State Of Origin Rugby League Live Queensland Maroons vs New South Wales Blues Stream AFL 2015 Seasons Game 3 match will be kick off at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Wednesday 08 July 2015 online, 20.10 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Nine, Fox Sports, Radio 2GB,Triple M, ABC Grandstand.
By the end of Wednesday night, either New South Wales will have successfully defended their State of Origin shield, or Queensland will have regained it after their eight-year dynasty ended last year.
The Blues are unchanged from the side that won in Melbourne three weeks ago, however hooker Robbie Farah still remains in doubt after injuring his hand playing for the Wests Tigers against Penrith just over a week ago.
If he is not passed fit, Michael Ennis, who hasn’t played Origin since 2011, will take his place.
Meanwhile, the Maroons have made several changes as they attempt to win back the series, with Cooper Cronk and Josh Papalii coming back in, while Dane Gagai makes his debut.
Daly Cherry-Evans and Josh McGuire have both been omitted, while Billy Slater was ruled out due to a shoulder injury for which he has undergone season-ending surgery. This sees Greg Inglis move to fullback, Will Chambers move into the centres and Gagai on the wing.
Why the Maroons will win
Not only will the Maroons be desperate to reclaim the Origin crown, they will also want to win it for veteran centre Justin Hodges, playing his last game in the Origin arena.
The 35-year-old has come a long way since making his debut in Game 2 of the 2002 series, in which he produced two in-goal clangers to gift two tries to NSW, though the Maroons won 26-18.
The Maroons also have the-ground advantage and thus the crowd behind them.
Why the Blues will win
The Blues will still be brimming with confidence following their against-the-odds Game 2 victory in Melbourne, and with an unchanged line-up should fancy their chances.
They also proved that they could win in enemy territory, as they did in Game 1 last year en route to their first Origin series victory since 2005. The burning question is whether they can win their first decider in Brisbane since 2005.
The Blues need strong performances from fullback Josh Dugan, halves Mitchell Pearce and Trent Hodkinson, and captain Paul Gallen if they are to have any chance of retaining their shield.
Queensland by 12 points.
Qld Maroons Teams: 1. Billy Slater, 2. Darius Boyd, 3. Greg Inglis, 4. Justin Hodges, 5. Will Chambers, 6. Johnathan Thurston, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans, 8. Matt Scott, 9. Cameron Smith (c) 10. Nate Myles, 11. Aidan Guerra, 12. Sam Thaiday, 13. Corey Parker
Interchange: 14. Michael Morgan, 15. Josh McGuire, 16. Matt Gillett, 17. Jacob Lillyman
NSW Blues Teams: 1. Josh Dugan, 2. Will Hopoate, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Josh Morris, 5. Brett Morris, 6. Mitchell Pearce, 7. Trent Hodkinson, 8. James Tamou, 9. Robbie Farah (c), 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Beau Scott, 12. Ryan Hoffman, 13. Paul Gallen
Interchange: 14. Trent Merrin, 15. Boyd Cordner 16. David Klemmer, 17. Josh Jackson