State of Origin Teams 2012 – Game 3

June 27th, 2012

We are just a week away from the do-or-die 2012 Harvey Norman State of Origin Series decider at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday July 4, and the State of Origin teams for both sides have now been announced.

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The New South Wales Blues managed to beat home the six-time defending series champs down in Sydney for Game 2 and have named a nearly identical squad for the big clash Wednesday week.

The only official change to the Blues State of Origin team was the sacking of Akuila Uate whose lapses in defense during the opening two games has seen him dropped from the squad.

To fill his spot on the wing will be St George Illawarra flyer Brett Morris who joins his twin brother Josh Morris in the Blues jersey.

Blues coach Ricky Stuart named a 19-man line-up keeping his official back-row shrouded in mystery until the 11th hour.

Manly’s Glenn Stewart has been called up in the second row but his fitness is still pending after he suffered a partial medial ligament tear a week back.

Also on the tentative six-man bench is fellow Sea Eagle Tony Williams who missed game two with injury but who looked in flying form during Manly’s 52 – 14 win over the Sydney Roosters last Sunday.

The mighty Queensland Maroons meanwhile have named a 20-player line-up with coach Mal Meninga covering all bases as he sweats on the fitness of a number of his stars.

Named in the Maroons State of Origin Game 3 team despite injuries are the likes of ace Storm fullback Billy Slater (knee), Broncos skipper Sam Thaiday (shoulder) who ruled himself out of Game 2, and fellow Brisbane player Justin Hodges (ribs).

Thaiday tested out his shoulder with the Broncos big 26 – 12 victory over South Sydney last Friday night and he looks good to go.

With Thaiday back in Rabbitohs forward Dave Taylor has been downgraded to the bench, but he might not even make the final interchange line-up with others on the wood including North Queensland fullback Matt Bowen, Dane Nielsen and Ben Te’o.

Also injured but ruled out of playing is the Gold Coast’s Ashley Harrison (broken toe) who will be replaced by Corey Parker, the Broncos veteran a good chance of running out in the Maroons starting line-up for the first time in his representative career.

The Maroons are out for their seventh straight series victory which would be a fairytale sendoff for the retiring Petero Civoniceva.

The bookies think them a top chance of doing just that too, Queensland favourites in the State of Origin odds at at a quote of $1.60.

New South Wales meanwhile are the $2.35 underdogs in the State of Origin betting markets to put an end to the Maroon’s reign in what would likely cause a 50,000 strong riot at the old Lang Park.

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State of Origin Game 3 2012 – New South Wales Team

Player Position Debut Wins
Brett Stewart FB 2007 2
Jarryd Hayne W1 2007 4
Michael Jennings CTR1 2009 1
Josh Morris CTR2 2009 1
Brett Morris W1 2010 0
Todd Carney 5/8 2012 0
Mitchell Pearce HB 2008 1
Tim Grant FRF 0
Robbie Farah HOK 2009 0
James Tamou FRF 2012 0
Glenn Stewart 2RF 2009 1
Greg Bird 2RF 2007 3
Paul Gallen LCK 2006 3
Trent Merrin INT 2011 1
Luke Lewis INT 2004 3
Ben Creagh INT 2009 2
Anthony Watmough INT 2005 2
Tony Williams INT 2012 0
Beau Scott INT 2010 1

State of Origin Game 3 2012 – Queensland Team

Player Position Debut Wins
Billy Slater FB 2004 12
Darius Boyd W1 2008 10
Greg Inglis CTR1 2006 11
Justin Hodges CTR2 2002 7
Brent Tate W2 2002 8
Johnathan Thurston 5/8 2005 15
Cooper Cronk HB 2010 6
Matthew Scott FRF 2006 6
Cameron Smith HOK 2003 16
Petero Civoniceva FRF 2001 18
Nate Myles 2RF 2006 14
Sam Thaiday 2RF 2006 12
Corey Parker LCK 2004 3
Matt Gillett INT 2012 1
David Taylor INT 2010 4
Ben Hannant INT 2008 8
David Shillington INT 2009 4
Matthew Bowen INT 2003 3
Ben Te’o INT 0
Dane Nielsen INT 2011 3