The late mail is in for Today’s (12/07/2017) State Of Origin 2017 Game 3 match between Queensland Maroons and New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium. We take a look at the updated odds for both teams and give our late mail tips and selections.
When: 20:15 | Wednesday 12/07/2017
Where: Suncorp Stadium
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Tip: NSW Blues at $1.75
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Queensland Maroons side for State of Origin Game 3
1. Billy Slater, 2. Valentine Holmes, 3. Will Chambers, 4. Michael Morgan, 5. Dane Gagai, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Dylan Napa, 9. Cameron Smith (capt), 10. Jarrod Wallace, 11. Gavin Cooper, 12. Matt Gillett, 13. Josh McGuire.
Interchange: 14. Ben Hunt, 15. Josh Papalii, 16. Coen Hess, 17. Tim Glasby.
18th man: Felise Kaufusi.
New South Wales Blues side for State of Origin Game 3
1. James Tedesco, 2. Brett Morris, 3. Josh Dugan, 4. Jarryd Hayne, 5. Blake Ferguson, 6. James Maloney, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Nathan Peats, 10. Andrew Fifita, 11. Boyd Cordner (c), 12. Josh Jackson, 13. Tyson Frizell.
Interchange: 14. David Klemmer, 15. Wade Graham, 16. Jake Trbojevic, 17. Jack Bird.
18th man: Jack de Belin.
Fit Slater ready and raring to go for Qld
Queensland expect veteran fullback Billy Slater to produce a signature display after declaring him fully fit and ready for Wednesday night’s State of Origin decider.
Slater sent a scare through the Maroons when he rolled his ankle on Sunday but has been cleared to play after training for 20 minutes in their Tuesday night captain’s run.
Queensland assistant coach Anthony Seibold said the Melbourne Storm star had ensured he would be right to go at kickoff since suffering the training mishap.
“Billy’s fine,” Seibold said on Wednesday.
“He’s a meticulous professional and he’s been on the game, ready, pretty much flat out for 48 hours, so he’s in good shape.”
Slater’s improved fitness is a major relief for a Queensland team already missing playmaker Johnathan Thurston and fellow Test backs Darius Boyd and Greg Inglis.
While shoulder surgery has stopped Thurston making an on-field swansong at his official Origin farewell, his presence in the Maroons camp since Sunday has been influential and inspirational, according to Seibold.
“We wanted to make sure that there was enough time for that emotion to dilute before the game because as JT said it’s not about him tonight it’s about the guys doing their jobs individually and collectively,” Seibold said.
Thurston has been working closely with Maroons debutants Cameron Munster and Ben Hunt.
“To have him talk to Cameron, Michael Morgan, Ben Hunt, those guys, is invaluable for us,” Seibold said.
Seibold said Munster, Queensland’s third five-eighth in as many games, was not being thrown in the deep end as he would be playing alongside clubmates Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Slater.
After losing game one 28-4 and being down 16-6 in the second half of game two, a Queensland series victory — their 11th in 12 campaigns — would be among the most remarkable victories in Origin history, Seibold said.
“We’re really confident in what we can do,” he said.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change