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    Queensland Vs. New Sth Wales

    2012 NRL State of Origin, 4 July, 2012

    Suncorp Stadium, QLD
    Queensland 21 defeated New Sth Wales 20
    Queensland New Sth Wales
    21 FINAL SCORE 20
    3 TRIES 3
    2/2 PENALTY GOALS 1/1
    1/2 FIELD GOAL 0/1
    Top scorers:
    • Queensland - Jonathan Thurston 12pts (1T 4G)
    • New Sth Wales - Todd Carney 8pts (0T 4G)
    Important moments:
    • Queensland took the lead at the 38 min. mark 2nd half
    • Cooper Cronk (QLD) scored at the 74 min. mark 2nd half
    Referee: T Archer
    Touch judges: R Turner & D Abood

    The New South Wales Blues head to a hostile Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane to take on the Queensland Maroons in Game 3 of the 2012 State of Origin series, with a sellout home crowd cheering on the Maroons to in seven in a row. Join us for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm AEST.

    It all comes down to this. The 2012 State of Origin series has been one to remember and will conclude tonight with an explosive encounter between two teams desperate to win.

    Queensland will be looking to win their seventh series in a row, thus continuing an Origin legacy that started way back in 2006.

    New South Wales will be hoping they can start a legacy of their own by claiming their first series victory in seven years.

    If the Blues were to win tonight, it could signal the beginning of a new era of competitiveness for New South Wales, after suffering many years of interstate heartache.


    For New South Wales to win tonight, halfback Mitchell Pearce will need to pick up his kicking game in the Origin arena. He needs significant improvement if he is to make the most of the strong work the Blues produce upfront.

    Although the Maroons are without Billy Slater (knee), Greg Inglis has slotted in to and is just as capable of producing devastating kick returns if Pearce fails to find the grass with his kicks.

    If Pearce and Todd Carney can kick intelligently, it will go a long way to putting Queensland on the back foot against a Blues pack that has dominated the opening two Origin encounters.

    Paul Gallen, James Tamou, Anthony Watmough, Robbie Farah and Tim Grant were hugely strong upfront for New South Wales in Game 2 and will once again cause problems if Pearce and Carney can win field position with their kicking games.

    Maintaining discipline and keeping errors at a minimum will also prove crucial to New South Wales’ chances of winning tonight.

    The Blues can ill-afford to put themselves under unnecessary pressure against a Queensland side eager to make a strong impression at home.

    Maroons halves Cooper Cronk and Johnathon Thurston in particular will be desperate to perform well tonight given that both players have struggled to really perform for Queensland in the opening two matches.

    Playing away from home, the last thing the Blues need to do is offer an invitation for Thurston and Cronk to dominate play, by making errors and giving away stupid penalties in their own half.

    Roar expert Tim Prentice expects the Maroons will hit peak form and be back to their “awesome best” when it matters most after being below expectations in the first two games.

    With Queensland set to come out all guns blazing, it is important for New South Wales to weather the early storm and stay in the arm wrestle for the opening 20 minutes.

    If the Blues do end up conceding first points, Queensland will seize momentum, and at home, they will be very difficult to run down, particularly if Thurston, Cronk, Cameron Smith and Inglis hit their groove.

    With history firmly on the line tonight, this may become one of the best Origin deciders in history.

    Despite the very promising performances from New South Wales thus far, expect Queensland to go up a few gears at home. Can they emerge victorious against a Blues team that will come out hard, but who have been susceptible to falling away in the dying minutes?

    State of Origin III – Photo gallery

    Brent Tate punches NSW player Greg Bird Civenoceva in State of Origin 3, 2012 Greg Inglis runs in Origin 3, 2012 QLD win Origin 3

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    • 11:00am
      Diane Jones said | 11:00am | ! Report

      The one main complaint I have is the disgraceful crowd at Suncorp Stadium for Game 3, I live in Qld but I was ashamed of the Qld crowd because of all the booing that they gave NSW after the game had finished. Haven’t they every heard about what is good sportsmanship we are all part of Australia and the least that they could have done was given them applause as well as they did try extremely hard to beat Qld you have to agree that it was a terrific game and a very close result (only a field goal in it).
      People should applaude a wonderful game like that for both sides who played in the game, as they are all great sportsmen NOT JUST QLD.
      I am only talking about after the game is finished (I understand why you do the booing during the game but it is a bit much when you do it at the conclusion especially after Qld had won the game)
      The crowd did exactly the same thing last year when Paul Gallen (who is a great player you all don’t mind him when he plays for Australia) spoke at the end of the series I don’t blame him for not speaking this time Why would he want to waste his time speaking to a disgusting crowd of people like that.

