Origin match-winner who never played again (2022)

More than 70 players have appeared in just a single State of Origin match. For some, it was the pinnacle of their career, while for others, it's a match they'd prefer to forget, despite the fact simply pulling on a State of Origin jumper puts them amongst the game's elite. Here are some of the stories behind those players who found their State of Origin careers over after just one night.

By Brett Graham|12:35am Jul 13, 2022

Topics:

  • State Of Origin
  • Jarrod Mullen
  • John Hopoate
  • Corey Norman
  • Jamie Buhrer
  • Ethan Lowe
  • Matt Ballin

Origin match-winner who never played again (1)

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David Peachey

David Peachey scored the match-winning try in his only State of Origin appearance, at Stadium Australia in Game One of the 2000 series.

In a controversial match, the Maroons had Gorden Tallis sent off by referee Bill Harrigan for dissent, after it appeared both David Furner and Terry Hill had knocked on in the lead up to a Ryan Girdler try that levelled the scores with just nine minutes remaining. Tallis was marched after allegedly calling Harrigan a "f---ing cheat".

With just four minutes left on the clock, Peachey crossed out wide to give New South Wales a 20-16 victory.

But a hamstring injury ruled Peachey out of Games Two and Three, with his replacement, Tim Brasher, turning in a Man of the Match performance in the Blues' 28-10 win at Suncorp Stadium in the second match.

Peachey remained at Cronulla until 2005 before a season with Widnes.

He returned to the NRL for two seasons with Souths, hanging up the boots at the end of the 2007 season.

Origin match-winner who never played again (2)

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Matt Ballin

Matt Ballin was unfortunate to play in the same era as Cameron Smith, but he did get one appearance for the Maroons, in Game One of the 2010 series at ANZ Stadium.

With Smith out with an elbow injury, Ballin started at hooker in Queensland's 28-24 win, the first time Queensland had won a series-opener at Homebush.

There was never any doubt however, that once Smith was fit again he'd reclaim the No.9 jersey, and so Ballin's Origin career was done.

Voted the 'Sexiest Man in League' in 2008, Ballin enjoyed success at Manly, playing in the club's 2008 and 2011 premiership wins.

Late in the 2015 season, he ruptured his ACL in what would be the last of his 217 games for Manly.

He suffered another season-ending ACL injury in 2016 when playing for the Wests Tigers, and announced his immediate retirement midway through 2017.

Origin match-winner who never played again (3)

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Phil Duke

Phil Duke, pictured at the SCG prior to his only State of Origin match in 1982, was picked for the Blues straight from the Moree Boomerangs, having not previously played first grade.

Picked on the wing for the deciding third game of the series, Duke scored a try in the first half, but it's his performance in the second half that has gone down in Origin folklore.

With the Maroons clinging to a two-point lead, Blues fullback Phil Sigsworth tried to pass to Duke in his own in-goal. Duke fumbled the ball, watching in horror as Wally Lewis pounced to score a simple try.

Duke never played another Origin match.

"I've forgotten about it - I wish you would," he told media years later.

Duke eventually came to Sydney, playing two seasons for Western Suburbs in 1987-88.

Origin match-winner who never played again (4)

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Jarrod Mullen

Jarrod Mullen played his only State of Origin match as a 20-year-old in Game One of the 2007 series.

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Having played just nine first grade matches at halfback prior to his Origin selection, and 31 matches in all, he was something of a bolter.

In a match where New South Wales had an 18-6 lead at Suncorp Stadium, the Maroons staged one of their famous Origin comebacks to win 25-18.

Mullen's axing for Brett Kimmorley meant New South Wales used four halfbacks in the space of four games, having also tried Brett Finch and Craig Gower.

Despite appearing in more than 200 first grade games for Newcastle up until 2016, he never again donned the Blues jumper.

Mullen made headlines after testing positive to anabolic steroids in the 2016-17 off-season, and in 2019 pleaded guilty to a charge of supplying cocaine.

But the most serious incident was a 2018 drug overdose which he says he was lucky to survive.

