The big game on Wednesday for State Of Origin 2015 Game 3 is between Queensland and New South Wales. The opening kick-off is set to commence at 20:20 with the game to be played at Suncorp Stadium. The favourite for the match is home team Queensland. View our preview and teams for the game between Queensland and New South Wales.
When: 20:20 | Wednesday 08/07/2015
Where: Suncorp Stadium
Tip: Queensland at $1.65
Roughie Tip: First Tryscorer: Josh Morris at $15.00
Greg Inglis, Darius Boyd, Will Chambers, Justin Hodges, Dane Gagai, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Matt Scott, Cameron Smith (c), Nate Myles, Aidan Guerra, Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker.
Interchange: Michael Morgan, Josh Papalii, Matt Gillett, Jacob Lillyman.
18th man: Edrick Lee.
New South Wales
Josh Dugan, Will Hopoate, Josh Morris, Michael Jennings, Brett Morris, Mitchell Pearce, Trent Hodkinson, Aaron Woods, Robbie Farah, James Tamou, Beau Scott, Ryan Hoffman, Paul Gallen (c).
Interchange: Trent Merrin, Boyd Cordner, David Klemmer, Josh Jackson.
18th man: Tariq Sims. 19th man: Ryan Hinchcliffe. 20th man: Michael Ennis
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change
They smashed them at their last NRL meeting a month ago, but Canberra are expecting a much tougher Newcastle outfit at home on Friday.
The Raiders walked away 44-22 victors in round 13, only to drop their two games since.
So have the Knights, but with a cavalry back for the clash at GIO Stadium – including halves Jarrod Mullen and Tyrone Roberts, plus forwards Kade Snowden, Jeremy Smith and David Fa’alogo – they’re an entirely new proposition.
“It’s a totally different team that are going to be coming here than what we played in Newcastle,” hooker Josh Hodgson said on Wednesday.
“I’m sure they’ll be very desperate and coming here for a fight.
“But we’re looking to be at our best and hoping to come away with the two points.”
The Raiders sit 11th in a congested section of the ladder, while the Knights are second-last and only one win ahead of wooden-spooners Wests Tigers.
Hodgson stopped short of labelling this week’s match as a must-win for the Green Machine, but said it was vitally important to keep their finals hopes alive.
“This week is definitely a massive game for us and I’m sure the Knights will be coming out all guns blazing,” he said.
“They’re a bit lower down on the ladder, so they’ll be looking to try and chase their tails a little bit and get back up the ladder towards the eight.”
Skipper Jarrod Croker said poor completion rates and lack of possession had proved their downfall in their losses to the Warriors and North Queensland and had been a focus over the bye period.
“We’ve completed enough sets to be in it but we just didn’t have enough ball,” he said.
“We were just defending our tryline for a while against both sides.
“It’ll go a long way if we can complete a bit better.”
The Raiders, in their first Friday night match of the season, will be without new recruit Joseph Leilua, whose contract prevents him from playing against his old club this year.
Jordan Rapana has been given the all clear after hurting his ankle last start against the Warriors.