State of Origin highlights: QLD vs NSW – Game 3 scores, result, blog

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    Queensland vs New South Wales

    State Of Origin, 11 July, 2018

    Suncorp Stadium
    Fulltime - Queensland 18, New South Wales 12
    Queensland   New South Wales
    18 FINAL SCORE 12
    3 TRIES 2
    Referee: Gerard Sutton
    Touch judges: Brett Suttor & Chris Butler
    Video Referee: Ben Galea

    Match results:

    There are no such thing as dead rubbers in State of Origin. The Queensland Maroons have pulled off a stunning six-point victory over the New South Wales Blues to take Game 3 of the 2018 series at Suncorp Stadium.

    The Maroons dominated the first half, but went into the sheds behind. They couldn’t crack a gallant Blues defensive line, with their only points at the break a Valentine Holmes intercept try and a penalty goal.

    The Blues were down 8-0 at one point, but went to the sheds in the lead after a Tom Trbojevic intercept try and James Tedesco crash over on the halftime siren.

    They then lead 12-8 at halftime, but it would be the last of the scoring for New South Wales.

    Queensland finally managed to crack the Blues from close-range through Holmes after surviving a short onslaught at the start of the second half, making the game tied up again.

    Daly Cherry-Evans then scored off a break, with the Maroons picking apart a tired-looking Blues defence.

    Somehow, the Blues managed to not concede points again, but despite throwing the kitchen sink at their opponents int he last five minutes, couldn’t cross either, losing Game 3 despite taking the series.

    Final score
    Queensland Maroons 18
    New South Wales Blues 12

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    Match preview

    A State of Origin sweep is on the line for the New South Wales Blues when they travel north for Game 3 against the Queensland Maroons. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 8pm (AEST).

    Despite winning the first two games of the series, the Blues will want to lift the Origin Shield after a win rather than coming off a loss.

    Doing just that is going to be a lot easier said than done though, with the Maroons historically hard to beat at Lang Park and this being Billy Slater’s final Origin game.

    The champion fullback is the final member left of the big four and his state will want to send him out a winner.

    Still, they have lost all the key moments during the first two games, even with Slater back on the park in Sydney. He made a huge difference, but it was not enough.

    The Maroons are going to be without Greg Inglis for the match though, with Corey Oates brought onto the wing and Dane Gagai shifted to the centres. Ben Hunt has also been dropped to the bench after a horrendous performance during Game 2. Kalyn Ponga is out of the side, with the much-maligned Daly Cherry-Evans back in.

    DCE has a huge job to do, but given his club form at the struggling Sea Eagles, it is a bit of a left-field selection.

    The Blues come in reasonably settled, although Matt Prior has been left out for Tariq Sims, who comes onto the bench while Paul Vaughan moves into the starting side.

    New South Wales have done the little things right throughout the first two games of the series. They have completed at close to 90 per cent in both contests and in doing so, had more time playing the game at the right end of the park.

    James Tedesco has been their key man, sparking the team in attack, while James Maloney has controlled the back-end of games fantastically to keep the Blues on the front foot. With their forwards having a small edge, it’s been enough to win Game 1 in Melbourne by ten points and Game 2 in Sydney by four.

    New South Wales have been the team to beat during the first two games of the series, and if they play at their best, they should be hard to stop again in the rubber.

    New South Wales by 10.

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    • 10:27pm
      3 recalcitrant monkeys said | 10:27pm | ! Report

      Great series but why Cordner didn’t get the lewis medal for all 3 games is perplexing Billy was good but no game 1 so it’s hard to fathom.

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

        Cordner did sfa tonight. Should have been Tedesco.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 10:26pm | ! Report

      Well, with the presentation and series over, that’s going to be where I bring the coverage here on The Roar to a close with New South Wales the series winners, but Queensland sending Billy Slater out a winner in Game 3 at home.

      I hope you have enjoyed the coverage not only tonight, but across the rest of the series.

