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AS IT HAPPENED: Bradman's blinder on debut secures Blues consolation Game 3 win

12th July, 2023
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New South Wales

24

Match Complete

Queensland

10

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New South Wales

24

Match Complete

Queensland

10

S. Crichton66
B. Best64
S. Crichton39
35H. Tabuai-Fidow
S. Crichton24
B. Best23
J. Addo-Carr20
S. Crichton18
B. To'o14
12V. Holmes
11D. Fifita

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The State of Origin series concludes tonight when NSW take on Queensland at Accor Stadium in Sydney. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 8:05pm (AEST).

This year’s State of Origin is already in Queensland’s hands, but there is still plenty to play for tonight. In front of a home crowd, NSW don’t want to go down in a clean sweep.

After butchering their chance to win in Adelaide, the Blues were comprehensively outplayed 32-6 by the Maroons in Game II. NSW’s’ attack stuttered again in Brisbane and they looked like a team out of ideas.

Some of the team selections to date have been truly bizarre, some forced by injury and others due to form. Starting Cameron Murray and Liam Martin on the bench has also come under scrutiny, and thankfully that has been rectified tonight.

In team changes, Bradman Best has been named for his Origin debut at left centre. Cody Walker, Jake Trbojevic, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Jacob Saifiti and Clint Gutherson all get recalls to the NSW line up.

Before this series began, Queensland were seen as outsiders. Two games in, there are thoughts that another dynasty has commenced. Much was made of the selection at Reece Walsh at fullback. He has hardly made a mistake.

The Maroons pack has been more mobile and this has caused NSW plenty of defensive problems on their edges. Daly Cherry-Evans has been excellent in the halves and his kicking game has been first class.

Just two forced changes for the Maroons, with AJ Brimson in for the suspended Reece Walsh and Corey Horsburgh in for Thomas Flegler.

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Prediction

I like the NSW pack in this one. Jake Trbojevic will tighten up the middle and Liam Martin and Cameron Murray should be able to quicken up the ruck speed.

On Queensland’s side, however, is continuity, with only a couple of changes and two wins on the board.

At home, the Blues will be desperate to avoid another loss and I think they will just squeak home.

NSW by 2 points

Game information

Venue: Accor Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 8:05pm (AEST)
TV: Nine
Streaming: 9Now
Odds: NSW $2.20, Queensland $1.67 – odds via PlayUp

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NSW

1. James Tedesco (c) 2. Brian To’o 3.Stephen Crichton 4. Bradman Best 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cody Walker 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Jake Trbojevic 9. Damien Cook 10.Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11. Liam Martin 12. Keaon Koloamatangi 13.Cameron Murray

Interchange: 14.Isaah Yeo 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Reece Robson 17. Clint Gutherson

Reserves: 18. Scott Drinkwater 19. Spencer Leniu

Queensland

1. AJ Brimson 2. Xavier Coates 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Cameron Munster 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (c) 8. Reuben Cotter 9. Harry Grant 10. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 11. David Fifita 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Patrick Carrigan

Interchange: 14. Ben Hunt 15. Lindsay Collins 16. Moeaki Fotuaika 17. Corey Horsburgh

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Reserves: 18. Tom Dearden 19. J’maine Hopgood

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