State of Origin 2016

Welcome to The Roar‘s coverage of the 2016 State of Origin series, including news, previews, video, highlights and team announcements. We’ll be updating this page daily as the latest news breaks.

Considered by many as the pinnacle of rugby league, State Of Origin is one of Australia’s premier sporting events, 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 resulted in some of the toughest and most skilful games ever.

2016 series
Queensland have secured the 2016 series in Game 2, with a 26-16 win at Suncorp Stadium. Game 1 was a tighter affair, with Queensland getting the win 6-4. You can relive the action of that game with our live blog, or read our match report of the game here.

NSW won Game 3 of the 2016 State of Origin series 18-14, with a miracle try on the buzzer.

History and format
Since its inception in 1980, the results between NSW and QLD have been extraordinarily even, contributing further to the competition’s success. Overall the Maroons have won 23 series compared to the Blues’ 13.

Currently, State of Origin is played over three Wednesday nights, three weeks apart. In 2018 that is set to change, with Game 2 to move to a Sunday night on a standalone representative weekend, changing the long-held Origin tradition of playing on a Wednesday night.

This is part of a number of changes in the new NRL free-to-air TV deal.

2016 State of Origin Fixture

GAME 1 GAME 2 GAME 3
 NSW vs QLD QLD vs NSW NSW vs QLD
Date: Wed 1 Jun, 2016 Date: Wed 22 June, 2016 Date:Wed 13 July, 2016
Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
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.

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History

Queensland took out the 2015 State of Origin series with a dominating 52-6 victory in Game 3.

Here’s how the season played out:

2015 Game 3: 52,500 people were in Suncorp Stadium to witness a complete domination from the Maroons. The biggest winning margin in Queensland history in front of the ravenous home fans.

2015 Game 2: A record 91,514 packed the MCG in Melbourne. NSW won the match 26-18 thanks to a heroic performance from Michael Jennings. NSW have forced the decider, which will be played in Brisbane.

2015 Game 1: Queensland have won the first match of the State of Origin series 11-10, at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. It sets up an intriguing battle for the rest of the series, with NSW needing to win the the second game in Melbourne to force a decider in Brisbane.

Paul Gallen is back for the Blues, while Cooper Cronk is out for the Maroons. Will this make a big difference? Find out at our teams page.

In 2014 NSW sealed the series in Game 2, breaking Queensland’s streak of eight straight wins. However, the Maroons had a point to prove after losing the opening game of the series at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, and prove it they did in Game 3, with a thumping 32-8 result – again at Suncorp.

Nevertheless, Blues captain Paul Gallen held the trophy high that night, and setting the stage for a cracking 2015 series.

2014 series – how it happened

Game 3 was a ‘dead rubber’ by name, but was still played with passion, pride and intensity. It showed the Queensland team of old, as the Maroons piled on five tries to thrash the Blues 32-8.

Although they only took a 6-2 lead into halftime, the win was built on the back of an opening half where NSW were forced to get through a mountain of defensive work. As a result, the Maroons managed four tries in a clinic of attacking play in the second half.

Tries to Aiden Guerra, Billy Slater, Darius Boyd and Cooper 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.

Game 2 was competitive, controversial, and full of niggle, which made for a low-scoring contest. But NSW’s 6-4 win resulted in their first series victory over Queensland since 2005.

Queensland took two penalty goals either side of halftime 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 of 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 1 of the 2014 series on May 28 saw the two teams take to Suncorp Stadium. The build-up was as tense, and 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, with tries to Brett Morris and Jarryd Hayne seeing them take a 10-4 lead.

As the second half began, a penalty goal took the Blues to a 12-4 lead, but Darius Boyd’s second try brought the game back to life. The Blues however didn’t relent, and managed to hold off at fast-finishing Queensland to win 12-8.

