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Team line-ups:

QLD: 1 Billy Slater, 2 Valentine Holmes, 3 Dane Gagai, 4 Will Chambers, 5 Corey Oates, 6 Cameron Munster, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans, 8 Jai Arrow, 9 Andrew McCullough, 10 Josh Papalii, 11 Gavin Cooper, 12 Felise Kaufusi, 13 Josh McGuire. Interchange: 14 Ben Hunt, 15 Jarrod Wallace, 16 Coen Hess, 17 Tim Glasby. Reserve: 18 Christian Welch.

NSW: 1 James Tedesco, 2 Tom Trbojevic, 3 Latrell Mitchell, 4 James Roberts, 5 Josh Addo-Carr, 6 James Maloney, 7 Nathan Cleary, 8 David Klemmer, 9 Damien Cook, 10 Paul Vaughan, 11 Boyd Cordner, 12 Tyson Frizell, 13 Jack de Belin. Interchange: 14 Tariq Sims, 15 Jake Trbojevic, 16 Angus Crichton, 17 Tyrone Peachey. Reserve: 18 Ryan James.

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Tipsters from CM all have tipped QLD:

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Peter Badel (Chief league writer): Queensland by 6

WHY: Daly Cherry-Evans will bring more composure and direction to the halves to ensure Billy Slater gets the winning farewell he deserves.

Robert Craddock (Chief sportswriter): Queensland by 8

A dead rubber it may be, but up to 10 Queenslanders will have their futures decided by this game. They will be desperate men.

Rikki Lee Arnold (NRL writer): Queensland by 2

WHY: Surely a great like Billy Slater cannot go out on a defeat. Queensland have to win for him.

Travis Meyn (NRL writer): Queensland by 4

WHY: The Maroons will avoid an embarrassing clean sweep because the Baby Blues have been celebrating a drought-breaking series win and will drop their guard.

Paul Malone (Senior sports writer): Queensland by 4

WHY: The home-ground factor will help Queensland withstand the loss of key players through injury, as will the difficulty teams leading Origin series’ 2-0 always face in maintaining motivation.

Mike Colman (Senior sports writer): Queensland by 8

WHY: Despite all the hype about the Gen Next Blues, the Maroons weren’t far off last match. In front of their home crowd and desperate to avoid a clean sweep, they’ll be too strong.

Luke Turgeon (The Courier-Mail sports editor): Queensland by 4

WHY: Maroons are playing not only for pride but for their Origin futures and throw in the home ground advantage should be able to get it done.

Michael Westlake (The Courier-Mail Head of Sport): Queensland by 14

WHY: Game Two showed Queensland have the game plan to rattle the Blues. With the pressure off and calmer heads, they will get the job done.

In our tipping comp on this forum, for this game, it is 4-1 in favour of NSW.

What do you reckon?

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I just want a win. 1-0 is fine by me. Anything to shut the banana-benders up.

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Just got back in time for kick off.

I just hope it’s a good game with plenty of points.

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Good morning/ evening to one and all. Nice build up their by channel 9 apart from the tattoos on Tariq Sims.

Edited by Irish Saint

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Just before K.O. my dog moves to the strategic end of the couch and goes to sleep.

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2 minutes ago, Farmduck said:

Just before K.O. my dog moves to the strategic end of the couch and goes to sleep.

My cat has no interest either stretched out asleep on the maroon ( no bias intended) rug.

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We have lift off...........

Only you Irish Saint, has tipped Qld on this forum... you could be right...

What do you think oh decisive FD?

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Great crowd, wonderful atmosphere. A real buzz around the jam packed ground.

What a marvellous sight. One of the best in Rugby League.

Edited by Graham

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Shoulder charge by Latrine on Slater.

Kick from Grahams favourite  player Slater knocks on  bunker reverses referees decision  of try

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What a pity. That would have been a fairy tale start for Billy and his Qld team.

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Just now, Irish Saint said:

Shoulder charge by Latrine on Slater.

Kick from Grahams favourite  player Slater knocks on  bunker reverses referees decision  of try

One of my favourites... I have a few.... he he

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Qld having most of the possession...to be expected early on home territory.

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1 minute ago, Graham said:

One of my favourites... I have a few.... he he

 That should have read kick from Graham's  favourite player DCE....

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Rabbits Warren ready to go into ecstasy mode, just needs a little excuse...

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1 minute ago, Irish Saint said:

 That should have read kick from Graham's  favourite player DCE....

You can take DCE and stick him....

eh up... interception 

Holmes length of field 

Wow

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Looked like a Blues try, until that interception.

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What a crowd!

The stands are full and a picture in themselves. Almost all in maroon, pronounced marooon when said properly, not morown...

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