State of Origin 2011 Teams – QLD Game 3

June 28th, 2011

Mighty Maroon’s coach Mal Meninga on Tuesday announced his State of Origin 2011 Queensland Team for the game three decider next week, a recovered Justin Hodges named on the squad that will be vying to score a sixth straight series win to farewell retiring captain Darren Lockyer.

Queensland are the clear $1.60 State of Origin betting favourites for the third and final State v State showdown through Luxbet, the Canetoads with the home ground advantage with the do-or-die decider to play out in front of a capacity crowd at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on July 6.

Despite having claimed an upset 18 – 8 win in Origin Game 2 down in Sydney, the New South Wales Blues are the $2.35 underdogs at Luxbet to stop the Queenslanders from holding bagging rights for another year.

There are three changes to the 2011 State Of Origin Queensland squad for game three, including the return of Broncos centre Justin Hodges.

Hodges has been out of the Origin arena for two years due to ongoing injury issues, but is ready to don the No. 3 Maroon jersey next Wednesday.

Also, the Warrior’s Jacob Lillyman, omitted from the Queensland Game II side, will make a return for the third Mate v Mate clash filling in for the suspended Rabbitohs Dave Taylor on the bench.

Taylor faces a five-game ban for a dangerous throw charge that he pleaded guilty to but that his club plans to contest the grading of at the NRL Judiciary on Wednesday night, hoping to get the suspension downgraded to one game.

Melbourne centre Dane Nielsen has for now retained a spot in the Maroons squad despite talks he would be dropped to make way for Hodges, although he moves from the starting line-up to the extended five-man bench and will likely be made the 18th man.

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2011 XXXX Queensland Maroons Game 3 Team

1. Billy Slater (Melbourne Storm)

2. Darius Boyd (St George Illawarra Dragons)

3. Justin Hodges (Brisbane Broncos)

4. Greg Inglis (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

5. Jharal Yow Yeh (Brisbane Broncos)

6. Darren Lockyer (c) (Brisbane Broncos)

7. Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland Cowboys)

8. Matthew Scott (North Queensland Cowboys)

9. Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm)

10. Petero Civoniceva (Penrith Panthers)

11. Nate Myles (Sydney Roosters)

12. Sam Thaiday (Brisbane Broncos)

13. Ashley Harrison (Gold Coast Titans)

Interchange (one to be omitted)

Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm)

Ben Hannant (Brisbane Broncos)

Jacob Lillyman (New Zealand Warriors)

Dane Nielsen (Melbourne Storm)

Corey Parker (Brisbane Broncos)