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 hosted 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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Series Archive

1982
QLD won 2-1

GAME 1
QLD 16 Tries: Mitch Brennan, John Ribot de Bresac; Goals: Mal Meninga (5/6)
NSW 20 Tries: Ziggy Niszczot, Brad Izzard, Steve Mortimer; Goals: Mick Cronin (4/5)
Man of the match: Mal Meninga

GAME 2
QLD 11 Tries: Gene Miles, John Ribot de Bresac, Paul Vautin; Goals: Colin Scott (1/3), Wally Lewis (0/3)
NSW 7 Tries: Brad Izzard; Goals: Tony Melrose (2/3)
Man of the match: Rod Morris

GAME 3
NSW 5 Tries: Phillip Duke; Goals: Mick Cronin (1/3)
QLD 10 Tries: Rohan Hancock, Wally Lewis; Goals: Mal Meninga (2/3)
Man of the match: Wally Lewis

1983
QLD won 2-1

GAME 1
QLD 24 Tries: Wally Lewis (2), Mark Murray; Goals: Mal Meninga (6/6)
NSW 12 Tries: Steve Ella, Eric Grothe Snr; Goals: Phil Sigsworth (2/2)
Man of the match: Wally Lewis

GAME 2
NSW 10 Tries: Steve Ella, Neil Hunt; Goals: Mick Cronin (1/3)
QLD 6 Tries: Mal Meninga; Goals: Mal Meninga (1/1)
Man of the match: Peter Sterling

GAME 3
QLD 43 Tries: Mitch Brennan (2), Dave Brown, Greg Conescu, Gene Miles, Bryan Niebling, Steve Stacey; Goals: Mal Meninga (6/7), Colin Scott (1/2); Field Goals: Wally Lewis
NSW 22 Tries: Chris Anderson (3), Steve Mortimer; Goals: Mick Cronin (3/4)
Man of the match: Wally Lewis

1984
QLD won 2-1

GAME 1
QLD 29 Tries: Kerry Boustead (3), Wally Lewis, Gene Miles, Paul Vautin; Goals: Mal Meninga (2/8); Field Goal: Wally Lewis
NSW 12 Tries: Noel Cleal; Goals: Ross Conlon (4/4)
Man of the match: Wally Lewis

GAME 2
NSW 2 Goals: Ross Conlon (1/4)
QLD 14 Tries: Greg Dowling, Gene Miles; Goals: Mal Meninga (3/4)
Man of the match: Wally Lewis

GAME 3
QLD 12 Tries: Kerry Boustead, Bob Lindner; Goals: Mal Meninga (2/4)
NSW 22 Tries: Brian Johnston (2), Noel Cleal; Goals: Ross Conlon (5/7)
Man of the match: Steve Mortimer

1985
NSW won 2-1

GAME 1
QLD 2 Goals: Mal Meninga (1/2)
NSW 18 Tries: Michael O’Connor (2); Goals: Michael O’Connor (5/6)
Man of the match: Peter Wynn

GAME 2
NSW 21 Tries: Ben Elias, Brett Kenny, Steve Mortimer; Goals: Michael O’Connor (4/5); Field Goal: Michael O’Connor
QLD 14 Tries: Ian French, Bob Linder; Goals: Mal Meninga (3/4)
Man of the match: Wally Lewis

GAME 3
QLD 20 Tries: Dale Shearer (2), Ian French, John Ribot de Bresac; Goals: Mal Meninga (2/6)
NSW 6 Tries: Steve Ella; Goals: Michael O’Connor (1/1)
Man of the match: Wally Fullerton-Smith

1986
NSW won 3-0

GAME 1
QLD 16 Tries: Greg Dowling, Gene Miles; Goals: Mal Meninga (4/4)
NSW 22 Tries: Andrew Farrar, Garry Jack, Chris Mortimer, Royce Simmons; Goals: Michael O’Connor (3/4)
Man of the match: Royce Simmons

GAME 2
NSW 24 Tries: Noel Cleal, Andrew Farrar, Brett Kenny, Michael O’Connor, Wayne Pearce; Goals: Michael O’Connor (2/6)
QLD 20 Tries: Ian French, Les Kiss, Bob Lindner, Daler Shearer; Goals: Mal Meninga (2/4)
Man of the match: Peter Sterling

GAME 3
QLD 16 Tries: Gary Belcher, Greg Conescu, Les Kiss, Dale Shearer; Goals: Les Kiss (0/2), Mal Meninga (0/3)
NSW 18 Tries: Michael O’Connor, Wayne Pearce, Peter Tunks; Goals: Michael O’Connor (3/4)
Man of the match: Brett Kenny

1987
QLD won 2-1

GAME 1
QLD 16 Tries: Tony Currie, Greg Dowling, Dale Shearer; Goals: Gary Belcher (1/2), Peter Jackson (1/3)
NSW 20 Tries: Michael O’Connor (2), Les Davidson, Mark McGaw; Goals: Michael O’Connor (2/4)
Man of the match: Les Davidson