      The Roar will be live again this weekend and every weekend to the end of the season, bringing you our coverage of every single NRL game on the run to the finals. Tomorrow, be sure to keep it locked to The Roar for all the best post-match analysis, opinion and video.

      Right now, I’m flicking over to the Tour de France, so, if you’re pumped up on adrenaline like me and won’t be sleeping anyway, why not come over for a chat and some fantastic cycling?

      Bye for now!

    • 10:24pm
      DP Schaefer said | 10:24pm | ! Report

      I really can’t understand the Ben Hunt hate program going on. He was far and away not the worst QLD player tonight, nor for the series. He brought more to the game than McCullough especially more variety out of dummy half. I don’t think he’s QLD answer for half long term – that’s Morgan and then maybe Taylor – but he fills the hooker/dummy half role better than others.

      • Roar Rookie

        Matthew Pearce said | 10:26pm | ! Report

        He brings dud kicks and defensive misreads, you mean?

        McCullough is an 80 minute defensive player who has a bit of zip when there’s space. Hunt is a ball-running half who wants to be organisational. Not a valid comparison.

        He didn’t even have the halfback pressure and still couldn’t come up with the right plays. We’ve got better options all around the board.

        • 11:48pm
          Scuba said | 11:48pm | ! Report

          Hunt comprehensively outplayed McCullough tonight

          • Roar Guru

            Emcie said | 10:23am | ! Report

            By how NSW weren’t in the game until McCullough left the field?

          • 10:46am
            Gray-Hand said | 10:46am | ! Report

            Only if you look at attack. Half the game is defence.

      • Roar Guru

        Matt H said | 10:27pm | ! Report

        I thought he went ok tonight

      • Roar Guru

        Emcie said | 11:45pm | ! Report

        I gotta say, watching the game from the stands, for the first 30 every one of nsw plays was getting shut down before it happened. Once hunt came on nsw had a lot, and I mean a lot, more space and time to work with through the middle

        • Roar Guru

          Matt H said | 11:14am | ! Report

          Fair call. they lost their defensive shape up the middle when the starting props and hooker went off.

          • Roar Guru

            Emcie said | 11:42am | ! Report

            Look, individually he was better, but his inclusion just seems to consistantly disrupt QLD’s structures as he seems to be under instructions to play what’s in front of him rather then stick to a working gameplan

      • 9:16am
        Roger said | 9:16am | ! Report

        You watched a different game to me – McCulloch should have played the full 80

    • Roar Guru

      The Barry said | 10:23pm | ! Report

      I never knew Wally Lewis actually decided who wins the Wally Lewis medal…🤣

      • Roar Guru

        Matt H said | 10:28pm | ! Report

        One of the more bizarre things I’ve seen, that decision.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 10:22pm | ! Report

      Be sure to check out Connor Bennett’s talking points from the game!

    • 10:21pm
      Alex said | 10:21pm | ! Report

      You’re kidding me right..? Man of the SERIES!?

      Tedesco, Trebojevic, Cook, Cordner all deserved it more than Slater…

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 10:21pm | ! Report

      That is the end of the presentation. New South Wales have won the State of Origin series for the first time since 2014!

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 10:20pm | ! Report

      Cordner lifts the shield.

      “Firstly, I’d like to thank Kevvie, Greg, Billy, on a great series. You really pushed us throughout the first couple of games. Typical Origin games. And too classy tonight.”

      “Special mention to Cam Smith, Darius Boyd and obvious Billy Slater on retiring from rep football. Massive privilege to play against you.”

      “To our guys – it’s been an outstanding journey. The moment we got together with Freddy, I know we had something special there.”

      • Roar Guru

        Matt H said | 10:26pm | ! Report

        Much better speech than Gallen’s ever gave

      • 10:33pm
        Fraser said | 10:33pm | ! Report

        Wow. Classy speech. Nice one Cordner.

    • 10:18pm
      Concerned Observer said | 10:18pm | ! Report

      I was wrong about DCE, I need to say that. Played hard, ran hard and supported his team. He absolutely deserves to be there next year.

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