NRL: Kevin Walters says Valentine Holmes will retain goalkicking duties.
Billy Slater. Photo: AAP
QUEENSLAND coach Kevin Walters has branded the term “dead rubber” dirty words as the Maroons look to avoid a series whitewash in State of Origin Game 3 on Wednesday night.
The match at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium will kick off at 8pm.
It’s captain Billy Slater’s last Origin appearance and Walters says his team is doing everything it can to ensure a Blues clean sweep doesn’t happen.
“No one wants to be tagged with that,” Walters said of a possible 3-0 series defeat.
Ladbrokes has NSW as firm favourites at $1.68 to win the game. Queensland are at $2.55.
Some 50,000 fans are expected to be in attendance.
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.
Originally published as Origin III teams and latest odds