Tue, Jul 12, 10:50am by Staff Writer
Sydney will play host to Game 3 of this year’s State of Origin with the Shield already safely back in Queensland hands. With pride on the line, New South Wales will have to pick themselves up from the disappointments in the opening matches if they are to avoid the whitewash. 2010 was the last time that the Maroons won all three matches and will be looking to put the Blues to the sword.
A number of changes to the New South Wales side has seen Sportsbet install them as favourites for this match priced at $1.90. With the home crowd roaring them on the Blues will need a massively improved performance in Game 3 if they are to put smiles on their fans face. Queensland will believe that they have the strength to overcome the odds of $1.98 with William Hill to seal a 3-0 Series victory and stamp their continued authority over their opponents.
William Hill are expecting a close fight between the two sides with the Margin odds reflecting this. A New South Wales win by 1-12 points is priced at $2.80 with a Queensland victory by the same at $2.90. A big win for either side sees the prices increase dramatically to $5.00 for a Blues win by 13+ points and $5.50 for the Maroons to fire past the home side.
The NRL form of Blues fullback James Tedesco has seen him placed alongside his team mates Blake Ferguson and Josh Mansour as favourites with William Hill on a first Try Scorer & Match Winner Double. The three New South Wales players are all priced at $15.00 to be first Try Scorer and their side to go on to victory. Corey Oates and Dane Gagai are both priced at $16.00 for the reverse, for them to score first and for Queensland to win the match. Gagai was the hero of Game 2, he could well replicate his form in this match to lead his side home.
The Man of the Match award for Game 3 will be a hotly contested prize with a number of New South Wales players leading the way on William Hill. Paul Gallen, in his final Origin is priced as favourite at $8.00 alongside his fellow Blues James Tedesco and James Maloney. While Johnathan Thurston is the only Queenslander given the same price. The domination of these odds by New South Wales players will rely on a team performance that drags the side out of their poor recent form.
Queensland may hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Origin Series but New South Wales will not want this match be seen as a dead rubber. The Blues must take Game 3 as a stepping stone towards the future and need a victory. The battle lines are drawn and both sides will not take a backward step as Origin 2016 comes to a close in Sydney.
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