      • 11:02am
        Peter West said | 11:02am | ! Report

        Good on you Diane when the game is over the players on both sides deserve the appreciation of the crowd i am afraid its just the mindset of queenslanders that can’t appreciate anything from south of the border a shame really.

    • 12:40pm
      Eric of Young said | 12:40pm | ! Report

      Just touching on Ricky Stuart as coach of the blues, WHAT A JOKE, if he was a club coach he would have been sacked long ago and now the NRL is looking at throwing him $500,00 to stay on. There is more talented coaches out there, why not give one of them a go, surely they cant do any worse.

    • 7:03am
      wMc said | 7:03am | ! Report

      Ricky Stuart once a loser, always a loser. Love it!. He should have been thrown out of the game after his disgraceful behaviour when Kangaroos coach

      • 10:40am
        Stevo said | 10:40am | ! Report

        Take a look at Ricky Stuart’s RL achievements and get back to me. That would make 90% of RL players in history losers if you use him as the measuring mark.

    • 2:01am
      Dubble Bubble said | 2:01am | ! Report

      If we have an award for player of the serieso why not also an award for non player of the series? My nomination goes to Mitchell Pearce. He can also get the gong from last year as well.

    • 12:22am
      Stevo said | 12:22am | ! Report

      NSW just have to understand its a 20 to 30 % chance of winning at Suncorp. The gap of 20% to make it a 50/50 proposition involves the refs policing the 10meters for both sides. Dont take my word for it, watch the game an pay focus on the countless number of sets where the refs, especially boof head Tony Archer ignored the toads well inside the 10. Uncomprehending. Hence, NSW play the ball, toad already on 1st receiver. you cant win a game with this bias. The crowd made sure NSW didnt dare overstep the 10, every time they booed Archer shat himself and had his head in overdrive going left and right to check. Count how many times toads passed the ball 2 to 3 out before Blues up to defend. If Thurston is a gentleman, he will hand his $1000.00 MOTM cheque to Archer. It should be your team players that instigate your opportunities, not the ref.

      • Roar Guru

        SandBox said | 4:03am | ! Report

        no need to pay anyone after the game, we do that in advance. We went to the Putin school of business you know. Maybe, just maybe, we actually have a great team, nothing to do with Refs, or your team.

        To be honest the Refereeing has gone down hill ever since the Grasshopper retired

        • 12:21pm
          Stevo said | 12:21pm | ! Report

          Since Grasshopper retired, it hasn’t gone down hill at all !!
          Its remained the same.

      • 8:23am
        wMc said | 8:23am | ! Report

        did your team lose?

      • 8:56pm
        Shayne said | 8:56pm | ! Report

        Totally disagree – think u need to go to OPSM – Tony Archers decisions throughout the game did NOT favour Qld – have another look

      • 10:21am
        EM said | 10:21am | ! Report

        Waaaaa waaaaa waaaa – NSW – Never Stop Whingeing!

    • Roar Guru

      SandBox said | 12:01am | ! Report

      trying to find the post by the guy who picked the drop goal difference in advance. Want to ask him for some race picks or even stock market tips. Can’t believe how right he got it

    • 11:17pm
      evet said | 11:17pm | ! Report



      • 8:53am
        Luke M said | 8:53am | ! Report

        whatever mate, Qld lost 3 series and origin was dead?

        • 3:00pm
          Adam Bartles said | 3:00pm | ! Report

          I never complained about the schooling Johnsie gave us in 2005. That was pure class Rugby League and I was privileged to have witnessed such a great game.

          QLD lost to a better team and I took my hat off to NSW for constructing some of the most exciting origin football ever played.

          All I’ve been hearing since QLD’s dominance in 2006 is cheat this, refs that and he’s not from QLD. It’s been the same every year since.

          You guys even came up with ‘you beaut’ excuses about our 3-0 thrashing of NSW in 2010.

          No graciousness in defeat, just pure whingers.

          • 9:43pm
            James62 said | 9:43pm | ! Report

            Totally agree. NSW need to learn how to be humble and accept defeat. As Johnsie said on his footy show NSW dont know how to be humble in winning or defeat like Qld

    • 10:52pm
      Aaron said | 10:52pm | ! Report

      Cheers thanks guys….

