State Of Origin III: Man of the Match



State Of Origin III: Man of the Match

Man of the Match By Position (2003-16)

Fullback: 3 (Last: Game I, 2014)
Wing: 4 (Last: Game III, 2013)
Centre: 3 (Last: Game II, 2015)
Five-Eighth: 8 (Last: Game III, 2015)
Halfback: 5 (Last: Game I, 2010)
Backrower: 7 (Last Game I, 2016)
Prop: 4 (Last: Game II, 2014)
Hooker: 6 (Last: Game II, 2016)
Bench: 1 (Last: Game I, 2003)

Bet on Man of the Match

Cameron Smith (2007, 2011, 2011, 2013, 2015,2016)
Johnathan Thurston (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012. 2015)
Greg Inglis (2008)
Sam Thaiday (2009)
Nate Myles (2012)
Corey Parker (2014)
Matt Gillett (2016)

New South Wales
Paul Gallen (2011, 2014)
Michael Jennings (2015)

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New South Wales
James Tedesco ($8) – Finally makes his Origin debut and as the most damaging attacking player in Blue is deservedly among the favourites. Huge chance.

Josh Mansour ($51) – Will see more of it with Tedesco at the back but wingers don’t win the gong too often.

Michael Jennings ($34) – Won a gong last series but isn’t going nearly as well this year.

Josh Dugan ($34) – He isn’t a centre, he cannot pass and he should be 1000-1 to win this.

Blake Ferguson ($67) – Lucky to have retained his spot in the team.

Jack Bird ($13) – Only one key position player has won the award since 2008 but Bird looks a likely type and has to be a chance if he starts.

James Maloney ($8) – A more open game should suit Maloney, who has been excellent this series, but the $8 is too short.

Aaron Woods ($15) – Laurie Daley gives Woods absolutely zero chance with how limited his minutes are.

Robbie Farah ($15) – Hasn’t won the award in 15 appearances and though he typically lifts for NSW is no darling of the selectors.

Paul Gallen ($7) – The price of $7 is based on nostalgia and nothing else. Is getting less minutes and the selectors are unlikely to be swayed by the fact this is his final game.

Josh Jackson ($21) – Works his backside off but touches the football about as often as the referee.

Wade Graham ($21) – A nice creative type and backrowers have a good record but not sure he is ready to dominate this level.

Tyson Frizell ($21) – Frizell enjoyed one of the finest Blues Origin debuts ever and of all the forwards he seems the most likely to win Man of the Match honours.

Andrew Fifita ($34), David Klemmer ($34), Matt Moylan ($41) and James Tamou ($67) – No value in any of these with no bench player winning the award since 2003. Fifita and Klemmer are impact players and the most likely.

Bet on Man of the Match

Darius Boyd  ($10) – Robbed in Origin and has been Queensland’s best player of the series. Five of the last six Player of the Series have won a Man of the Match award.

Corey Oates ($67) – Has really struggled of late as injuries and head knocks have taken hold.

Greg Inglis ($19) – He doesn’t win Man of the Match awards and is not going well enough.

Justin O’Neill ($51) – Has lost all his speed.

Dane Gagai ($51) – Scored a quality hat-trick in Game II and was not in the mix so seems unlikely he will be winning one.

Johnathan Thurston ($7) – A more open match should suit his game but Thurston typically saves his best for the big games.

Cooper Cronk ($9) – Is flying at club level with five assists in his last game and is not the worst bet at $9 in a game that should see some points.

Matt Scott ($21) – Only played 43 minutes in Origin I and 42 in Origin II. Declining impact.

Cameron Smith ($10) – Always has to be considered but not player has won back-to-back Man of the Match awards in a series since Sam Backo in 1988.

Nate Myles ($51) – Back from injury and going as well as The Bunker. Absolutely no hope.

Matt Gillett ($216) – Won the gong in Game I but his form has been sketchy since.

Sam Thaiday ($34) – Lucky to still have a spot in the team. Not good enough as this stage of his career.

Corey Parker ($13) – A favourite of selectors, Parker gets the stats and the impact to win a farewell award if Queensland salute.

Josh McGuire ($41), Aidan Guerra ($51), Gavin Cooper ($51) and Jacob Lillyman ($67)– Opportunities are rare for Maroons benchmen.

Bet on Man of the Match

Best NSW: James Tedesco ($8)

Best Queensland: Darius Boyd ($10)

Other Bets: Cooper Cronk ($9) and Tyson Frizell ($21)

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