GAME 2
NSW 6 Tries: Andrew Farrar; Goals: Michael O’Connor (1/2)
QLD 12 Tries: Greg Dowling, Colin Scott, Dale Shearer; Goals: Wally Lewis (0/1), Colin Scott (0/3)
Man of the match: Peter Sterling

GAME 3
QLD 10 Tries: Bob Lindner, Dale Shearer; Goals: Dale Shearer (1/1), Colin Scott (0/2)
NSW 8 Tries: David Boyle; Goals: Michael O’Connor (2/2)
Man of the match: Allan Langer

1988
QLD won 3-0

GAME 1
NSW 18 Tries: Andrew Ettingshausen, Mark McGaw, Michael O’Connor; Goals: Michael O’Connor (3/4)
QLD 26 Tries: Allan Langer (2), Gary Belcher, Peter Jackson, Alan McIndoe; Goals: Gary Belcher (3/6)
Man of the match: Allan Langer

GAME 2
QLD 16 Tries: Sam Backo, Allan Langer; Goals: Gary Belcher (4/4)
NSW 6 Tries: Michael O’Connor; Goals: Michael O’Connor (1/3)
Man of the match: Sam Backo

GAME 3
NSW 22 Tries: John Ferguson, Steve Hanson, Michael O’Connor, Wayne Pearce; Goals: Michael O’Connor (3/5)
QLD 38 Tries: Sam Backo (2), Gary Belcher, Brett French, Joe Kilroy, Allan Langer, Wally Lewis; Goals: Gary Belcher (5/7)
Man of the match: Sam Backo

1989
QLD won 3-0

GAME 1
QLD 36 Tries: Michael Hancock (2), Mal Meninga (2), Allan Langer, Bob Lindner, Alan McIndoe; Goals: Mal Meninga (4/7)
NSW 6 Tries: Andrew Ettingshausen; Goals: Laurie Daley (1/2)
Man of the match: Martin Bella

GAME 2
NSW 12 Tries: Laurie Daley, Chris Johns; Goals: Greg Alexander, (2/2), Laurie Daley (0/1)
QLD 16 Tries: Michael Hancock, Wally Lewis, Kerrod Walters; Goals: Gary Belcher (1/2), Mal Meninga (1/1)
Man of the match: Wally Lewis

GAME 3
QLD 36 Tries: Dale Shearer (2), Gary Belcher, Tony Currie, Michael Hancock, Alan McIndoe, Kerrod Walters; Goals: Dale Shearer (4/7)
NSW 16 Tries: Des Hasler, Bruce McGuire, David Trewhella; Goals: Michael O’Connor (2/4)
Man of the match: Kerrod Walters

1990
NSW won 2-1

GAME 1
NSW 8 Tries: Mark McGaw; Goals: Michael O’Connor (2/3)
QLD 0
Man of the match: Ben Elias

GAME 2
NSW 12 Tries: Brad MacKay, Ricky Stuart; Goals: Rod Wishart (2/4)
QLD 6 Tries: Les Kiss; Goals: Mal Meninga (1/2)
Man of the match: Ricky Stuart

GAME 3
QLD 14 Tries: Gary Belcher, Peter Jackson; Goals: Gary Belcher (2/3), Lewis (1/2)
NSW 10 Tries: Glenn Lazarus, Mark McGaw; Goals: Rod Wishart (1/2)
Man of the match: Bob Lindner

1991
QLD won 2-1

GAME 1
QLD 6 Tries: Mal Meninga; Goals: Mal Meninga (1/2)
NSW 4 Tries: Laurie Daley; Goals: Greg Alexander (0/1), Michael O’Connor (0/1)
Man of the match: Wally Lewis

GAME 2
NSW 14 Tries: Chris Johns, Mark McGaw; Goals: Michael O’Connor (3/4)
QLD 12 Tries: Willie Carne, Dale Shearer; Goals: Mal Meninga (2/3)
Man of the match: Steve Walters

GAME 3
QLD 14 Tries: Michael Hancock, Paul Hauff, Dale Shearer; Goals: Mal Meninga (1/4)
NSW 12 Tries: Des Hasler, Chris Johns, Michael O’Connor; Goals: Michael O’Connor (0/4)
Man of the match: Martin Bella

