2013 State of Origin Game 3 – NSW vs Queensland live scores, blog

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    New South Wales Vs. Queensland

    2013 NRL State of Origin, 18 July, 2013

    ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
    Queensland 12 defeated New South Wales 10
    New South Wales Queensland
    10 FINAL SCORE 12
    2 TRIES 2
    0/0 PENALTY GOALS 1/1
    0/0 FIELD GOAL 0/0
    Top scorers:
    • New South Wales - James McManus 4pts (1T 0G)
    • Queensland - Johnathan Thurston 8pts (1T 2G)
    Important moments:
    • Queensland took the lead at the 12 min. mark 1st half
    • James Maloney (NSW) scored at the 71 min. mark 2nd half
    Referee: Hayne, S
    Touch judges: Atkins, G & Carrall, S

    Welcome to the deciding match of State of Origin 2013. Can New South Wales rise to the occasion at home without captain Paul Gallen or will Queensland once again prove too strong? Join us for live scores and commentary from 8.00pm AEST.

    The Blues will not get a better opportunity than tonight to register their first series win over the Maroons since 2005.

    NSW has won its past two matches at ANZ Stadium against Queensland and will have no excuses should they fail to yet again secure a series win against their great rivals.

    Queensland, however, will have fond memories of the last time they played a decider in Sydney.

    The Maroons managed to defeat the Blues in the 2008 Origin decider at ANZ Stadium and possess the class and confidence necessary to inflict similar misery yet again on NSW.

    Despite being well outplayed at Suncorp three weeks ago, Blues coach Laurie Daley has remained loyal to the players that got the job done in Sydney six weeks ago.

    Halves Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney retain their place in the starting line-up for NSW despite struggling in Game 2 and must repay the coach’s faith with career defining performances tonight in front of the Blues faithful.

    Josh Dugan also keeps his spot at fullback while James McManus comes in on the wing to replace Nathan Merritt who has been dropped.

    NSW’s forward stocks, however, have undergone some key changes with Gallen the most notable absentee after succumbing to a foot injury late last week.

    Gallen’s absence means Robbie Farah will captain the Blues for the first time in his career and he will be joined in the frontrow alongside Tigers team-mate Aaron Woods.

    Boyd Cordner will also makes his debut for NSW off the bench. The young Roosters forward has been in outstanding form for the Bondi Junction club and replaces Josh Reynolds, who drops off the bench.

    With Gallen missing, it will be up to Luke Lewis, Ryan Hoffman, Greg Bird, Farah and Anthony Watmough to lead from the front in the Origin decider.

    Maroons coach Mal Meninga meanwhile has seen no need to change a side that has continually done the job for the past seven seasons.

    Debutants Josh Papalii and Daly Cherry-Evans retain their place in Queensland’s line-up after solid efforts in Game 2.

    Superstars Johnathon Thurston, Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith and Greg Inglis will also once again stand in the way of NSW’s hopes of securing an overdue Origin series victory at home.

    Prediction (Get live odds here)

    If the opening two games are anything to go by, tonight’s Origin decider could very well be decided during the opening 20 minutes.

    In Game 1, the Blues managed to outmuscle the Maroons in the first half, establishing a 14 nil lead courtesy of great work from their forwards.

    Queensland however returned the favour in Game 2 as they dominated field position and possession in the opening 20 minutes to all but end NSW’s chances of securing victory.

    Both teams will be very keen to avoid getting outmuscled in the opening 20 minutes, so we should expect both sets of forwards to really give it their all tonight.

    Queensland forwards Corey Parker, Sam Thaiday, Matt Scott and Nate Myles were all superb in Game 2 for the Maroons and will once again look to the lead the way upfront against the Blues.

    The same effort can also be expected from NSW forwards Bird, Lewis, Andrew Fifita, Hoffman and Watmough.

    The battle in the halves will also be fierce with Pearce and Maloney eager for redemption after being well outclassed by Cronk and Thurston in Game 2.

    The pressure on Pearce’s shoulders in particular will be massive tonight. The Roosters halfback really needs to on song with his kicking and passing game if he hopes to retain his NSW jersey for season’s to come.

    With Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds quickly establishing himself as one of the best no. 7’s in the NRL, another flat performance from Pearce will almost definitely see him relinquish his half back spot to Reynolds next season.

    With so much on the line, it is difficult to tip against Queensland, given the massive amount of big-game players they have at their disposal.

