Game 3 of the 2020 State of Origin series heads to Brisbane where Suncorp Stadium will host a series decider between Queensland and New South Wales on Wednesday November 18.
After an upset loss to the Maroons in Game 1, Nathan Cleary led the Blues to victory in Game 2 with an outstanding man of the match performance.
The Queensland prop has been in career best form throughout the 2020 season, leading the Canberra Raiders to the preliminary finals in the NRL and dominating the middle of the field in Game 1 of the series
A 182cm, 112kg wrecking ball, the man affectionately known as 'Big Papa' was crowned the Mal Meninga Medalist in 2020 as the Raiders best player this season, recording 44 tackle breaks in 2020 along with 1207.7 post contact metres and 24 offloads.
Papalii backed up his outstanding form in Game 1 of the series to dominate the middle of the field, running for 109 metres from 14 runs, including 59 post contact metres.
Currently enjoying the best form of his career and after playing a part in the Maroons glory sides of yesteryear, will be determined to lead his side to Origin glory in Game 3.
Hot favourite to win the 2020 Dally M Medal before his Blues team-mate Jack Wighton took out the award in controversial fashion, the Penrith Panthers halfback has taken the step from an exciting playmaker to arguably the competition's best halfback.
After receiving heavy criticism following the Blues loss in Game 1, Luke Keary was dropped in what looked to be Cleary’s last chance at the Blues halfback role. However, as all good players do, he dominated Game 2 in a strong man of the match performance.
At just 22 years of age, Cleary has already recorded 100 career NRL appearances and possesses arguably the best kicking games in the competition as she showed in Game 2.
After taking out man of the match in Game 2 and Daly Cherry-Evans winning the award in Game 1, whichever halfback takes control of the game will be vital towards winning the match and the series.
The North Queensland Cowboys and Maroons fullback has been named in the number one jumper for Game 3, but with strong mail suggesting he will be transferred to the wing on game day, it proposes a wonderful opportunity for Holmes.
A speed machine who possesses one of the best running games in the competition, after trying his hand at NFL last year he returned to have a solid enough 2020 NRL season, shifting between fullback and the wing.
Boasting an outstanding record of ten tries from eight Origin appearances, Holmes has scored first in the last two State of Origin games at Suncorp Stadium.
Although he has the potential to be one of the best fullbacks in the game, Holmes talent on the wing is undeniable and with Corey Allen a strong chance to shift to the back it can free up Holmes.