in the centres.
Fittler has refused to change a winning formula, as he has named the same 17 that dominated the game last Wednesday. There was some concern on whether Addo-Carr would be fit after picking up a knock on his toe, but he has been cleared to play.
Before game 2, a lot of people said the Origin series gone stale and there was not enough hatred and fighting in the matches. Well, that changed on Wednesday as Queensland lock Tino Fa’asuamaleaui and NSW prop Payne Haas were sent to the sin bin for fighting. It will be interesting to see how these to go at each other in Brisbane. Everyone will remember how Haas gestured to Fa’asuamaleaui as he walked off the field to ‘come and get some’. Will this fight spill over to game 3? Only time will tell.
Before the series, I backed the Blues to win 2-1 and I still think that will happen. Queensland need to be better than they were in Sydney, but there is something about Fittler’s men that makes me think they will soak up everything the Maroons can throw at them and then hit them on the break.
I am backing NSW to win this one by 13+ points and silence the home crowd at the Suncorp Stadium, while I am sticking with my old faithful of Addo-Carr scoring at any time. ‘The Foxx’ loves Origin, he is so pumped up when he is on the field. The likes of Nathan Cleary and Walker will work hard to get the ball to him and I expect him to score at any time during the game.
Cleary was outstanding for the Blues in game and rightly deserved the man of the match award, he will be key to what NSW can create in attack but I feel he will be outdone by a team-mate. James Tedesco captained the Blues for the first time in Sydney, and it was like that role was built for him. I am backing the Sydney Roosters full-back to be dominant in both attack and defence and win the man of the match award in Brisbane.
Josh Addo-Carr comes alive during State of Origin, that is a fact. Don’t get me wrong, he is a great player normally but once Origin comes around, he is a different animal indeed. If he was a cartoon character, he would be frothing at the mouth every time he put the Blues jersey on. He is a beast and has scored four tries in two matches with two in each game, so it makes sense that Sky Bet are including that in their offer.
New South Wales were unstoppable in Game 2 in Sydney as they ran in six tries to help seal a comfortable 34-10 victory to take this series to a decider in Brisbane. The Blues are loaded with amazing try scorers and if the Maroons are not on the game, they could be hammered once again. James Tedesco, Josh Addo-Carr and Daniel Tupou all crossed over in Sydney, and if they are in the mood to score tries for fun, then expect all three of these to be on the score sheet yet again.
Former New South Wales captain Paul Gallen is the latest ex-Origin player to come out and say that this Queensland side is the worst in their history. He admits they have some quality players, but they are not gelling as a team and that will be their downfall in Brisbane. So, if the likes of Gallen are right, then the Blues will have no problem in cruising to victory and a third successive State of Origin Series win. Only time will tell.
This might seem strange, but that hammering at the hands of New South Wales in Game 2 could be the best thing that has happened to Queensland. They were outclassed in every department – but you have to remember they lost Cameron Munster inside the first few minutes and his loss was crucial. The Maroons love it when their back is against the wall, plus this game is in Brisbane and they seem to grow an extra foot in height when they are on home territory. The one thing I do know about Origin footy is, never write off a wounded Queensland side.