The State of Origin is back tonight with the final game in the 3-game rivalry between Queensland and New South Wales. Now that the AFL and NRL Grand Finals have paved the way for live games once again, the State of Origin series has been given the green light for 2020. Here’s what you need to know before tonight.
When is State of Origin?
For the first time in Origin history the series is taking place at the end of the football season due to the pandemic. Instead of the typical mid-year run, State of Origin will take place over three consecutive weeks in November 2020.
Game One: Wednesday, 4 November
Game Two: Wednesday, 11 November
Game Three: Wednesday, 18 November
Kick-off is at 8:10pm AEDT, 7:10pm AEST, 7:40pm ACDT, 6:40pm ACST and 5:10pm AWST.
Where is State of Origin being played?
Games will be played in Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane.
Game One: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, South Australia
Game Two: ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Game Three: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD
Game 3 tonight in Brisbane is set to be the world’s largest sporting event since the onset of COVID-19. QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has allowed for 100% of Suncorp Stadium to be filled, meaning the crowd will be 52,000 strong.
How to watch the State of Origin series
State of Origin games will be available on free-to-air via Channel 9, with coverage starting at 7:00pm AEDT.
The game will also be available to live stream via the 9Now app or website. Fox Sports and Kayo will have replays following the game.
If you’re looking for radio coverage, ABC Radio, Triple M Sydney/Brisbane, 2GB/4BC, SEN/NRL Nation are all over it. If you’re watching from overseas there are a list of international broadcasters showing the game.
To celebrate State of Origin, KFC is partnering with Menulog to bring you free delivery during all three games. While you’re there why not check out the red and blue bun chicken burgers from KFC and support your team with your meal.
What Happened in Games 1 and 2?
The first game was a nail-biter as the QLD Maroons managed to narrowly maintain the lead over the NSW Blues with 18-14. The Blues then came back with a landslide win in Game 2 with a score of 34-10.
The third and final game will be a classic Origin decider, taking place on QLD’s home turf tonight at Suncorp Stadium. Odds are on the Blues to win the series but perhaps playing a home game will give QLD the advantage.