The third and final State of Origin rugby league match between the NSW Blues and Queenland Maroons will be played tonight at Gold Coast’s Cbus Super Stadium.
The NSW side has already won the series after two dominant performances and Queensland will be desperate to prevent a ‘bluewash.’ Due to COVID restrictions in New South Wales, all three games have ended up being in Queensland after the third game was moved from Sydney to Newcastle and then finally to the Gold Coast.
It used to be a long-running joke about what time State of Origin actually starts with the match traditionally being delayed by up to 20 minutes. But this series has surprisingly run close to schedule with the first two games kicking off within four minutes of the scheduled start time.
We can safely assume then that the third will be no different after the Welcome to Country and the national anthem with the scheduled kick-off at 8:10pm AEST.
Date: Wednesday, July 14
Kick-off: 8:10pm (AEST)
Venue: Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
TV: Live, Channel Nine
Online: Live, 9Now
Betting: Blues $1.26, Maroons $3.80
Referee: Gerard Sutton
Overall record: Queensland 64, New South Wales 56, drawn 2
New South Wales Blues
1. James Tedesco, 2. Brian To’o, 3. Latrell Mitchell, 4. Tom Trbojevic, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Jack Wighton, 7. Mitchell Moses, 18. Dale Finucane, 9. Damien Cook, 10. Junior Paulo, 11. Cameron Murray, 12. Tariq Sims, 13. Isaah Yeo,
Interchange: 14. Api Koroisau, 15. Angus Crichton, 16. Payne Haas, 17. Liam Martin
Reserves: 19. Nicho Hynes, 20. Clint Gutherson, 21. Stefano Utoikamanu
The Blues were forced to go with Mitchell Moses at halfback after Nathan Cleary was ruled out with a shoulder injury.
Penrith hooker Api Koroisau has also been named on the bench to make his debut.
1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Valentine Holmes, 3. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, 4. Dane Gagai, 5. Xavier Coates, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans, 8. Christian Welch, 9. Ben Hunt, 10. Josh Papalii, 11. Kurt Capewell, 12. Felise Kaufusi, 15. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
Interchange: 14. AJ Brimson, 16. Moeaki Fotuaika, 18. Francis Molo, 20. Thomas Flegler
Reserves: 19. Kurt Mann, 21. Coen Hess
The Maroons series went from bad to worse when Jai Arrow was sensationally banned for two matches after breaching the biosecurity bubble.
All eyes will be on teenager Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow to see what he can do in the dead rubber.
The only way to watch the third State of Origin match live is through the Nine Network which has exclusive rights to the live broadcast.
If you’re looking to live stream, it’s the same scenario. 9Now is the only way you’ll be able to stream Origin 3. Kayo will only have a replay of the match once it is completed.
Don’t forget, The Roar will have live scores, a blog, video highlights, fan opinion and expert analysis of all the action.