2014 State Of Origin Betting Preview – Game 3

July 8th, 2014

Wednesday night the Queensland Maroons will be fighting for pride in the State Of Origin 2014 Game 3 after losing the series to their interstate rivals down in Sydney three weeks ago.

The Mal Meninga-coached Queensland State Of Origin team made it eight straight series victories last year but have failed to win a match to the New South Wales Blues this year.

They may have lost the series but this week they get a chance to give their fans something to cheer about and sour the post-match Origin shield ceremony for their defeaters.

State Of Origin Game 3 Odds

  • Queensland $1.57
  • New South Wales $2.45

Back in 2005 when the Blues last won an Origin series the Maroons were able to do exactly that when handing out a 36 – 6 hiding.

If they get off to a good start Wednesday night they then look a really good chance of a taking out the third and final game of the series.

The Blues won’t have the same drive behind them as they have in the opening two games that determined the State Of Origin series result, but they certainly won’t be going down without a fight.

The State Of Origin statistics go both ways, but over the past 30 years of the 11 Game 3 matches played after the series had already been decided, the series winners have only been successful on four occasions.

There’s also been a number of changes to the New South Wales Origin team since Game 2 with Will Hopoate and Michael Jennings out with injury, and Anthony Watmough serving a suspension.

The trio is replaced by James McManus, Josh Morris and Boyd Cordner in the dead rubber.

For Queensland Meninga also was forced to make a couple of changes to his line-up because of injury with Matt Scott and Brent Tate replaced by Will Chambers in his Origin debut and Jacob Lillyman getting called-up in the starting 13 for the first time.

One of the biggest boosts for the home team though is the return of Cooper Cronk who looked like missing the entire series six weeks ago when breaking his arm inside the opening ten minutes of Game 1.

His replacement in the No. 1 Daly Cherry-Evans then starts off the bench here and is joined by Dave Taylor after Chris McQueen’s ankle injury.

Players to watch?

For the Blues Jarryd Haynes won them Game 1 but couldn’t repeat his efforts after getting knocked about by a tummy bug leading up to Game 2.

He’ll be back to full fitness here and ready to earn Man of the Series honors.

Queensland is chockfull of experienced Origin greats including dummy-half flyer Justin Hodges, sweeping fullback Billy Slater and skipper Cameron Smith who never looks ruffled by proceedings.

We’re in for a beauty here with the Blues fighting for their first series clean sweep since 2000 but paying $2.45 as the Origin betting underdogs to do so.

The home team meanwhile is the $1.57 Origin favourites at Ladbrokes.com.au who are also offering a host of other exciting markets on the match.

Below we take a look at some of the top State Of Origin Game 3 betting markets so you can place your bets online at Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of Wednesday night’s 8:15pm kickoff!

Footy Freaks – QLD v NSW

Get freakishly good odds! Ladbrokes have nominated players from each side as a “Footy Freak” for State Of Origin Game 3, and if the “Freak” scores a try and his team wins the game, you will receive the promotional odds for that combination. Valid for bets up to $100.

  • Billy Slater to score a try at any time and Queensland to win $3.40
  • Greg Inglis to score a try at any time and Queensland to win $3
  • Sam Thaiday to score a try at any time and Queensland to win $7
  • Jarryd Hayne to score at any time and NSW to win $5
  • Trent Hodkinson to score a try at any time and NSW to win $11
  • Greg Bird to score a try at any time and NSW to win $13

Winning Margin

  • Queensland 1-12 pays $2.80
  • Queensland 13+ pays $3.40
  • New South Wales 1-12 pays $3.60
  • New South Wales 13+ pays $6
  • Draw pays $21

First Try Scorer


  • Darius Boyd (QLD) pays $9
  • Greg Inglis (QLD) pays $10
  • Billy Slater (QLD), Will Chambers (QLD) pay $11
  • Daniel Tupou (NSW), James McManus (NSW), Jarryd Hayne (NSW) pay $12

*All odds quoted are provided by Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change