NSW Win State of Origin Series as QLD look to Game 3 – Preview & Odds
State of Origin 2018 – Game 3 Odds – July 11 2018
After four long years, the New South Wales Blues (NSW) broke the drought since their last State of Origin series win. NSW managed to overcome the second half sin-binning of centre James Roberts to taste 18-14 series winning success in front of 82,223 loyal fans on Sunday night at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.
It provided the Queensland Maroons (QLD) with the first taste of life without the Maroons’ Big Three since 2003 — retired greats Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston. Still, given QLD’s legendary fighting spirit, it would prove to take something extraordinary to break the Maroons’ hold on the Origin trophy after winning it an incredible 11 times in the past 12 years. A rare penalty try to NSW skipper Boyd Cordner provided the extraordinary, and still QLD kept coming.
If not for an incredible try saving tackle on QLD debutant Kalyn Ponga by NSW fullback, James Tedesco, we may well be heading to Brisbane for a decider. As it stands, QLD will look to usher in a new generation by selecting some promising young players to defend their proud Lang Park home turf in Brisbane.
QLD look to Game 3 for revenge and redemption
Far from being a dead rubber, Game 3 finds QLD defending their own home ground, Lang Park. Lang Park is the spiritual heartland of QLD Rugby League and it might be argued, of the State of Origin concept itself.
QLD coach, Kevin Walters is keen to avoid a series whitewash at Lang Park and there is somewhat of tradition in QLD sides blooding new talent for these supposed ‘dead’ games.
For example, in 2003, QLD blooded a young hooker named Cameron Smith in a ‘dead’ match. Of course, the rest is history as QLD won 36-6 that night as the genesis of the decade of domination began.