1992
NSW won 2-1

GAME 1
NSW 14 Tries: Bradley Clyde, Craig Salvatori; Goals: Rod Wishart (3/4)
QLD 6 Tries: Allan Langer; Goals: Mal Meninga (1/2)
Man of the match: Ben Elias

GAME 2
QLD 5 Tries: Billy Moore; Goals: Mal Meninga (0/2), Field Goal: Allan Langer
NSW 4 Goals: Rod Wishart (2/2)
Man of the match: Bob Lindner

GAME 3
NSW 16 Tries: John Cartwright, Andrew Ettingshausen, Ricky Stuart; Goals: Tim Brasher (2/3), Rod Wishart (0/1)
QLD 4 Goals: Mal Meninga (2/2)
Man of the match: Ricky Stuart

1993
NSW won 2-1

GAME 1
QLD 10 Tries: Willie Carne, Bob Lindner; Goals: Mal Meninga (1/3)
NSW 14 Tries: Ricky Stuart, Rod Wishart; Goals: Rod Wishart (3/4)
Man of the match: Ricky Stuart

GAME 2
NSW 16 Tries: Laurie Daley, Brad MacKay, Rod Wishart; Goals: Rod Wishart (2/3)
QLD 12 Tries: Mal Meninga, Kevin Walkter; Goals: Adrian Brunker (1/3), Dale Shearer (1/1)
Man of the match: Tim Brasher

GAME 3
QLD 24 Tries: Willie Carne (2), Bob Lindner, Steve Walters; Goals: Mal Meninga (2/3), Julian O’Neil (2/2)
NSW 12 Tries: Andrew Ettingshausen, Paul Harrogan; Goals: Rod Wishart (2/3)
Man of the match: Dale Shearer

1994
NSW won 2-1

GAME 1
NSW 12 Tries: Paul Harrogan, Brad MacKay; Goals: Graham MacKay (1/1), Rod Wishart (1/1)
QLD 16 Tries: Willie Carne, Mark Coyne, Julian O’Neil; Goals: Mal Meninga (2/2), Julian O’Neil (0/2)
Man of the match: Willie Carne

GAME 2
NSW 14 Tries: Glenn Lazarus, Paul McGregor; Goals: Tim Brasher (3/4)
QLD 0
Man of the match: Paul Harrogan

GAME 3
QLD 12 Tries: Andrew Gee, Steve Renouf; Goals: Julian O’Neil (2/2)
NSW 27 Tries: Bradley Clyde, Laurie Daley, Brad Fittler, Brett Mullins; Goals: Tim Brasher (4/5); Field Goals: Ben Elias (2), Brad Fittler
Man of the match: Ben Elias

1995
QLD won 3-0

GAME 1
NSW 0
QLD 2 Goals: Wayne Bartrim (1/1)
Man of the match: Gary Larson

GAME 2
NSW 12 Tries: Brett Rodwell, Jim Serdaris; Goals: Rod Wishart (2)
QLD 20 Tries: Mark Coyne, Brett Dallas, Adrian Lam; Goals: Wayne Bartrim (4)
Man of the match: Jason Smith

GAME 3
QLD 24 Tries: Brett Dallas, Ben Ikin, Danny Moore, Jason Smith; Goals: Wayne Bartrim (4)
NSW 16 Tries: Tim Brasher, Adam Muir, Rod Wishart; Goals: Rod Wishart (2)
Man of the match: Adrian Lam

1996
NSW won 3-0

GAME 1
QLD 6 Tries: Allan Langer; Goals: Wayne Bartrim (1/1)
NSW Tries: Andrew Ettingshausen, Steve Menzies; Goals: Andres Johns (3/3), Rod Wishart (0/1)
Man of the match: Geoff Toovey

GAME 2
NSW 18 Tries: Brett Mullins (2), Rod Wishart; Goals: Andrew Johns (3/7)
QLD 6 Tries: Steve Runoff; Goals: Julian O’Neill
Man of the match: Andrew Johns

GAME 3
QLD 14 Tries: Mark Coyne, Brett Dallas; Goals: Willie Carne (3/3)
NSW 15 Tries: Andrew Ettingshausen, Brett Mullins; Goals: Rod Wishart (2/2), Andrew Johns (1/1); Field Goal: Brad Fittler
Man of the match: Steve Menzies

1997
NSW won 2-1

GAME 1
QLD 6 Tries: Adrian Lam; Goals: Wayne Bartrim (1)
NSW 8 Tries: Paul McGregor; Goals: Andrew Johns (1), Rod Wishart (1)
Man of the match: Geoff Toovey