    While NSW will give it their all, a moment of brilliance from Cronk, Slater, Inglis, Thurston or Smith may once again allow the Maroons to seal their eighth consecutive series win.

    Queensland by two.

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    • 7:29pm
      K Man said | 7:29pm | ! Report

      What a Game, What a Show

      They made their claim, their claim for the state
      “No way in hell, it was going to be eight”
      But Queenslanders have got, this most incredible spirit
      In every corner in Australia, no doubt you’ll often hear it

      So the decider came around, in about mid July
      The night was looking fine, and spirits were running high
      The Maroons started well, their attack was most sleek
      Their defence rock solid, New South Wales looked bleak

      In the first 10 minutes, Queensland went up six nil
      Smith made the break, Thurston scored with the pill
      The kick went right over, and things were looked dire
      But NSW weren’t finished; they knew they were on fire

      Try saving tackles by Thaiday and Slater
      And Hodges brilliance, well we’ll talk about that later
      In the 26th minutes though, it all changed once again
      Morris put McManus, over the line for a gem

      A half time score of four against eight
      A conversion and a penalty, the difference at the break
      Queensland on top, Oh no, not again
      But NSW wouldn’t have it, not Farah and his men

      They stormed out of the blocks, destined for all glory
      But Hodges made sure, a Queensland victory was the story
      He scored a crackin try, and the crowd gave a roar
      Thurston couldn’t convert, so the score was twelve four

      But again they came back, the gallant NSW men
      Trent Merrin the try scorer, the score then twelve ten
      And just when you thought, that this game could give no more
      Out comes a streaker, and he almost caught the ball

      In the end Queensland won, a thriller of a match
      They took the final game, on NSW’s patch
      And Queensland are the champions, for the eighth time in a row
      The 2013 origin decider, what a game, what a show

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

      Good to see not a single gracious QLDer on here. Brilliant side you guys have. Series down to the wire again. Frustrating to be a NSW fan but a brilliant series. Love Origin and the tide will turn… One day.

      Hopefully DCE and Choc got through unscathed.

      • 10:58pm
        Varun said | 10:58pm | ! Report

        You’d be the same if you guys won. It’s hard not being arrogant when you never lose.

        • 11:04pm
          eagleJack said | 11:04pm | ! Report

          It’s more to do with winning yet STILL whinging about the refs.

          Cam Smith did your state proud with his speech.

          • 11:08pm
            Varun said | 11:08pm | ! Report

            Who was complaining about the refs? We did cop a few dud calls, but it was to be expected with the home ground advantage I guess. Over all a great game.

          • 11:17pm
            Jay C said | 11:17pm | ! Report

            We win despite the refs buddy. You guys whinge. There were some very dud calls. And if it was’t a knock-on before the Merrin try then I’m a monkeys uncle. Cam Smith always does our state proud mate. Because he is a champion. Baloney and Michelle had another fabulous game

            • 11:21pm
              Varun said | 11:21pm | ! Report

              Good one JC. I’m just glad NSW won the penalty count, imagine if they were smashed 8-2 by the refs & lost…… We wouldn’t hear the end of it.

            • 11:28pm
              eagleJack said | 11:28pm | ! Report

              If you think Merrin knocked on then you should give up watching rugby league Jay

              • 11:30pm
                Jay C said | 11:30pm | ! Report

                If you touch the ball with your hand and it falls in front of you. And one and a half million people see it. It’s a knock on

              • 11:34pm
                eagleJack said | 11:34pm | ! Report

                Wow. You have IQ Jay? Rewind it and come back to me.

                But thanks for explaining the rules to me.

              • 11:39pm
                Jay C said | 11:39pm | ! Report

                I have IQ. Maybe put the bong down before you start trippin buddy. It makes 3 quarters of no difference to me anyway. Queensland for the win!

              • 11:39pm
                Jay C said | 11:39pm | ! Report

                I have IQ. Maybe put the bong down before you start trippin buddy. It makes 3 quarters of no difference to me anyway. Queensland for the win!

              • 11:42pm
                eagleJack said | 11:42pm | ! Report

                Oh dear Jay you have embarrassed yourself. If you have IQ then use it. If you still come to the conclusion that Merrin knocked on then, well, there’s not a lot we can do to help you.

              • 11:55pm
                Varun said | 11:55pm | ! Report

                It bounced of Merrins foot, not hand. It looked like a knock on in real time, but replays showed otherwise.

