Just as COVID has affected the rest of the competition, and indeed the world, in 2020, it is set to affect the Origin series too.
Tonight’s meeting between the Queensland Maroons and New South Wales Blues wraps up the 2018 series. Kick-off bingo has become a favourite game in the lead-up to kick-off and you can tell us when the game will start below.
UPDATE: The match started at 8:12pm.
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The game is advertised to kick-off at 8pm (AEST), but as we know all too well, the chances of that actually happen are as slim as Parramatta’s finals hopes this season.
The Queensland faithful will farewell several influential captains of it’s past, in an event that is sure to drag on the wait until the official kick-off time.
Queensland sensation Amy Shark also performs in the lead-up to Game 3, with her hit singles ‘I Said Hi’ and ‘Weekends’ set to feature.
Both teams are set to enter the stadium at 7:55pm (AEST), before the national anthem is performed. Kick-off will follow shortly after that. That’s if things went to the advertised schedule. So, not going to happen.
So far this year, both games have failed to begin at the advertised time.
Game 1 kicked off 14 minutes late while the second instalment of this year’s series was 12 minutes behind schedule. We could even say they are slowly improving, but then, Game 2 is hard to get a read on given it was on a Sunday rather than the usual Wednesday.
Will they finally get it right this time? Most likely not. Let us know on the form below what time you think kick-off will be and we will have the answer at 7:50pm. That’s the advertised time anyway!
You can also check back to see how close you were by following The Roar’s live blog of the match.