The third a final game of the State of Origin series has never been more crucial than this coming Wednesday’s fixture. The Blues (+4 Match Handicap) are looking to end a run of six Queensland series victories and go to the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane ready for a what will be an electric encounter.
Each sides objectives are clear - The aim and the prize for New South Wales (11/8 to win the match) is to absorb the immense pressure from both the opposition and the partisan Queensland crowd, replicate their grit and flair from game two and commence a winning series sequence of their own after six excruciatingly long mid-year representative periods of Maroons dominance.
While for Queensland (-4 Match Handicap) it is to feed off their passionate fans in the cauldron atmosphere, play to their tried-and-true strengths and deliver state hero Petero Civoniceva a befitting farewell – a seventh straight series – in his 33rd and final Origin game.
Certainly NSW have the tougher job as there have been seven deciders played at Suncorp Stadium – the Blues have won just two. Although by calling on Brett Morris coach Ricky Stuart has signalled his intent to run Queensland (4/7 to win the match) ragged – both NSW wingers Morris and Jarryd Hayne are currently specialist fullbacks who are the most prolific metre-eaters in their position in the NRL.