The pinnacle of Rugby League is the State Of Origin Series, and the 2018 version of this exciting event will conclude on July 11. Played with passion and pride, this will mark the thirty-seventh ‘state verse state’ meeting between the QLD Maroons and NSW Blues.
This season’s edition has delivered a memorable series, and your prime time NRL viewing need not end when it is over, with Super Saturday and Sunday Footy available to enjoy on a standard or HD TV, as well as with live mobile streaming options using the informaton below.
2018 State of Origin Preview
State of Origin officially played its inaugural season in 1980, but it wasn’t until two years later in 1982 that the series took on its current three-game format. For the first couple of decades or so, the results were incredibly even, with the first 24 series resulting in 12 NSW victories, 10 Queensland wins, and two draws. Since then, the Maroons have taken over, winning eight in a row between 2006-2013, and 11 of the past 12. Last year, the Blues went excruciatingly close to earning themselves a rare victory, opening up a 1-0 lead before losing Game 2 16-18, and ultimately losing the series.
This year, however, the Blues were the favourites for nee of the first times in over a decade, and sealed the series deal in game 3 when defeating QLD by the margin of 18-14, in Sydney. Queensland had lost Johnathon Thurston and Cooper Cronk from last year, two of the major reasons for their recent dominance, and just weeks before the 2018 series, captain Cameron Smith announced his own retirement from this format of the game. Now as Game 3 approaches the Maroons will look to pride to prevent a NSW series sweep. The Blues also fielded a squad full of new faces in Game 1, though this was much more by desire than necessity, and the result was an impressive 22-12 win. Experienced State of Origin players such as James Maloney have offered valuable experience, and is joined by a host of exciting young talents, including rising star Nathan Cleary.
Maroons vs Blues Game 3 Live TV Times
When: Wednesday, 11 July
Where: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Live TV: Channel Nine at 8:00pm
Fixtures shown as Sydney time. State of Origin replay times exclusive to Foxtel with the first airing Thursday the 12th of July at 7.00am on the Fox League channel. If you’re out and about you may also stream the Origin live to a host of mobile devices with the 9Now app.
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State of Origin Broadcast Guide
Use this chart to determine what time the State of Origin kicks off in your city. For example, events that start at 8.00pm in Sydney will be broadcast at 7.30pm in Adelaide and at 6.00pm in Perth.
Sydney, NSW: 8.00pm
Brisbane, QLD: 8.00pm
Melbourne, VIC: 8.00pm
Gold Coast, QLD: 8.00pm
Canberra, ACT: 8.00pm
Newcastle, NSW: 8.00pm
Hobart, TAS: 8.00pm
Adelaide, SA: 7.30pm
Darwin, NT: 7.30pm
Perth, WA: 6.00pm
Queensland Maroons Preview
The Maroons were comprehensively beaten in Game 1 of last year, with the Blues’ defense playing outstandingly well to keep their opponents to just 4 points. Queensland managed to respond to win the series 2-1 and make it 11 State of Origin victories from the past 12 series, but Cameron Smith’s sudden retirement has added to the hole already created by the absence of Johnathon Thurston and Cooper Cronk.
New South Wales Blues Preview
The Blues went heartbreakingly close to winning their second series since 2005 last year, going down 16-18 in Game 2 before being comfortably beaten in Game 3 to make it a 2-1 loss. This season, however, they will be confident that they can bounce back. The Maroons have lost some vital players from last year, and despite the Blues fielding their most inexperienced side since 1984, they will go into Game 1 as favourites, so whether watching the State of Origin on Free to Air or catching the delayed version on Fox Sports because of other obligations, this match is must see TV.