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State of Origin 2015

NSW Blues fullback Jarryd Haynes celebrates as his side win Game 1 of the 2014 State of Origin series 12-8 (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

NSW fullback Jarryd Haynes celebrates as Blues win Game 1 of the 2014 series (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

Often considered the pinnacle of Australian rugby league, State Of Origin is one of Australia’s premier sporting events, often played in front of sold-out stadiums. The series itself is contested between New South Wales and Queensland, who have formed an epic rivalry that has seen the series produce the toughest and most skilful Rugby League in the world. Since its inception in 1980, the results between NSW and QLD have been extraordinarily even, adding further emphasis to the competition’s success. Overall the Maroons have won 22 series compared to the Blues 13 after NSW sealed the 2014 series in Game 2 – breaking Queensland’s streak of eight straight wins.

» Full State of Origin Team lists here

In the lead-up 2015 State of Origin series, let’s consider the history. NSW have finally ended the hoodoo against the great Queensland side. However, the Maroons still had a point to prove after losing the opening game of the series at Suncorp. And prove it they did, with a thumping 32-8 result at Suncorp Stadium. Nevertheless, Paul Gallen held the trophy high at Suncorp, and we’re set for a cracking 2015 series.

2014 State of Origin Fixture

GAME 1 GAME 2 GAME 3
Home vs Away NSW vs QLD QLD vs NSW Home vs Away QLD vs NSW
Date Wed 27 May, 2015 Date Wed 17 June, 2015 Date Wed 8 July, 2015
Venue ANZ Stadium, Sydney Venue Melbourne Cricket Ground Venue Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Time (AEST) 8:00pm* Time (AEST) 8:00pm* Time (AEST) 8:00pm*
TV Channel Nine TV Channel Nine TV Channel Nine

*Important note – most Origin games commence later than this time. The exact kick-off, after the Australian national anthem is performed, and TV specials are completed, is closer to 8:15pm.

2014 series – how it happened

Game 3 was a ‘dead rubber’ by name, as people love to label it, but was still played with plenty of passion, pride and intensity. It showed the Queensland team of old, as the Maroons piled on five tries to thrash the Blues 32-8. It was built on the back of an opening half where they forced New South Wales to get through a mountain of defensive work. Although they only took a 6-2 lead into half time, the Maroons managed four tries in a clinic of attacking play in the second half. Tries to Guerra, Slater, Boyd and Cronk saw the Maroons home in a thrashing, but it didn’t stop Blues skipper Paul Gallen from holding aloft the shield after the match in front of 50,000 Queenslanders.

» State of Origin 2014 Game 3 – Full time report
» State of Origin 2014 Game 3 – Half time report
» State of Origin 2014 Game 3 – live scores, blog, highlights
» State of Origin 2014 Game 3 – Full team lists

Game 2 was nothing if not competitive, ferocious, and controversial. Their 6-4 victory over Queensland was the first time NSW had claimed a series victory in nine years. It was tough, uncompromising and full of niggle, which made for a low-scoring contest. Queensland took two penalty goals either side of half time through Johnathan Thurston. But Trent Hodkinson managed to convert pressure into points for the Blues, when after five consecutive sets attacking the Queensland line he slipped through the Maroons’ defence for the only try in the match. There was a controversial moment at the end of the match, with the ball brushing Aaron Woods before going dead on the full, but the Blues were awarded a penalty, and held on for the win and the series victory.

» Game 2 – Full time report
» Game 2 – Half time report
» 2014 State of Origin Game 2 – Live scores
» Expert reaction to New South Wales’ State of Origin squad for Game 2
» Expert reaction to Queensland’s State of Origin squad for Game 2

Game 1 of the 2014 series on 28 May saw the two teams take to Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane for the opener. The build-up was as tense as it gets in Origin, but when the teams took the park the action was ferocious. Despite an early Darius Boyd try, New South Wales enjoyed the ascendency in the first half. Tries to Brett Morris and Jarryd Hayne saw them take a 10-4 lead at half time. A penalty goal took the Blues to a 12-4 lead, but Darius Boyd’s second try brought the game back to life. But the Blues didn’t relent, and managed to hold off at fast-finishing Queensland side to win 12-8.

» State of Origin Game 1 live blog
» 2014 State of Origin Game 1 full time report
» State of Origin Game 1 half time report

» Expert reaction to Origin teams – Queensland Maroons
» Expert reaction to Origin teams – New South Wales Blues

Origin 3 – Photo Gallery

Cooper Cronk scores Queensland's fifth try in a 32-8 defeat of New South Wales in Game 3Johnathan Thurston looks to pass during Queensland's 32-8 win in Game 3

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Origin 2 – Photo Gallery

Johnathan Thurston and Josh Reynolds tussle in Origin 2Paul Gallen takes up the ball in Origin 2
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Origin 1 – Photo Gallery

NSW Blues fullback Jarryd Haynes celebrates as his side win Game 1NSW Blues player Daniel Tupou leaps for a ball ahead of Queensland's Justin Hodges during Game one

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2013 series – how it happened

Game 1 saw NSW and Queensland head to ANZ Stadium, Sydney, for the opening game of the series. The Blues won 14-6, after leading 14-0 at half-time.