GAME 2
NSW 15 Tries: Jim Dymock, Nik Kosef, Ken McGuinness; Goals: Ken Simon (1); Field Goal: Ken Simon
QLD 14 Tries: Brett Dallas, Robbie O’Davis, Matt Sing; Goals: Julian O’Neill (1)
Man of the match: Paul McGregor

GAME 3
NSW 12 Tries: Jamie Ainscough, Andrew Johns; Goals: Andrew Johns (1), John Simon (1)
QLD 18 Tries: Mark Coyne, Ben Ikin, Julian O’Neill; Goals: Julian O’Neill
Man of the match: Gary Larson

1998
QLD won 2-1

GAME 1
NSW 23 Tries: Tim Brasher, Laurie Daley, Brad Fittler, Steve Menzies, Rod Wishart; Goals: Andrew Johns (1); Field Goal: Andrew Johns
QLD 24 Tries: Tonie Carroll, Allan Langer, Steve Price, Kevin Walters; Goals: Darren Lockyer (4)
Man of the match: Allan Langer

GAME 2
QLD 10 Tries: Wendell Sailor, Matt Sing; Goals: Darren Lockyer (1)
NSW 26 Tries: Paul McGregor (2), Tim Brasher, Brad Fittler, Adam MacDougall; Goals: Andrew Johns (3)
Man of the match: Rodney Howe

GAME 3
NSW 4 Tries: Ken McGuinness
QLD 19 Tries: Ben Ikin, Allan Langer, Kevin Walters; Goals: Darren Lockyer (2), Robbie O’Davis (1); Field Goal: Jason Smith
Man of the match: Shane Webcke

1999
Series drawn

GAME 1
QLD 9 Goals: Mat Rogers (4); Field Goal: Mat Rogers
NSW 8 Tries: Anthony Mundine; Goals: Ryan Girdler (2)
Man of the match: Jason Hetherington

GAME 2
NSW 12 Tries: Laurie Daley, Robbie Ross; Goals: Ryan Girdler (2)
QLD 8 Tries: Mat Rogers; Goals: Mat Rogers (2)
Man of the match: Laurie Daley

GAME 3
QLD 10 Tries: Paul Green, Darren Lockyer; Goals: Darren Lockyer (1)
NSW 10 Tries: Matt Geyer (2); Goals: Ryan Girdler (1)

2000
NSW won 3-0

GAME 1
NSW 20 Tries: Adam MacDougall (2), Ryan Girdler, David Peachey; Goals: Ryan Girdler (2)
QLD 16 Tries: Adrian Lam (2), Mat Rogers; Goals: Darren Lockyer (1), Mat Rogers (1)
Man of the match: Adam MacDougall

GAME 2
QLD 10 Tries: Gorden Tallis; Goals: Mat Rogers (3)
NSW 28 Tries: Brad Fittler, David Furner, Ryan Girdler, Scott Hill, Shaun Timmins; Goals: Ryan Girdler (4)
Man of the match: Tim Brasher

GAME 3
NSW 56 Tries: Ryan Girdler (3), Matthew Gidley (2), Bryan Fletcher, Andrew Johns, Adam Muir, Adam MacDougall; Goals: Ryan Girdler (10)
QLD 16 Tries: Mat Rogers, Darren Smith, Gorden Tallis; Goals: Mat Rogers (2)
Man of the match: Ryan Girdler

2001
QLD won 2-1

GAME 1
QLD 34 Tries: John Buttigieg, John Doyle, Darren Lockyer, Darren Smith, Chris Walker, Carl Webb; Goals, Darren Lockyer (5)
NSW 16 Tries: Trent Barrett, Brad Fittler, Matthew Gidley; Goals: Michael De Vere
Man of the match: Gorden Tallis

GAME 2
NSW 26 Tries: Brad Fittler (2), Jamie Ainscough, Trent Barrett, Luke Ricketson; Goals: Ryan Girdler (3)
QLD 8 Tries: Chris Walker; Goals: Darren Lockyer (2)
Man of the match: Trent Barrett

GAME 3
QLD 40 Tries: Paul Bowman (2), Darren Lockyer (2), Chris Walker (2), Dane Carlaw, Allan Langer; Goals: Darren Lockyer (4)
NSW 14 Tries: Ryan Girdler (2); Goals: Ryan Girdler (3)
Man of the match: Darren Lockyer

