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Everything is still to play for in Game 3 of the 2017 State of Origin series, with the New South Wales Blues and Queensland Maroons tied on one win apiece entering the deciding fixture.
The two teams will come back to Brisbane, Australia, on Wednesday, and the Blues make their return to Suncorp Stadium—the scene of their record 28-4 win in Game 1—hoping to replicate their previous form on enemy soil.It’s little coincidence Queensland fought back to parity in the series after witnessing the return of 12-year Origin veteran Johnathan Thurston, who struck a 78th-minute conversion to seal a slim 18-16 win for the Maroons.
Read on for a preview of Wednesday’s decider in one of rugby’s fiercest rivalries, complete with viewing information, key match details and discussion of which star players to keep an eye on
Date: Wednesday, July 12
Time: 11 a.m. BST/8 p.m. AEST/6 a.m. ET
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Live Stream: Premier Sports (UK), Fox Soccer 2 Go (U.S.), Fox Sports (AUS)
In what was to be his last-ever outing in a State of Origin series, Thurston will be a sore miss against longtime rivals New South Wales, a foe he’s defeated in 10 of the 12 series in which he’s competed prior to 2017.
The 34-year-old missed Game 1 of this year’s three-parter due to a shoulder injury before playing a match-winning role in the return at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium, kicking in the dying minutes to seal a two-point victory.It was a script befitting a player of Thurston’s grand status in the sport, and the National Rugby League paid tribute to one of league’s greatest patrons in the build-up to this year’s decider:
Only Cameron Smith (41) has made more State of Origin appearances than Thurston (37), although the latter still holds the competition’s all-time record for points scored on 238.It’s easy to ascertain the X-factor Thurston would have brought to Queensland given his status as a game-changer, and the manner in which he spoke about his Game 1 absence gives a sense of what his Game 3 absence means to the player, per Fox Sports:
“I was up in the box with the coaching staff for game one. It is quite a view from there. You can see everything unfolding.“It was difficult to watch and not be part of the game but it does give you an appreciation of what goes on, and dissecting a game plan and executing it.”
As fate would have it, Brisbane Broncos starlet Anthony Milford, the man who replaced Thurston in Game 1, has since needed shoulder surgery, meaning Melbourne Storm’s Cameron Munster will start on Wednesday.It’s a pressure cauldron to be making one’s State of Origin debut in, and the Blues may well target him just to the fringes of the breakdown as they seek to exploit any weakness they can get their hands on.
But NSW have some aces of their own, one of whom is prop Andrew Fifita, who provided a spearhead presence in Game 1 and has been backed to do so again by team-mate Aaron Woods, per the team’s official Twitter account:
THE State Of Origin Live Stream opener is four weeks away, and it’s the time of year every man and his dog puts two cents forward in an effort to help the state selectors.But there’s some who may be a little more qualified than most to lend a hand.
Mark Gasnier played a dozen Origins for NSW and wore the green and gold of Australia 15 times during a long and eventful career.He sat down with foxsports.com.au to offer his Blues team ahead of Origin I.In the lead-up to May 31, foxsports.com.au will run a weekly series of former Origin greats’ preferred teams and expert analysis!
Gaz’s backline comment: It was hard to leave Joey Leilua out as he is an excitement machine but the left edge has so much creativity as it is with James Maloney, Wade Graham, Hayne and Tedesco on set plays.
Therefore I have gone with reliability and honesty, particularly in defence, in the left centre position and Croker epitomises that.
I would give Jarryd Hayne a licence to roam, particularly when NSW get a set piece from the left-hand side and through the middle late in the halves.Josh Dugan just edges out young Tom Trbojevic on the right wing because of the starts to the sets he provides, and defensive reads on the big stage.As rugby league deals with the negative headlines from the City-Country selection debacle, now the scheduling of the game’s biggest event has come up for debate.Green wants State Of Origin Live Streaming moved to the off-season, in October, after the NRL Grand Final, with Test matches to follow the interstate series.The idea has its supporters given the impact State of Origin has on the NRL season, and NRL 360 co-host Paul Kent said he can see the argument growing support, particularly from club officials.
“Everything Paul Green said is completely legitimate,” Kent told NRL 360.“It cannibalises the home and away rounds, it takes the focus away from club football, which is the lifeblood of the game.
“The focus goes to Origin and we get treated to second-rate club games — it’s almost a false economy out there.“The NRL is always very good at measuring the upside of Orign, without factoring in the damage to the club games.”Green isn’t the first NRL coach to discuss changing the timing of the State of Origin series, as Wayne Bennett is another who has campaigned for an overhaul.There has been a push to shorten the series to a condensed format over a 10-day period, rather than the current six-week series.While another option tabled has been to halt the NRL competition when the State of Origin series is on. But Kent sees no merit in such a proposal, saying it provides a free kick to the NRL’s competition.
“We have AFL and you can be sure the moment you cancel the NRL competition and put rep games on they would program blockbusters in Sydney and Brisbane,” Kent said.“They will send out the message, ‘you cant go and watch your team, come and watch us this weekend’.“That’s their little subversive way of gradually winning AFL fans from Rugby League.“This is something the NRL need to sit down and seriously work out — because every year we debate it.”
The State of Origin competition is believed to bring in between $70-$100 million to the NRL, meaning any shift has to be carefully considered.While changes can be discussed, we will see no shift in the Origin calendar at least for the next five years. The annual three game showdown is locked away as part of the next NRL broadcast deal.
Kent’s NRL 360 co-host Ben Ikin says the NRL administrators should be looking towards the future now and shaping what the Origin contest is for years to come.“They need to start today for five-and-a-half years time,” Ikin said.“What we start planning today is what Origin looks like post 2022.“My solution is to drop Origin from three to one games a year — but everyone laughs at me.“It would be massive. It started at one game a season.”
The comments section was filled with passionate voices, many of which decried the impact Origin has on the club competition, and I can’t help but agree with them.It feels as if six weeks of the competition is written off, with sides ravaged by the loss of representative players, bizarrely scheduled bye rounds and a loss of form often experienced by front-running teams.This period robs fans of continuity, and I don’t think anyone is happy with the current state of affairs. State Of Origin 2017 Live Stream
There are aspects of the current structure that cannot be changed. The NRL is not going to scrap any of the state of origin fixtures, and given the mid-week rating bonanza I can’t see the games being move from Wednesday – in any case, given the rights deal, it’s impossible not play club rugby league for a month.
So what should be done?
The whole period needs to be restructured, and here is how to do it.
Compress the Origin calendar
Keep Origin on Wednesday but play it over three consecutive weeks.
Create split bye rounds
Make the weekend before the first Origin game and weekend after the last Origin game as a split bye round so that there are four fixtures on each weekend. To ensure fairness no Origin players would be able to play in the round following the last Origin game.This way each club would have only one game without their Origin players, minimising disruption and keeping things as fair as possible. The extra rest would help prevent player burnout for those playing in the Origin series.