Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

In The Clear NRL Podcast | State of Origin comes down to decider

In The Clear NRL Podcast | State of Origin comes down to decider

Down and out: James Maloney is tackled.

The third and deciding match of the 2017 State Of Origin Series kicks off tonight in QLD at Suncorp Stadium with the away team the NSW Blues favourites to beat QLD Maroons at home. Valentine Holmes, 3. Will Chambers, 4.

QUEENSLAND second-row forward Gavin Cooper has backed teammate Michael Morgan to silence the doubters when he runs out for the Maroons in the centres tomorrow night.

Cameron Munster deserved huge credit for setting up the score as he produced a dazzling run to open up space before offloading to Holmes, who claimed the pass brilliantly before going over.

Queensland's veteran captain Cameron Smith slotted the conversion from the sideline. Aaron Woods, 9. Nathan Peats, 10. Josh Papalii, 16. Coen Hess, 17. Josh Jackson, 13. Tyson Frizell.

While millions of eyeballs will be glued to tv screens tonight in New South Wales and Queensland for the 2017 State of Origin series decider, the real victors of the interstate rivalry may have already been revealed thanks to ABS data.

We aren't convinced New South Wales will be able to maintain the necessary level for the entire game, but that's not to say they won't win: It's just to say they must take points on the board in each period of the game where they are displaying that said attitude.

Off contract Slater is yet to decide whether to re-sign for another season ahead of his 29th Origin after a successful comeback from two shoulder reconstructions this year.

The opportunities they squandered in Game 2 came back to bite them big time (Jarryd Hayne, please pass the ball this time) because the errors kept Queensland in the game; Smith got a sniff of it and then did what he's built his career on.

"I think Cooper Cronk can add to that as well regardless of whether it is their last game for Queensland".

"They haven't given any indication to anyone really", he said.

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