2002
Series drawn

GAME 1
NSW 32 Tries: Matthew Gidley, Brett Hodgson, Andrew Johns, Jamie Lyon, Timana Tahu; Goals: Andrew Johns (4), Brett Hodgson (1)
QLD 4 Tries: Lote Tuqiri
Man of the match: Andrew Johns

GAME 2
QLD 26 Tries: Lote Tuqiri (3), Dane Carlaw, Gorden Tallis; Goals: Lote Tuqiri (3)
NSW 18 Tries: Braith Anasta, Luke Ricketson, Shaun Timmins; Goals: Andrew Johns (3)
Man of the match: Chris McKenna

GAME 3
NSW 18 Tries: Jason Moodie (2), Steve Menzies; Goals: Andrew Johns (3)
QLD 18 Tries: Shaun Berrigan, Dane Carlaw, Lote Tuqiri, Shane Webcke; Goals: Lote Tuqiri (1)
Man of the match: Allan Langer

2003
NSW won 2-1

GAME 1
QLD 12 Tries: Darren Lockyer, Gorden Tallis; Goals: Darren Lockyer (2)
NSW 25 Tries: Anthony Minnichiello (2), Andrew Johns, Craig Wing; Goals: Andrew Johns (4); Field Goal: Andrew Johns
Man of the match: Luke Bailey

GAME 2
NSW 27 Tries: Timana Tahu (2), Matthew Gidley, Ben Kennedy, Anthony Minnichiello; Goals: Andrew Johns (3); Field Goal: Andrew Johns
QLD 4 Tries: Michael Crocker
Man of the match: Andrew Johns

GAME 3
QLD 36 Tries: Matt Sing (3), Brent Tate (2), Michael Crocker, Cameron Smith; Goals: Josh Hannay (4)
NSW 6 Tries: Timana Tahu; Goals: Andrew Johns (1)
Man of the match: Matt Sing

2004
NSW won 2-1

GAME 1
NSW 9 Tries: Shaun Timmins; Goals: Craig Fitzgibbon (2), Field Goal: Shaun Timmins
QLD 8 Tries: Scott Prince, Brent Tate
Man of the match: Shaun Timmins

GAME 2
QLD 22 Tries: Billy Slater (2), Dane Carlaw, Willie Tonga; Goals: Cameron Smith (2), Scott Prince (1)
NSW 18 Tries: Timana Tahu (2), Luke Rooney; Goals: Craig Fitzgibbon (3)

GAME 3
NSW 36 Tries: Mark Gasnier (2), Trent Barrett, Brad Fittler, Anthony Minnichiello, Luke Rooney; Goals: Craig Fitzgibbon (5), Mark Gasnier (1)
QLD 14 Tries: Matt Bowen, Billy Slater; Goals: Cameron Smith (3)
Man of the match: Craig Fitzgibbon

2005
NSW won 2-1

GAME 1
QLD 24 Tries: Matt Bowen, Michael Crocker, Ty Williams; Goals: Cameron Smith (5); Field Goals: Darren Lockyer, Johnathan Thurston
NSW 20 Tries: Danny Buderus, Craig Fitzgibbon, Mark Gasnier, Luke Rooney; Goals: Craig Fitzgibbon (2)
Man of the match: Steve Price

GAME 2
NSW 32 Tries: Anthony Minnichiello (2), Danny Buderus, Matt Cooper, Steve Menzies; Goals: Craig Fitzgibbon (3), Andrew Johns (3)
QLD 22 Tries: Matt Bowen, Petero Civoniceva, Billy Slater, Brad Thorn; Goals: Cameron Smith (3)
Man of the match: Andrew Johns

GAME 3
QLD 10 Tries: Matt Bowen, Johnathan Thurston; Goals: Cameron Smith (1)
NSW 32 Tries: Matt King (3), Braith Anasta, Mark Gasnier, Timana Tahu; Goals: Craig Fitzgibbon (1), Andrew Johns (3)
Man of the match: Anthony Minnichiello

2006
QLD won 2-1

GAME 1
NSW 17 Tries: Brett Finch, Matt King, Willie Mason; Goals: Brett Hodgson (2); Field Goal: Brett Finch
QLD 16 Tries: Greg Inglis (2), Steve Bell; Johnathan Thurston (2)
Man of the match: Willie Mason

