State of Origin Preview - NSW v QLD (Game 3)

07-07-2010 08:00PM at ANZ Stadium, Sydney

Referee: Tony Archer and Shayne Hayne
Touch Judges: Paul Holland and David Abood
Referee: Bill Harrigan and Tim Mander

The dead rubber for 2010 will be anything but dead after tackle 1 of the first set at ANZ stadium tonight. Players are fully aware of what is at stake with Australian selectors watching and the realisation by NSW players that one dropped ball or one missed tackle and they will never play origin again. Interesting to see how they react to this pressure though. Mitchell Pearce will be better for the two origin games he has under his belt and Jarryd Hayne will want to convince his critics, as well as himself that his struggles this year can be quickly forgotten.

Unfortunately for Hayne and NSW, this Queensland squad is motivated, confident and still angry. It could spell disaster for the blues and probably will. As far as predictions go.... Jason King and Kade Snowden get completely out muscled by the QLD pack, Cameron Smith leads the way up front in attack and a Queensland backline that will go down in history as the best ever will prove too classy for the likes of Beau Scott and Michael Gordon. For blues fans, tonight is about proving that we can one day win a series. For the Maroons it is simply a celebration, which they will carry out in style.

My Man of the Match Prediction: Cameron Smith (QLD)
My Tip: I still can't type the words... NSW 14-12

The Teams

  New South Wales    Queensland 

1. Jarryd Hayne Fullback 1. Billy Slater
2. Brett Morris Wing 2. Darius Boyd
3. Michael Jennings Centre 3. Greg Inglis
4. Beau Scott Centre 4. Willie Tonga
5. Michael Gordon Wing 5. Israel Folau
6. Trent Barrett Five Eighth 6. Darren Lockyer
7. Mitchell Pearce Halfback 7. Johnathan Thurston
8. Kade Snowden Prop 8. Petero Civoniceva
9. Michael Ennis Hooker 9. Cameron Smith
10. Jason King Prop 10. Matthew Scott
11. Luke Lewis Second Row 11. Nate Myles
12. Paul Gallen Second Row 12. Sam Thaiday
13. Greg Bird Lock 13. Ashley Harrison
14. Kurt Gidley Interchange 14. Cooper Cronk
15. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs Interchange 15. Neville Costigan
16. Tim Mannah Interchange 16. David Shillington
17. Anthony Watmough Interchange 17. Dave Taylor

Head to Head

2010 State of Origin Game 2 2010 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Queensland 34-6
2010 State of Origin Game 1 2010 ANZ Stadium Queensland 28-24
2009 State of Origin 3 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane New South Wales 28-16
2009 State of Origin 2 ANZ Stadium, Homebush Bay Queensland 24-14
2009 State of Origin 1 Etihad Stadium, Melbourne Queensland 28-18

LeagueUnlimited Tipsters - Courtesy of

Paul Mitry - Blues by 2

Tim Costello - Maroons by 10

Kevin Brennan - Maroons by 12

Justin Davies - Blues by 6

Ethan James - Maroons by 4

Jamie Scott - Blues by 14

Ian Ritchie - Maroons by 10

Paul Jobber - Maroons by 16

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