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State of Origin III preview

1. The return of Cronk is a massive boost for Queensaland as they clearly have the better halves pairing.
2. NSW definitely has the better bench and you get the feeling the Maroons may regret selecting Papalii ahead of Napa. Perhaps Napa would have been a better option than Lillyman.
3. The Blues don’t exactly have the best record at Suncorp Stadium in Origin deciders.
4. The Maroons will no doubt lift in front of their home crowd and will do everything to send Hodges off on a winning note, but there were worrying signs in Origin II and there’s no Slater.
5. Ennis has been in fantatsic form for the Sharks of late, so his inclusion ahead of Farah may be a shot in the arm for NSW.
6. There isn’t much between the rival packs, but Scott and Thaiday have got to lift for the Maroons.
7. The Blues have got an edge out in the backs, so Chambers and Gagai will certainly come under the spotlight.
8. After his shocker at fullback for Australia against New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium, Inglis will no doubt be primed for a big game.
9. A few players in the Queensland team are playing for their Origin careers and NSW could implode if Klemmer doesn’t keep his cool.
10. The loss of Slater is massive for Queensland and how fit is Gallen.
NSW by 6

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