TL;DR news on State of origin game 3 at December 19, 2022
Following news this morning that Daniel Saifiti has pulled out of the squad due to a rib cartilage injury, Dale Finucane was promoted onto the bench, leaving Nicho Hynes as the only reserve. The QueenslandMaroons edge forward, who was set to play off the bench in Game 3 next Wednesday, has failed to have his dangerous contact charge overturned at the NRL judiciary. The NRL prosecutor however, argued that Fifita had plenty of time and the hit on Williams was careless. The 140 points he receives will only keep him out of one game however, meaning he will be able to play for the Titans when the NRL returns to full steam ahead in Round 18. The venue for Game 3 of the series is still yet to be determined due to Sydney's COVID outbreak and lockdown, with the NRL due to make an announcement in the coming days. McDonald Jones Stadium will cater for up to 20,000 fans, or 75 per cent of seated capacity, after a switch from Stadium Australia. It will give NSW a chance to lift the shield in front of a home crowd after the Blues dominated the first two games in Queensland. Luai played out Penrith's Round 16 game against the Panthers, but had a noticeable limp after suffering a knee injury in a tackle during the second half from Tom Opacic. Speaking on Fox Sports' coverage of the Raiders and Titans, Greg Alexander said Jarome Luai has suffered a Grade 2 medial ligament injury and would miss the game. The 12 players to sit out a game are Daniel Alvaro, Gerard Beale Jack Bird, Jack De Belin, Matt Dufty, Kaide Ellis, Tyrell Fuimaono, Josh Kerr, Blake Lawrie, Zac Lomax, Josh McGuire and Corey Norman. The Dragons must, as hard as it will be, begin to focus on footy again with a chance of finishing in the top eight at season's end still existing. This is also an absolutely vital game for the Red V. Hayden Lomax and Jaiyden Hunt have both had time in first grade, while Poasa Faamausili has also been around the fringe of first grade. With Ben Hunt's ball running, it's the sort of game the kicking game of Adam Clune could excel in. The other three to be suspended in this game are Josh McGuire, and with De Belin back and Ford to slot onto the bench, that won't make much of a difference, Blake Lawrie and Tyrell Fuimaono. But he's made a home at centre this season and, despite battling a lingering ankle issue, is considered one of the fastest players in the NRL. But he made good use of it. Email addressNotify me We care about the protection of your data. Young guns Blake Taafe and Peter Mamouzelos will play at fullback and off the bench respectively, with Benji Marshall set to start at hooker. The Warriors have a mountain of injuries to deal with. This would push Kane Evans back to the bench, taking one of the spots likely to be vacated by Jazz Tevaga at lock and Bayley Sironen in the second row.