GAME 2
QLD 30 Tries: Adam Mogg (2), Shaun Berrigan, Justin Hodges, Carl Webb; Goals: Johnathan Thurston (5)
NSW 6 Tries: Timana Tahu; Goals: Brett Hodgson (1)
Man of the match: Darren Lockyer

GAME 3
NSW 14 Tries: Eric Grothe Jr (2), Matt King; Goals: Brett Hodgson (1)
QLD 16 Tries: Darren Lockyer, Adam Mogg, Brent Tate; Goals: Clinton Schifcofske (2)
Man of the match: Brent Tate

2007
QLD won 2-1

GAME 1
QLD 25 Tries: Greg Inglis (2), Darren Lockyer, Steve Price; Goals: Johnathan Thurston (4), Field Goal: Johnathan Thurston
NSW 18 Tries: Matt Cooper, Jarryd Hayne, Nathan Hindmarsh; Jamie Lyon (3)
Man of the match: Johnathan Thurston

GAME 2
NSW 6 Tries: Brett Stewart; Goals: Jamie Lyon (1)
QLD 10 Tries: Steve Bell, Greg Inglis; Goals: Johnathan Thurston (1)
Man of the match: Cameron Smith

GAME 3
QLD 4 Tries: Justin Hodges
NSW 18 Tries: Hazem El Masri, Jarryd Hayne, Matt King; Goals: Hazem El Masri (3)
Man of the match: Greg Bird

2008
QLD won 2-1

GAME 1
NSW 18 Tries: Anthony Quinn (2), Anthony Laffranchi, Brett Stewart; Goals: Craig Fitzgibbon (1)
QLD 10 Tries: Israel Folau, Brent Tate; Goals: Johnathan Thurston (1)
Man of the match: Greg Bird

GAME 2
QLD 30 Tries: Darius Boyd (2), Israel Folau, Ben Hannant; Goals: Johnathan Thurston (7)
NSW 0
Man of the match: Greg Inglis

GAME 3
NSW 10 Tries: Matt Cooper; Goals: Craig Fitzgibbon (3)
QLD 16 Tries: Israel Folau (2), Billy Slater; Goals: Johnathan Thurston (2)
Man of the match: Israel Folau

2009
QLD won 2-1

GAME 1
QLD 28 Tries: Greg Inglis (2), Darius Boyd, Billy Slater, Johnathan Thurston; Goals: Johnathan Thurston (4)
NSW 18 Tries: Ben Creagh, Jarryd Hayne, Craig Wing; Goals: Kurt Gidley (3)
Man of the match: Johnathan Thurston

GAME 2
NSW 14 Tries: Jarryd Hayne (2), David Williams; Goals: Kurt Gidley (1)
QLD 24 Tries: Israel Folau, Greg Inglis, Darren Lockyer, Cameron Smith; Goals: Johnathan Thurston (4)
Man of the match: Sam Thaiday

GAME 3
QLD 16 Tries: Justin Hodges, Dallas Johnson, Billy Slater; Goals: Johnathan Thurston (2)
NSW 28 Tries: Ben Creagh (2), Josh Morris, David Williams; Goals: Michael Ennis (3), Kurt Gidley (3)
Man of the match: Anthony Watmough

2010
QLD won 3-0

GAME 1
NSW 24 Tries: Ben Creagh, Jarryd Hayne, Jamal Idris, Anthony Watmough; Goals: Jamie Lyon (4)
QLD 28 Tries: Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis Darren Lockyer, Billy Slater Sam Thaiday; Goals: Johnathan Thurston (4)
Man of the match: Johnathan Thurston

GAME 2
QLD 34 Tries: Israel Folau (2), Darius Boyd, Cooper Cronk, Greg Inglis, Willie Tonga; Goals: Johnathan Thurston (5)
NSW 6 Tries: Brett White; Goals: Michael Ennis (1)
Man of the match: Darren Lockyer

GAME 3
NSW 18 Tries: Greg Bird, Paul Gallen, Kurt Gidley; Goals: Michael Gordon (3)
QLD 23 Tries: Darius Boyd, Nate Myles, Billy Slater, Willie Tonga; Goals: Johnathan Thurston (3); Field Goal: Darren Lockyer

