NSW vs QLD : State of Origin 2019 | NSW v QLD. State of Origin: NSW Blues vs Queensland Maroons live scores. Welcome to our live coverage of State of Origin Game 3 at ANZ Stadium.
Mitchell Pearce enters his 19th State of Origin game still yet to taste a series victory and still unable to avoid being the most talked about player on the field.
The series is all locked up at 1-1 after the Blues’ thrashing of Queensland at Optus Stadium in Game 2. History, grudges and the futures of several star players and coaches are all on the line when Game 3 is scheduled to kick off at 8.10pm (AEST) at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.
NSW has gone all out for the effort, decorating the tunnel with iconic memorabilia and tribute pieces to NSW legends, including Andrew Johns, Laurie Daley and Fittler.
The tunnel has not been used since the Sydney 2000 Olympics where athletes also used to warm up on the external track before walking through the tunnel to the Olympic venue.
Gould is “bothered” by the decision because it could all go pear-shaped if Queensland is able to exploit the fact that any delay to the scheduled kick-off time would leave NSW players standing around with nothing to do.
Brad Fittler’s NSW Blues are one win away from a second straight State of Origin series victory as they prepare to tackle Queensland.
Mitchell Pearce is back in the Blues side after injury ruled Nathan Cleary out, while David Klemmer returns after missing the Game Two victory.
The Blues are firm favourites to clinch the 2019 decider against a Maroons side reeling from a heavy defeat in Origin II.
To add to Queensland’s woes, veteran back-rower Matt Gillett has been ruled out on match eve.
STATE OF ORIGIN START TIME, DATE, SCHEDULE
Game III: July 10, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, 8:00pm AEST kick-off
HOW TO WATCH GAME III
Watch Origin game one live on Channel 9 or head online to use the 9NOW and NRL apps. Channel 9 has coverage from 7pm. Fox League’s NRL Tonight has a 90-minute preview from 5.30pm.
The Maroons have been hit by the news that second-row forward Matt Gillett could miss out due to a groin injury, while centre Michael Morgan is also a doubt leading up to kick-off, per News.com.au.
Queensland will also hope to see winger Dane Gagai, 28, back to his best. The South Sydney Rabbitohs star scored two of his side’s three tries in the series-opening win and has since been in scoring action for his National Rugby League team, via Fox League: