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New South Wales
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The Queensland Maroons have won the 2020 State of Origin series thanks to a 20-14 win in Game 3 at Suncorp Stadium.
The Blues threatened to stage a late comeback after going down 20-6, but ultimately fell just short of winning their third straight series in a row after an excellent showing from Queensland in front of their home ground.
Queensland Maroons 20
NSW Blues 14
It all comes down to this, when the Queensland Maroons take on the New South Wales Blues in the State of Origin finale at Suncorp Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 8:10pm (AEDT).
We’ve got the decider we have all hoped for. Queensland drew first blood in Adelaide before NSW put in a much-improved performance in front of their home fans. We now move to a full house at Suncorp Stadium, where the Maroons will prove very difficult to topple.
Queensland have had their injury woes this series, especially the loss of Cameron Munster to a concussion just three minutes into the second game.
The Blues scored a couple of soft tries on the right edge and that’s where Munster would have been defending. It’s questionable whether the Maroons would have leaked those tries if their five-eighth had played the whole game, and he no doubt would have added to the attack.
The NSW forwards dominated in the second game, so there will be plenty of pressure on the Queensland bench to perform when Josh Papalii and Christian Welch come off.
Wayne Bennett has made a few changes, with Corey Allan coming in on debut at fullback, Valentine Holmes moving to one wing, and Edrick Lee debuting on the other with Phillip Sami dropped and Xavier Coates injured. Dane Gagai switches sides in the centres, where he’s partnered by Brenko Lee, as Kurt Capewell has moved to the second row. Dunamis Lui, Ben Hunt and Moeaki Fotuaika have all missed out, while Harry Grant will make his debut in the number 14 jersey.
There is no doubt that NSW have the better team on paper and they lived up to that billing last Wednesday night.
Much was made of the performances of Nathan Cleary and Cody Walker, but they did that on the back of a dominating forward pack. Payne Haas proved almost unstoppable while Junior Paulo was huge off the bench.
The other spine players, James Tedesco and Damien Cook, also impacted the game.
Brad Fittler resisted the temptation to bring Ryan Papenhuyzen into the team and has stuck with the same 17 that won in Sydney. Josh Addo-Carr has recovered from his bruised toe to line up out wide.
NSW have the better squad and all the momentum, but we have seen plenty of deciders before and they’ve rarely ended well for the Blues.
The Maroons will be keen to avenge last Wednesday’s defeat and will do so in front of a packed Suncorp Stadium. Queensland will lift and will take the decider.
Queensland by eight points.
Kick-off: 8:10pm (AEDT)
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Live stream: 9Now
Odds: Queensland $2.90, NSW $1.42
5. Corey Allan, 1. Val Holmes, 4. Dane Gagai, 21. Brenko Lee, 19. Edrick Lee, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (c), 8. Christian Welch, 9. Jake Friend, 10. Josh Papalii, 3. Kurt Capewell, 11. Felise Kaufusi, 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
Interchange: 12. Jaydn Su’a, 14. Harry Grant, 15. Lindsay Collins, 16. Jai Arrow
New South Wales
1. James Tedesco (c), 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Clint Gutherson, 4. Jack Wighton, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Cody Walker, 7. Nathan Cleary, 8. Daniel Saifiti, 9. Damien Cook, 10. Payne Haas, 11. Angus Crichton, 12. Tyson Frizell, 13. Jake Trbojevic
Interchange: 14. Dale Finucane, 15. Junior Paulo, 16. Nathan Brown, 17. Isaah Yeo