2014 State Of Origin Game 3 Queensland Team – Cronk Back

July 1st, 2014

The Queensland Maroons may have lost the 2014 State Of Origin series but they won’t be letting the Blues get away with their first 3 – 0 whitewash since 2000 having named a top team for Game 3 including the returning Cooper Cronk.

Melbourne star Cronk came off the field in Game 1 just 10 minutes in with a broken arm but will make his return for the home team when the series comes to a close at Suncorp Stadium Wednesday week, July 9.

Win or lose the New South Wales Blues will be handed the shield in front of a hostile Queensland crowd who will be made even more vocal if their boys can win back a bit of pride by winning the last of the tournament.

The last time the Blues won the Origin series was back in 2005.

They wrapped it up in Game 2 down in Sydney, like they did this year, but got rolled by a big margin in the third back in the sunshine state.

To help them repeat that feat from nine years ago will be veterans Cronk and Corey Parker who also returns after missing Game 2 due to injury.

With Cronk back in the No. 7 Maroons’ jersey out to organize the crew, Manly’s Daly Cherry-Evans has been pushed back on the bench.

He was below par in Sydney after pushing through injury pains to play, but if he doesn’t show something here off the bench he’ll be likely to lose the jersey to Cronk again next year.

Joining Cherry-Evans on an overhauled Queensland bench is then Brisbane’s Matt Gillet who has shrugged off his shoulder problems, South Sydney’s Ben Te’o who is without a team in the NRL for next season and tough Titan’s player Dave Taylor.

Fellow Bronco Parker meanwhile has had four weeks off with a facial fracture but will replace Chris McQueen here who is out with an ankle injury.

Another change will be out wide on the wing with Melbourne’s centre Will Chambers making his Origin debut.

He replaces another injured warhorse, Cowboy stalwart Brent Tate whose career finally looks to be over after he suffered yet another neck problem in Game 2.

Queensland’s 18th man then is another Brisbane player, Josh McGuire, and North Queensland’s Michael Morgan has been named as the 19th man but won’t join the camp until after the Cowboys play the Dragons this Saturday night.

State Of Origin betting on Game 3 is open now at Ladbrokes.com.au with Queensland the clear $1.57 favourites to win despite having gone down in the opening two to lose the series and end their eight year dominance.

Whether you’re backing the favourites or going with the series winners who pay $2.45 for the conclusion, make sure you place your State Of Origin bets online at Ladbrokes.com.au for the best price and range of markets!

2014 State Of Origin Game 3 – Queensland Maroons Team

1. Billy Slater – (Melbourne Storm)

2. Darius Boyd – (Newcastle Knights)

3. Greg Inglis – (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

4. Justin Hodges – (Brisbane Broncos)

5. Will Chambers – (Melbourne Storm)

6. Johnathan Thurston – (North Queensland Cowboys)

7. Cooper Cronk – (Melbourne Storm)

8. Jacob Lillyman – (NZ Warriors)

9. Cameron Smith (c) – (Melbourne Storm)

10. Nate Myles– (Gold Coast Titans)

11. Aidan Guerra – (Sydney Roosters)

12. Sam Thaiday – (Brisbane Broncos)

13. Corey Parker – (Brisbane Broncos)

14. Daly Cherry-Evans – (Manly Sea Eagles)

15. Ben Te’o – (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

16. Matt Gillett – (Brisbane Broncos)

17. Dave Taylor – (Gold Coast Titans)

18. Josh McGuire – (Brisbane Broncos)

19. Michael Morgan* – (North Queensland Cowboys)

Coach: Mal Meninga