Queensland to win State of Origin 3 in a nailbiter.

Cameron Munster’s absence won’t stop Queensland from winning the State of Origin decider 8-6 at Lang Park this evening.

The Maroons will be without their star play maker but will still field more nominees for The Fronwlow Medal and will thus stop the trophy from travelling south of the Tweed.

The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern-day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while NRL star Jarryd Hayne is the most recent recipient.

Munster is himself a Frownlow nominee and has been ruled out of the big game with COVID-19, but his team still boasts eight players who have covered themselves in glory off the field, compared to the Blues who could only find 6.

It’s impossible to win a game of rugby league without a Frownlow nominee or two in the team. Penrith fielded a number of nominees in the grand final in 2021, including star Nathan Cleary. In fact, the team itself earned a nomination when players broke the trophy during post-match celebrations – proving that rugby league success and Frownlow glory go hand in hand.

Both captains for tonight’s clash have been nominated, and lead teams with the following nominees:

Queensland

Kalyn Ponga

Selwyn Cobbo

Valentine Holmes

Corey Oates

Daly Cherry-Evans

Ben Hunt

Josh Papali’i

Jai Arrow

Ironically, many of these players earned their first nomination for breaking curfew during a Queensland Origin camp some years ago.

New South Wales

James Tedesco

Stephen Crichton

Nathan Cleary

Api Koroisau

Junior Paulo

Siosifa Talakai

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State of Origin game 1 will finish 7-7.

Log onto your betting apps folks because The Fronwlow Medal can reveal that the first game of the 2022 State of Origin series will finish 7-7. This year’s series is expected to be the tightest in recent years, although one factor could tip the result in the favour of the Blues.

New South Wales and Queensland will both field teams containing seven Frownlow nominees, including both captains.

The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern-day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while NRL star Jarryd Hayne is the most recent recipient.

The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame honours former players and players who received media attention in previous seasons, for similarly scandalous behaviour, and its inductees include Ben Cousins and Julian O’Neill.

James Tedesco leads the New South Wales nominees. He got into a scuffle with a teammate in the Italy squad way back in 2017. Joining Teddy are Kotoni Staggs, Jack Wighton, Nathan Cleary, Payne Haas, Junior Paulo and Stephen Crichton.

Meanwhile, DCE leads the nominees for the Maroons, also for fighting with a teammate. He once had a tiff with former Manly teammate Jackson Hastings, at a strip club. He will lead a team containing fellow nominees Kalyn Ponga, Selwyn Cobbo, Valentine Holmes, Cameron Munster, Ben Hunt and Josh Papali’i.

What could tip the opener?

The coaches.

New Queensland boss Billy Slater has never been nominated for Frownlow honours, whereas Brad Fittler was nominated for the hall of fame in 2018 after once being declared ‘The Drunkest Human Being Ever’. This title was given to him by police after he was found asleep on the steps of a police station as a young man.

Maybe Tedesco will make the difference. He was also nominated in 2021 for the infamous Squid Games joke.

It’s going to be a close one.

Who’s your money on?

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