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State of Origin Game 3 Man of the Match Tips - Who will be best on ground in Origin 3?

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Last updated: 11 Jul 2023
Ryan Tucker 11 Jul 2023
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  • Who will be named Man of the Match in Game 3
  • State of Origin Game 3 kicks off on Wednesday, July 12
  • Our Man of the Match selections are below

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State of Origin Man of the Match


Game 1 saw Rueben Cotter take the honour of Man of the Match, after putting in an inhumane performance with 85 Run Metres and 48 Tackles. However it was the way he went about his work that made the difference for Queensland doing those one percenters, like diving on loose balls and getting under the skin of the Blues that won him the MOTM.

It was another workhorse that took Man of the Match honours in Game 2 with QLD’s Lindsay Collins donning the medal. Collins started from the bench and certainly provided the Maroons with the impact they required of him. The Sydney Rooster made 135 metres from his 14 runs, 51 of which came post-contact, he also made 31 tackles all in just 42 minutes of playing time.

  • Since 2017, 8 forwards, 5 fullbacks, 5 halves and 2 centres have won the MOTM honours.
  • Over the last 6 years, a Queenslander has won Man of the Match in Game 3 in 5 of the 6 games. 
  • Of the current players James Tedesco has won MOTM 4 times, while Nathan Cleary (2) and Cameron Munster (2) are the only other players selected that have won the award multiple times
  • Only once in the NRL era has a player from the losing team received MOTM - Josh Jackson in 2017

Three players stand out as best bets for Man of the Match in State of Origin Game 3.

Daly Cherry-Evans


We have backed Daly Cherry-Evans halves partner Cameron Munster in Games 1 and 2, but it has been the Manly halfback that has been the inspirational leader so far this series. 

The QLD captain has been directing his team around the park, while leading by example with motivational plays like his run-down of NSW speedster Stephen Crichton in game 2.

On the back of Cherry-Evans near perfect kicking game that has allowed the QLDers to build pressure and convert their chances. 

The 34-year-old has also made the most tackles of any back in the series with 49 with a tackle efficiency of 85%, along with two try assists and one linebreak.

Patrick Carrigan 


Pat Carrigan has been the rock in the QLD forward pack that we all knew he would be at the start of the 2023 Origin Series. 

The Maroons lock has been a top 3 forward in the series in terms of work-rate compiling 33 tackles in Game 1 and 39 in Game 2, along with 16 Runs and 140 Run Metres in the opener backing it up with 13 Runs and 113 Run Metres in Brisbane.

Carrigan will put in another big performance in game 3 to ensure the Maroons get the series whitewash and if he puts up the same numbers as he did in the first two games, he may not only win MOTM but be the first-ever player to win back-to-back Wally Lewis Medals.

Keaon Koloamatangi


Brad Fittler has made a bunch of changes to the NSW side heading into the dead-rubber in Sydney after already losing the series 2-0 to QLD and Keaon Koloamatangi is one of the major ones. 

The Tonga international has been on the cusp of a Blues berth for the last two years and will make his debut in Game 3. Koloamatangi has forced his way into the side to be the influential enforcer for the Blues, which will hopefully open up what has been a very solid QLD defensive line.

Koloamatangi has been a wreckingball for South Sydney this season, scoring four Tries along with four linebreaks, while averaging 14 Runs, 130 Run Metres and 29 Tackles per game in 2023. 

If the second-rower can put together a controlled game and insert some aggression and passion into the NSW forward pack, he could be the game-changer the Blues have been missing. 

Verdict

It has been a series for the big boys up front so I’m backing a debutant and a veteran in the forward pack. Cherry-Evans is Queensland’s inspirational leader and will put in a big one to hand QLD the 3-0 series victory.

Best Bet: Daly Cherry-Evans Man of the Match @11/1 at picklebet - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Patrick Carrigan Man of the Match @18/1 at Boombet - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Keaon Koloamatangi Man of the Match @40/1 at Boombet - 1 Unit
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