State of Origin III: Allan, Grant to debut; Addo-Carr named
Fri 13 Nov 2020, 04:00 PM
If you’d offered Queensland the chance to head to Suncorp Stadium for a deciding match before the Ampol State of Origin series opener in Adelaide they would have gladly taken it.
The tricky thing for the Maroons is they don’t have long to turn a game-two drubbing in Sydney into a match-winning performance.
NSW were easily the better side at ANZ Stadium with their middle forwards dominating, Nathan Cleary kicking the Maroons off the park and their back three getting almost every set off to a great start.
The Blues will start at hot favourites despite the match being played in enemy territory as they chase a first three-peat since 2003-05.
Maroons: Cameron Munster has been named in the No.6 jersey despite playing just two minutes of game two after suffering a head knock. There are two changes to the run-on side, with Corey Allan replacing Phillip Sami on the wing and Christian Welch returned at prop after missing game two due to a concussion.
Welch’s return forces Dunamis Lui back to the bench with Moeaki Fotuaika sliding back to the reverses list.
The other change to the Queensland bench sees Harry Grant named in the No.14 jersey to make an Origin debut. Ben Hunt (who was No.14 for the first two matches) drops back to the reserves list.
Blues: NSW have retained the same 17 from the team that won convincingly at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night.
The only changes coming on the reserves list with Ryan Papanhuyzen (returning from a calf injury) joined by Jarome Luai, Cameron McInnes and Nick Cotric in jerseys 18-21.
As expected, Josh Addo-Carr has been named on the wing despite having arrived at training on Thursday with a toe injury.
“It’s like a jarred finger but on my toe,” he said. “It just got caught in an awkward tackle. One of the Queensland boys just landed on my foot. I should be sweet to play it’s just swollen a bit. It should be alright.”
Referee: Gerard Sutton
Touch Judge: Chris Butler
Touch Judge: Todd Smith
Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy
Last updated: 04:22 pm Friday 13th November 2020