            • 11:39pm
              Ur kidding said | 11:39pm | ! Report

              Your a monkeys uncle (your words)

              • 11:48pm
                Jay C said | 11:48pm | ! Report

                I was mocking your astounding use of grammar… ehhh I can’t even be bothered. We won. For all your rubbish you can’t take that away. Qld played much better than NSW and through as much adversity as game 3 2006 we were victorious. Go Queensland, you have done our state proud once again. NSW you were just not good enough once again.

        • 11:13pm
          Alan said | 11:13pm | ! Report

          Don’t be like that, NSW a good side. Just can’t find a way to to win, QLD tough to beat who are too good when the key moments happen.

      • 10:58pm
        Renegade said | 10:58pm | ! Report


        Unfortunately Lewis got injured….nothing good come out of this game lol

        • 11:06pm
          eagleJack said | 11:06pm | ! Report

          Lewis and the Sharks will be fine.

          I’d be more nervous if I was a Souths fan with GI. Not sure what happened with him, but a serious looking limp.

          • 1:53am
            V.O.R. said | 1:53am | ! Report

            Posterior Cruciate in first half…maybe 6-8 weeks…souths will be a different side…how the hell did this guy stay on with an injury like that at such a high level game….in effect Queensland won with 12 men or at least without a Centre to run with the ball…and just not any centre. Good chance that if that had been an injury to a NSW centre Cronk, Smith and Slater would of sniffed him out.

            • 9:04am
              Scott Minto said | 9:04am | ! Report

              NSW got to within 2 points of QLD without a halves pairing! 11 vs 12 and only lost by 2 points, a great effort from the boys!

      • 11:29pm
        Alan said | 11:29pm | ! Report

        I am a Qlder, and I love the Blues putting it to us as they have during the last three series. It is just tHe X factor that is the difference. There is no explanation, they are are a good side and have taken it to the wire every time. No shame it that.

        • 11:38pm
          eagleJack said | 11:38pm | ! Report

          Spot on Alan. Too much class in key positions for the Maroons. Your spine is all-time and the class shines through at the critical moments.

          As painful as it is to watch it is also a pleasure to watch as a fan of rugby league

          • 11:56pm
            Varun said | 11:56pm | ! Report

            Well said, EJ. Fair comment mate.

          • 1:54am
            V.O.R. said | 1:54am | ! Report

            Best ever EJ?

    • Roar Guru

      Cameron Kellett said | 10:43pm | ! Report

      If NSW 8 a blue waffle, it would probably taste better than defeat! 😉 haha

      • 10:50pm
        Scott Minto said | 10:50pm | ! Report

        Better than the smug mustard snack that QLD fans are clearly enjoying!

        • Roar Guru

          Cameron Kellett said | 11:02pm | ! Report

          You lost me at Scott Minto… Unless you’re the real deal?

        • 11:33pm
          Jay C said | 11:33pm | ! Report

          You know what the best thing for spreading mustard is…. Silverware.

    • 10:39pm
      Varun said | 10:39pm | ! Report

      Where are all the NSW supporters on the Roar? Very quiet. I guess they have nothing to whinge about with the reffing.

    • 10:29pm
      Matt said | 10:29pm | ! Report

      Haha, a million penalties to 3, all the field position, a denied try because of a streaker than affected nothing – and they still lost!!!

    • 10:27pm
      Roarsome said | 10:27pm | ! Report

      OMFG!!! Tate MOM was $101…. $1 well spent.

    • 10:12pm
      Ur kidding said | 10:12pm | ! Report

      Looks like clive pulled out the cheque book again.he he

    • 10:10pm
      Reacher99 said | 10:10pm | ! Report

      Unhappy at the lack of media attention during the 80 minutes K Rudd runs onto the field

    • 10:09pm
      p.Tah said | 10:09pm | ! Report

      We better win a series soon or Queenslanders will soon be able to count above 10

      • Roar Guru

        Jiggles said | 10:12pm | ! Report

        I’ve got toes…

        • 10:21pm
          p.Tah said | 10:21pm | ! Report

          That’s right you’ve got 11 of them. 21 series. NSW may find a decent halves combination by then….

          • 1:56am
            V.O.R. said | 1:56am | ! Report

            Ha ha… Funny stuff…

      • 10:13pm
        Rebel said | 10:13pm | ! Report

        No, they will just start again at 1. Good problem for them to have though and will get there if Pearce is still playing.

      • 10:30pm
        JKirk said | 10:30pm | ! Report

        Looks like they can count to 12. 1 more than needed.

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