Origin Game 3: Tips, first try scorer and man of the match predictions

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Ray Warren can put down the binoculars for his call of Origin III. Picture. Phil Hillyard

For the first in 54 years of commentating, the legendary Ray ‘Rabbits’ Warren will call a rugby league game off the television.

Channel Nine commentator Andrew Johns – plus the network’s production crew – have been permitted into Queensland for tonight’s State of Origin decider but Warren will remain in Sydney and call off the TV from Nine’s Willoughby studios.

The Daily Telegraph can reveal Warren had a practice run calling a replay of State of Origin II off a television monitor on Monday.

Nine hired a charter flight for Johns and the production crew which left Sydney for Brisbane at 7am on Wednesday.

Queensland Government exemptions for the charter flight were only approved at 6pm on Tuesday.

Ray Warren can put down the binoculars for his call of Origin III. Picture. Phil Hillyard

While happy to call off the TV, Warren admitted: “I wouldn’t say I’m comfortable. I’ve never called off the tube in my 54 years.

“But in the climate that we’re in, there are some things you have to do – some things people have to do. I think I can get through it okay.”

Due to Queensland’s COVID restrictions, the entire crew had to be transported directly from Brisbane Airport to Suncorp Stadium where they will prepare, work and wait for 13 hours until kick off.

Nine’s management had the choice of using Queensland commentators but elected for Warren to call the important game.

WHAT: STATE OF ORIGIN GAME III

WHEN: 8.05pm (AEDT)

WHERE: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland

HOW: Channel 9

NEWSCORP EXPERTS TIPS FOR ORIGIN III

Matty Johns – NSW by 8

Man of the match: Daniel Saifiti

First try: Damien Cook

Key to victory: Faster play-the-balls than Queensland.

Nick Walshaw – NSW by 20

Man of the Match: Cody Walker

First try: James Tedesco

Key to victory: Start fast, silence the crowd. Complete. Rush up in defence. And as was the case in Origin II, have Nathan Cleary determine where the game is played through his kicking game.

Paul Crawley – NSW by 8

Man of the match: Jake Trbojevic

First try: Josh Addo-Carr

Key to victory: NSW has the superior squad and they got their wake-up call in game one, simple as that.

Michael Carayannis – NSW by 2

Man of the match: Tyson Frizell

First try: James Tedesco

Key to victory: They have been labelled the worst Queensland side of all time but they will start fast. NSW to come from behind and win

Phil Rothfield – NSW by 8

Man of the match: Damien Cook

First try: James Tedesco

Key to victory: Clearly the better side on paper, worth a couple of million dollars more than the Maroons.

James Phelps – NSW by 10

Man of the Match: James Tedesco

First try: Josh Addo-Carr

Key to victory: Queensland will be better but there will be no stopping the Blues.

Fatima Kdouh – NSW by 12

Man of the Match: Nathan Cleary

First try: Josh Addo-Carr

Key to victory: Last week’s game was Cleary’s Origin coming of age. Expect more of the same tonight

David Riccio – NSW by 10

Man of the match: Cody Walker

First try: Josh Addo-CarrKey to victory: Kick well, complete high, lift the Shield.

Nick Campton – NSW by 6

Man of the match: Cody Walker

First try: Edrick Lee

Key to victory: If the Blues stick to what worked in Origin II and get Walker as much ball as possible they should have too much firepower for Queensland.

Paul Kent – NSW by 8

Man of Match: James Tedesco

First try: Josh Addo-Carr Key to victory: Class Wins in the end.

Dean Ritchie – NSW by 16

Man of the match: James Tedesco

First try: Daniel Tupou Key to victory: A world class team against a good NRL team.

Peter Badel – Queensland by 2

Man of the match: Josh Papalii

First try: Brenko Lee

Key to victory: Cameron Munster brings a dynamic edge at five-eighth and Harry Grant will spark the Maroons around the ruck. 

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