2011
QLD won 2-1

GAME 1
QLD 16 Tries: Billy Slater, Johnathan Thurston, Jharal Yow Yeh; Goals: Johnathan Thurston (2)
NSW 12 Tries: Michael Jennings, Mitchell Pearce; Goals: Jamie Soward (2)
Man of the match: Cameron Smith

GAME 2
NSW 18 Tries: Will Hopoate, Luke Lewis, Anthony Minnichiello; Goals: Jamie Soward (3)
QLD 8 Tries: Cameron Smith; Goals: Johnathan Thurston (2)
Man of the match: Paul Gallen

GAME 3
QLD 34 Tries: Greg Inglis (2), Billy Slater, Cameron Smith, Sam Thaiday, Jharal Yow Yeh; Johnathan Thurston (4), Cameron Thurston (1)
NSW 24 Tries: Greg Bird, Jarryd Hayne, Anthony Minnichiello, Akuila Uate; Goals: Jamie Soward (4)
Man of the match: Cameron Smith

2012
QLD won 2-1

GAME 1
NSW 10 Tries: Michael Jennings, Akuila Uate; Goals: Todd Carney (1)
QLD 18 Tries: Darius Boyd (2), Greg Inglis; Goals: Johnathan Thurston (3)

GAME 2
NSW 16 Tries: Brett Stewart (2), Josh Morris; Goals: Todd Carney (2)
QLD 12 Tries: Ben Hannant, Greg Inglis; Goals: Johnathan Thurston (2)

GAME 3
QLD 21 Tries: Darius Boyd, Justin Hodges, Johnathan Thurston; Goals: Johnathan Thurston (4); Field Goal: Cooper Cronk
NSW 20 Tries: Brett Morris, Josh Morris, Brett Stewart; Goals: Todd Carney

State of Origin Articles

My neck is on the chopping block: Daley

by , 29 Jul 2016

Laurie Daley is undecided as to whether he wants to coach NSW beyond 2017, but accepts the choice will be made for him if he can’t lead the Blues to State of Origin success next year.

The case for an AFL All-Star Game

The case for an AFL All-Star Game

by , 28 Jul 2016

State of Origin is dead, buried and cremated in the AFL, and for good reason. But that doesn’t mean representative football as a concept should be.

State of Origin in Perth makes zero sense

State of Origin in Perth makes zero sense

by , 25 Jul 2016

If what has been reported is true and the NRL takes a State of Origin match to Perth in 2019, then they should explain to rugby league fans the merit of taking one of rugby league’s showpieces away from Sydney and Brisbane to a city where there isn’t an NRL team.

Woodsy’s Origin celebration fail will never be forgotten

Woodsy’s Origin celebration fail will never be forgotten

by , 20 Jul 2016

Aaron Woods knows he will probably never live down his comical post-try celebration fail in NSW’s State of Origin III victory.

CRAIG WING: New South Wales need execution to match their energy

CRAIG WING: New South Wales need execution to match their energy

by , 20 Jul 2016

I loved the way the Blues entered Origin 3 at ANZ Stadium, wanting to throw the ball around.

No special treatment for banned Maroons youngsters

by , 19 Jul 2016

Their ban may have been lifted but Queensland’s misbehaving Emerging Maroons won’t find it any easier to earn State of Origin selection next year.

The future of NSW Origin

The future of NSW Origin

by , 19 Jul 2016

As a proud Queenslander, I have attempted to look into NSW’s Origin side in the years to come. It’s open to discussion, so leave a comment down below about any changes you’d make.

It’s all Gal’s fault: QRL boss blames Blues skipper for bad blood

by , 18 Jul 2016

Blame Paul Gallen’s NSW captaincy for State of Origin tensions reaching a new low, Queensland Rugby League boss Peter Betros says.

Only 315 days to go! Irresponsibly early Origin predictions

Only 315 days to go! Irresponsibly early Origin predictions

by , 18 Jul 2016

Making predictions without the benefit of form, injury and players’ scheduled court appearances is fraught with foolishness, but let’s give it a crack anyway. After all, there are only around 315 sleeps until Origin 1 2017!

One-horse town: Why the underachieving Broncos can scream Blue murder

One-horse town: Why the underachieving Broncos can scream Blue murder

by , 18 Jul 2016

As official ruler of the unofficial capital of rugby league, the Brisbane Broncos know silver service. And despite an abundance of NRL luxuries, the competition’s glamour club still unashamedly demands red carpet access to end its longest title drought.


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