Welcome to Grandstand Online’s rolling coverage of the State of Origin series decider between New South Wales and Queensland at Sydney’s Olympic stadium.
The Maroons levelled the ledger three weeks ago by winning in Brisbane and will now look to extend their dominance to eight straight Origin series wins.
Stay with us all night for constant updates, statistics, photos, video and interviews from Homebush.
(All updates in AEST)
8:01pm: With kick-off looming, let’s have a look at the statistics really quick. The inquiring minds here at the ABC have crunched the scoring numbers and this is what they’ve come up with.
“Analysis shows Queensland’s wins have been built on wresting control of the match midway through the half.
“Seven of Queensland’s 16 tries in winning appearances at the Olympic stadium since 2006 have come between the 15th minute and the 28th minute. By the same stage of those matches, New South Wales has only scored three tries out of total of 11.
“In home matches won by the Blues, Queensland has only scored one try in the opening half-hour of play. New South Wales has crossed eight times by the same stage of those matches.
“Queensland is two from two in series deciders on enemy turf since its winning streak began.
“But the defending champions have not won at the Olympic stadium since 2010’s series clean sweep.”
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7:56pm: The next batch of player profiles are hot off the press and this time it’s the number sevens. If you’re a Maroons fan is your man, or if Blue is more your colour then check out .
7:52pm: We put the call out a few minutes ago to see how our Twitter faithful think tonight’s showdown might play out. Here are a few of your thoughts:
Boyd to score first try for #Maroons