Game 3 of the 2020 State of Origin series sees a decider between Queensland and New South Wales at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday November 18.
Xavier Coates scored a marvelous aerobatic try to open the scoring in Game 2, however, the Blues proved way too strong running away 34-10 victors.
State of Origin Game 3 First Tryscorer Tips - Best Bet: Valentine Holmes
The Maroons and North Queensland Cowboys fullback has taken a while to find his feet in rugby league this season following a year out of the game, however, as he enters a Game 3 decider expect his best performance of the season.
Although he has been named as fullback for the game, there seems to be strong mail he will likely start the game on the wing, with debutant and Rabbitohs fullback Corey Allen likely to make his way to the fullback role.
A ball runner who thrives in any sort of open air, at just 25 years of age Holmes has scored 70 tries from 105 NRL appearances and eight tries from just six State of Origin matches.
Although his talent is there for all to see, there is strong argument Holmes is a better winger than fullback, and if he plays there on Wednesday it will only enhance his first try-scoring chances.
State of Origin Game 3 First Tryscorer Tips - Next Best: Dane Gagai
Rabbitohs and Queensland flyer Dane Gagai is one man who lives for Origin, producing his best football each year in a Maroons jumper and with the series on the line in Queensland, everything points towards a Gagai special on Wednesday.
Since making his debut in 2015, Dane Gagai has scored 11 tries from 15 matches and playing in such an inexperienced line-up, has been a leading offensive target for the Maroons in the centres.
Although Gagai hasn’t scored a try yet this series, his strength and footwork pose a challenging proposition for his opposing centres, recording 61 tackle breaks this year for the Rabbitohs.
During the last State of Origin game played at Suncorp Stadium in Game One of the 2019 series, Gagai scored two tries to lead the Maroons to victory and will be looking for more of the same on Wednesday.
State of Origin Game 3 First Tryscorer Tips - Best Roughie: Cody Walker
The Rabbitohs and Blues five-eighth was somewhat of a controversial selection in the halves for Game 2 after Luke Keary was dropped following Game 1, however, Walker justified that decision with an outstanding performance in Sydney.
A dynamic weapon in attack, Walker scored two tries on the night including the first try for the Blues.
Although five-eighths aren’t generally well known for their try-scoring prowess, the 30-year-old has enjoyed a fantastic strike rate in his career thus far scoring 52 tries from 117 NRL appearances, with his footwork and ability to appear anywhere a vital asset towards his game.
Set to stalk behind a tearaway Blues forward pack, Walker has the ability to snuff out a try from anywhere and proves great value as a first try-scorer.