Queensland and New South Wales clash in a Game 3 decider as the 2020 State of Origin series heads north to Brisbane to Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday November 18.
After the Maroons recorded an upset victory in Game 1 of the series, the Blues bounced back last week in Sydney thrashing the Maroons 34-10.
QLD Maroons Form & Team News
Master coach Wayne Bennett will be hoping his young side will be able to put last weeks performance behind them as they look forward to tackling the Blues in a home decider in front of 50,000 people.
Cameron Munster has been named despite failing to finish the game last week (concussion), while his Storm teammate Christian Welch has also been named in the starting line-up after missing Game 2 due to concussion.
Welch’s inclusion has pushed Dunamis Lui to the bench with Moeaki Fotuaika dropping out of the 17, while Corey Allan and Harry Grant are both named to debut on the wing and bench respectively, replacing Phillip Sami and Ben Hunt.
The Maroons team list for Wednesday can be found below:
1. Valentine 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
NSW Blues Form & Team News
The Blues overcome a slow start in Game 2, scoring 28 straight points to ice the game following Xavier Coates opening try in the seventh minute of the match.
Blues halves Cody Walker and man of the match Nathan Cleary were much improved in Game 2, leading their team brilliantly around the park on the back of Cleary’s dominant kicking game.
The Blues have named an unchanged 17, with the only changes being Ryan Papenhuyzen added to the reserves list.
The Blues team for Wednesday can be found below:
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
Blues vs Maroons Head To Head
The Maroons boast a narrow lead over the Blues in head-to-head matches, winning 62 of 118 games with two draws.
The Blues recorded a stunning 26-20 victory over the Maroons in last year's decider in Sydney, securing a 2-1 series win on the back of a solo James Tedesco try.
Blues vs Maroons Betting Odds
The Blues are 1.47 short priced favourites to defeat the Maroons at 2.77, with the line set at -6.5 for the Blues (1.90) and +6.5 for the Maroons (1.90).
Blues vs Maroons Match Up
So far this series, each game has been won and dominated by the best halfback on the night, and leading into Game 3 it won’t be any different.
In Game One it was Maroons halfback Daly Cherry-Evans who led his side to victory on the back of an outstanding offensive and kicking game.
In Game 2 in Sydney, Blues and Penrith halfback Nathan Cleary returned serve with an outstanding performance to orchestrate the Blue firing offense.
Whoever takes control of Game 3 will be instrumental to their side's chances.
Blues vs Maroons Key Stats
- The Maroons have won 62 of 118 matches over the Blues.
- The last time the Blues won a decider in Queensland after losing Game One of a series was 2005.
- The Blues completed 15 more sets-of-six than the Maroons.