      Oh an to all the blues whinging….. One call doesnt make a game. Seriously qld could have won by twenty.

      Came right down to the final minutes after 270 mins of football how can you complain

      Queensland will win ten 🙂

      • 11:03pm
        Gleeso said | 11:03pm | ! Report

        On the back of the Inglis “try” I am just left bitter. I make no apology for that. Inglis is from NSW. Big time.

        • 9:03am
          Sage said | 9:03am | ! Report

          And Peter Sterling is from Toowoomba. What’s your point. He qualifies, end of story. Sooking is so unbecoming.

      • 11:44pm
        Pete75 said | 11:44pm | ! Report

        So, the final score is 21-20 and you think that “one call doesn’t make the game”?

        You’re a space cadet.

        • 12:08am
          Queensland's Game Is Rugby League said | 12:08am | ! Report

          NSW would have lost by more if Morris was put in the bin for the professional foul he made on the NSW tryline.

        • 7:17pm
          James62 said | 7:17pm | ! Report

          I have to laugh at people who whinge about score lines and loosing because of ref decissions. look back over the years of state of origin and see how many times Qld lost to a ref decission with forward passes being let go and NSW scoring to win the series. Not once nor twice but a number of times. Its part of the game and if you are whinging about that try why didnt Farrah continue to play the game and try to stop QLD from scoring, but instead he threw up his arms crying because he knew he had no hope what so ever to stop a legal try. Johnsie said on his footy show that QLD are humble in winning but NSW want to rub it in and that NSW need to learn how to be humble in winning. They also need to know how to be humble in loosing and accept they played well but just didnt get there. The supporters of coarse take it hard but eventually it will be your day and in away I hope that is soon for you guys. Whinging about ref decissions is not becoming of good sports. So understand I feel for NSW supporters but I dont take to whinging and whining about loosing the series and trying to place blame on anything but that it just wasnt there night. It will not change you life nor be the end of time. Enjoy the game for what it is and get on with life. No hard feelings but go QLD

      • 6:37am
        Bm said | 6:37am | ! Report

        270 minutes is it? See ya mate.

    • 10:51pm
      Worlds biggest said | 10:51pm | ! Report

      Thurston was MOM although Inglis would have been close. Qld were the better side for the last hour of the game. The Blues started well but then lost there shape and Qld got on top. The Blues simply made far too many errors particularly when they got back in the game. They were gallant in hanging in there and coming back but the errors really stacked up. I’ve got no problem with the Hodges try, if that was NSW we would be calling it a try. It was just lazy defending. The Blues will really rue this game as a big opportunity lost, they lost composure far too often. Well done to Qld for winning this series not playing any where near here best, mark of a great team.

      • 10:54pm
        Gleeso said | 10:54pm | ! Report

        Inglis was easily the best NSWelshmen on the field.

        • 12:21am
          Meesta Cool said | 12:21am | ! Report

          How good were the Morris Twins… so much for them not being ‘Origin players’. and WHEN is Farah going
          concentrate on the game instead of appealing for free kicks.. He was brilliant in game 2 and average tonight..

          • 8:57am
            Jimbo Jones said | 8:57am | ! Report

            Agree that Farah was not as good as he was in Game 2, but the guy was suffering from concussion so he did bloody well. I cant imagine that the next candidate (Ennis) would have done any better throughout the series. Without Farahs kicking it would have never have been as close.

        • 8:52am
          wMc said | 8:52am | ! Report

          A NSWelshman just like Tamou eh?

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 10:46pm | ! Report

      Thurston was named man of the match guys. Fully deserved.

      QLD 21
      NSW 20

    • 10:40pm
      Aaron said | 10:40pm | ! Report

      Guys who got man of the match?

    • 10:30pm
      Bill Larkin said | 10:30pm | ! Report

      Some of the “we wuz robbed” posts are really tiresome. The refs played no part in this win.

      • 10:44pm
        Bm said | 10:44pm | ! Report

        What a great game and we have the 7th in a row. If that wasn’t a Shepard though, what is?

        • 11:49pm
          roarr said | 11:49pm | ! Report

          when a player actually gets impeded

        • 1:13am
          Gareth said | 1:13am | ! Report

          It would have to be something like Hodges-Hannant-Farah rather than Hodges-Farah with his arms up-Hannant. Not sure how you can rule a shepard when the supposedly obstructing player is directly behind you and the guy with the ball is directly in front of you.

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