Origin 3: Player of the Series Preview & Betting Tips
Note – after the controversial awarding to Billy Slater last year, the voting was revamped this year with Mal Meninga, Laurie Daley and Darren Lockyer awarding points on a 3-2-1 basis after each game. The player with the most cumulative points after game 3 will win the Wally Lewis Medal. Should there be a tie, an independent former Origin great will cast the deciding vote.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Value bet: Jake Trbojevic has one massive tick in his Wally Lewis Medal chances – he was the actual man of the match in game 2. Moving from lock to prop suited the Manly workhorse perfectly and increased his playing time and involvements. Forwards have won six of the last eight player of the series gongs and with Trbojevic looking at big minutes through the middle again, he’s every chance at another vote-getting performance which could be enough to earn a maiden Wally Lewis Medal.
Best bet: Dane Gagai was man of the match in game 1 and should Queensland deliver a stunning upset, it’s highly likely their tryscoring machine will have a major role. Gagai has history in this award having won it in 2017 and is a consistent performer at this level. He’s scored half of the Maroons tries this series and with a revamped Queensland attack out to take increased attacking risks, Gagai’s experience will be heavily relied on. Should he bag a double in a Queensland win, the votes he’ll get combined with his game 1 tally will be hard to top.
Value bet: Cameron Munster is a perennial vote-grabber no matter the level. He was behind only Mitchell Pearce in Dally M votes when they went secret in June and with the Storm star shifted to fullback, he’ll have increased license to attack and stand out. Munster had a strong game 1 and should he follow through with a match-stealing performance on Wednesday – which he’s fully capable of – then he’s capable of picking up enough votes to get over the line