Queensland State of Origin Team 2013 – Game 3

July 9th, 2013

The Queensland Maroons are backing themselves for a repeat performance of their 26 – 6 victory over the New South Wales Blues in game two naming an identical State Of Origin team for the do-or-die decider on Wednesday week.

After getting a reality check in game one when going down to a firing Blues outfit down in Sydney, the Mal Meniga-coached Queenslanders got their revenge returning to the sunshine state with an easy victory to set up a must win game three back at ANZ Stadium on July 17.

While things looked hopeful early this Holden State of Origin series for the New South Welshmen to post their first overall win since 2005, their hopes of breaking the drought now look very much in doubt.

The cockroaches may be sweating on injuries and other off-field dramas but for the cane toads it looks smooth sailing with an unchanged line-up ready for the challenge of an eighth straight series win.

“It’s good for team continuity to be able to keep the same combinations,” Meninga said after announcing the squad.

“We’ll go to (Origin Camp at) Coolum and everyone will know their job. It is an advantage.”

Queensland are at full strength, confidence and fitness with the likes of Cowboys’ skipper Johnathan Thurston overcoming niggling injuries that saw them start the series on a low.

The Maroons State Of Origin Game III Team is one boasting depth and experience, JT the only player to star in every one of the games over the past seven years.

He’s joined by NRL club mates Matt Scott and Brent Tate – Tate announcing 2013 would be his final Origin series.

The state’s oldest NRL club, the Brisbane Broncos, meanwhile may be struggling in the Telstra Premiership sitting 13th on the ladder but at rep level their players are firing on all cylinders with Justin Hodges, Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker and Matt Gillett (bench) in the mix for the Maroons.

Wednesday week will also be the final State Of Origin game played by Hodges who also announced his retirement from rep footy at the end of the season.

In the extended squad Warriors prop forward Jacob Lillyman has again been named as the 18th man while 19th spot is Melbourne Storm’s Will Chambers there to cover any late injuries leading up to the sold out showdown.

State Of Origin game three betting is now open at bookmaker.com.au and unsurprisingly Queensland are the hot favourites at $1.63, the Blues playing catch-up at $2.30.

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2013 QLD State Of Origin Team (Game 3)

ANZ Stadium, 17/07/2013, 8pm (AEST)

 

1. Billy Slater – Melbourne Storm

2. Darius Boyd – Newcastle Knights

3. Greg Inglis – South Sydney Rabbitohs

4. Justin Hodges – Brisbane Broncos

5. Brent Tate – North Queensland Cowboys

6. Johnathan Thurston – North Queensland Cowboys

7. Cooper Cronk – Melbourne Storm

8. Matt Scott – North Queensland Cowboys

9. Cameron Smith (c) – Melbourne Storm

10. Nate Myles -Gold Coast Titans

11. Chris McQueen – South Sydney Rabbitohs

12. Sam Thaiday – Brisbane Broncos

13. Corey Parker – Brisbane Broncos

Interchange

14. Daly Cherry-Evans – Manly Sea Eagles

15. Ben Te’o – South Sydney Rabbitohs

16. Matt Gillett – Brisbane Broncos

17. Josh Papalii – Canberra Raiders

18. Jacob Lillyman – New Zealand Warriors

19. Will Chambers – Melbourne Storm