State of Origin Game 3: Welcome to watch Queensland Maroons vs New South Wales Blues Rugby online, how to watch Online Live Stream, TV Schedule, Online TV Channel, Odds, Game Time and more info.
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)
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.
However, the five-eighth has been denied playing a role in Game 3, in what would have been his last representative match before the North Queensland Cowboys icon heads for retirement, due to a shoulder injury.
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.
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.
There is very rarely a game with the winner so difficult to predict. On the one hand, you have the fierce, solid New South Wales side that has proven its ability to win games, as long as they can keep the momentum going for the whole 80 minutes. Then you have the Queensland squad, specifically adapted to face the Blues line-up that they have come to know well in the last 2 games, and playing with the home advantage.
Queensland have been in similar situations before – they are the underdogs, have injury concerns, and they’re dealing with the best player in the world left out due to injury. But while it could be said that they are not the favourites on paper, the emotion of the decider, of Thurston’s farewell and the home ground advantage will see the Maroons team victorious.