Posts Tagged "State Of Origin"

Your correspondent is as big a proponent of international rugby league as you ever will find but to suggest that Test football has already supplanted Origin from a popular Australian perspective is simply laughable.

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What an age we live in. There was much to enjoy in this week’s first State of Origin clash.

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The 2015 State of Origin series marks the 35th anniversary of what many have labelled as the pinnacle of Australian sport.

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Going into Wednesday night’s State of Origin opener it was common knowledge that if the Blues lost, it would be blamed on one man and one man only – Blues five-eighth Mitchell Pearce.

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Match-winner Cooper Cronk has challenged NSW to lift for the second Origin bout at the MCG, declaring Queensland’s superior game management got them home in Sydney.

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NSW Blues and Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah is in doubt for State of Origin Game 2 with a shoulder injury suffered in Origin 1 last night.

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After finally breaking their duck last year and winning a series for the first time since Twitter and Facebook has been around, the Blues produced yet another ‘so close but yet so far’ performance.

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Last year, Cooper Cronk showed his worth by not being there come Origin time. This year, he has already reminded us of just how well he controls a game.

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We’ve got two choices. Either keep whinging about referees getting it wrong or allow them to use technology to get it right.

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Sam Thaiday best summed up Queensland’s 11-10 win over NSW in Origin 1 at ANZ Stadium last night, “I’m absolutely knackered after that, we busted our guts out there”.

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Queensland won the first State of Origin game 11-10 with a unique blend of fear, surprise and ruthless efficiency.

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The tribalism of rugby league’s showpiece event, State of Origin, is one of the most enduring success stories in Australian sport. And it’s without doubt unique to the code.

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Game 1 of State of Origin was a grinding affair with the closest of margins determining the result. But rather than the Maroons pushing to extremes to secure a victory, it was more a case of NSW ineptitude handing the game to Queensland.

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It was a tale of two halves at ANZ Stadium – but not in the way you may think. While the Blues halves pairing dominated the talk in the lead-up to the game, instead it was halftime that was the most crucial factor in the outcome.

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While the first half was tinged heavily blue, the second was awash with Maroon. The Cockroaches may have got the best of the first half, but the Cane Toads came home in the second in all-too-familiar fashion for NSW supporters.

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Despite NSW coach Laurie Daley’s assurances, halves Mitchell Pearce and Trent Hodkinson say they expect to come under scrutiny ahead of the second State of Origin clash.

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Despite making an enormous contribution for New South Wales in State of Origin Game 1, including a couple of massive efforts with the boot, there’s a real possibility the only thing Josh Dugan will be remembered for is missing an all-important field goal.

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They were derided as “Dad’s Army” in the build up, but Queensland captain Cameron Smith says their nail-biting win in the State of Origin opener is proof there is no substitute for experience.

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In the end, it came down to composure. Queensland had plenty when it counted and it was champion No.7 Cooper Cronk who landed the telling blow with a field goal six minutes from fulltime to help the Maroons to a thrilling 11-10 win in the State of Origin opener at ANZ Stadium.

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So much for the end of an era. Queensland coach Mal Meninga laughed off criticism of his veteran side after they again turned back the clock to seal an 11-10 win in the State of Origin opener in Sydney on Wednesday night.

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