Read all the action as it unfolded here:
» 2013 State of Origin Game 1 – NSW vs Queensland live scores, blog

Game 2 in Brisbane, Queensland, saw the Maroons turn on a dominant performance, winning 26-6, after leading 14-0 at half-time and going on with it, scoring first in the second-half. Four players were sent to the sin-bin for fighting in a controversial decision from referees.

Read all the action as it unfolded here:
» 2013 State of Origin Game 2 – Queensland vs NSW live scores, blog

Game 3 at ANZ Stadium in Sydney saw the Maroons clinch the series, winning 12-10, after leading 8-4 at half-time in a close game, marred by a streaker running into the middle of play.

Read all the action as it unfolded here:
» 2013 State of Origin Game 3 – Queensland vs NSW live scores, blog

In November 2012 the Australian Rugby League Commission announced a five-year schedule, with NSW and Queensland both being awarded two series in which they would host two home matches, with the remaining series having a game hosted at a neutral venue. NSW will host two-game home series in 2013 and 2016 while Queensland will host two-game home series in 2014 and 2017. In 2015 each side will host one game, with the Australian Rugby League Commission currently in negotiations with the Victorian Major Events Company to have the match held at a Melbourne venue. The announcement was controversially received by Queensland, who had originally been scheduled to host two matches at Suncorp Stadium before the ALRC’s decision in November 2012.

Relive all the action!
State of Origin 2013 Game 1 live scores, blog

Origin 3 – Photo Gallery

Queensland Maroons' Billy Slater and Copper Cronk celebrate winning State of Origin 2013Robbie Farah makes another run during State of Origin Game 3
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Origin 2 – Photo Gallery

Queensland's Brent Tate is sin-binned for his part in a brawl during 2013 State of Origin Game 2Queensland's Johnathan Thurston (left) blocks NSW's Josh Dugan during 2013 State of Origin Game 2
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Origin 1 – Photo Gallery

Paul Gallen (c) and Nate Myles fight during the opening match of the 2013 State of Origin.NSW Blues' Jarryd Hayne scores the opening try during Game I of the the 2013 State of Origin
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State of Origin Articles

Without a winning team to pick, Maroons must inject youth

Without a winning team to pick, Maroons must inject youth

by , 2 Apr 2015 Video

North of the Tweed, it’s never too early to start thinking about State of Origin, particularly when the three Queensland clubs have had a, let’s say, ‘mixed’ start to the NRL season.

What the NRL needs to do to improve (Part 2)

What the NRL needs to do to improve (Part 2)

by , 19 Mar 2015

Having discussed player transfers, the salary cap, a five-minute sin bin and introducing a 20/40 kick in Part 1, today we’ll analyse a few more areas where the NRL can improve their performance as administrators of the greatest game of all.

Gallen backs Dugan for Origin fullback

by , 18 Mar 2015

Josh Dugan is NSW captain Paul Gallen’s first choice to fill the massive boots left by Jarryd Hayne at fullback.

The best thing about rugby league is also its biggest weakness

The best thing about rugby league is also its biggest weakness

by , 11 Mar 2015

Until last year, rugby league and the hype of State of Origin existed on the periphery of my sporting radar.

Daley won’t hesistate to axe bad boys

by , 11 Mar 2015

NSW coach Laurie Daley has reminded his players he won’t hesitate to overlook those involved in poor off-field behaviour – regardless of reputations.

Is the World Club Series the new Origin?

by , 23 Feb 2015

With two matches done and dusted, the Super League is now pinning its hopes on 2014 champions St Helens to overcome NRL premiers South Sydney.

Queensland likely to regain Origin title

by , 5 Feb 2015

The omens are good for Queensland to regain their grip on the State of Origin trophy this year judging by NSW star Josh Morris’ handling of the prized title.

Gallen to retire in 2016

by , 4 Feb 2015

Paul Gallen has revealed he has pencilled in 2016 as his NRL swansong.

Tate sees benefits to Maroons’ Origin loss

by , 22 Jan 2015

Perhaps it is apt that Brent Tate can see a silver lining to the end of Queensland’s State of Origin reign as they look to infiltrate the land of the Long White Cloud.

Keeping international talent away from Origin

Keeping international talent away from Origin

by , 8 Nov 2014

Much has been made of the pay packets received by State of Origin representatives.


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