"When Mum and Dad got home four hours later I was unresponsive, grey, choking. If I was living by myself, I'd be dead," he told the Sydney Morning Herald in 2020.

"I knew I was taking hardcore drugs, but I still didn't think I had a problem, which is amazing. It's insane."

Mullen now has a TAFE qualification in drug and alcohol counselling.

"I don't want a sob story. I'm taking full responsibility for the road I went down," he said.

"But I know I'm a good person."

Origin match-winner who never played again (5)

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Scott Sattler

Scott Sattler is perhaps more famous in State of Origin circles for being dropped, than being picked.

Named on the bench for Game Two of the 2003 series at Telstra Stadium, Sattler shared the dummy-half duties with fellow debutant Michael Crocker, as the Blues wrapped up the series with a 27-4 win.

Despite assurances from coach Wayne Bennett that he'd played well on debut, Sattler found himself out of the squad for the final match of the series three weeks later.

His replacement was a 20-year-old from Melbourne named Cameron Smith, who went on to re-write the rugby league history books.

"Cameron Smith doesn't realise what an important role I played in his life. I think he's ignored that," Sattler joked to the QRL in 2020.

"I am still really proud. I was 31 and playing one Origin was like playing 10 for me."

Sattler's 2003 season is perhaps better remembered for his try-saving cover tackle on Roosters winger Todd Byrne in Penrith's grand final win. After a season with Wests Tigers in 2004 he retired, before being appointed football manager at the Gold Coast Titans.

Origin match-winner who never played again (6)

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Jamie Buhrer

Jamie Buhrer was picked on the bench for the opening game of the 2012 series at Etihad Stadium, but New South Wales coach Ricky Stuart gave him just seven minutes of game time.

The utility then found himself dumped for Game Two, never to pull on the NSW jersey again.

"It was an emotional rollercoaster," he told NRL.com in 2020.

"I'd had a good couple of seasons and was picked off the back of some good footy. I'd played a bit of hooker throughout that season and was picked as the utility to spell Robbie Farah if he blew out or if any of our back-rowers needed a break.

"It turned out that Farah and our big men rolled out some big minutes so I was grateful to Ricky that he got me on.

"I wasn't really surprised when Ricky called me to say I wasn't in the 17 for Game Two. I'm not going to lie, I would've liked a few more minutes or another game, but I got on the field so for that I'm grateful."

A member of Manly's 2011 premiership-winning side, Buhrer spent seven seasons with the Sea Eagles, before moving to Newcastle to finish his career.

Buhrer retired from the game at the end of the 2019 season, and is now the RLPA player operations manager.

Origin match-winner who never played again (7)

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John Hopoate

John Hopoate, pictured here playing for Manly, played his only State of Origin match in Game Two of the 1995 series at the MCG.

That match saw the Paul Vautin-coached Queensland team score a 20-12 victory to take an unlikely 2-0 series lead, in a year when Super-League aligned players weren't considered for selection.

Hopoate was involved in an all-in brawl that broke out just minutes into the game, facing up to Manly teammate Danny Moore.

Replaced by North Sydney winger David Hall for Game III, Hopoate's Origin career was done at the age of 21.

But he was never far from the headlines. During his stint for the Wests Tigers, he was suspended for 12 weeks for inserting his finger into the backsides of several North Queensland players, described by the judiciary as "disgusting, violent, offensive behaviour".

While playing for Manly in 2003, Hopoate used a false name to play fifth-grade rugby union, while in 2005 he was suspended for 17 weeks after knocking out Keith Galloway. He was later banned for 12 months for threatening an official at a junior rugby league match.

Post-football, he became the Australian heavyweight boxing champion in 2008. In 2019, he was knocked out in the second round of a bout with Paul Gallen.

Origin match-winner who never played again (8)

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Terry Campese

Terry Campese, played his sole State of Origin match for New South Wales at Docklands Stadium in Game One, 2009.

At the time he was the reigning Dally M five-eighth of the year, and had played a single game for Australia at the 2008 World Cup.

Queensland's 28-12 win in the opening match of the 2009 series meant New South Wales swung the axe for Game Two, and Campese was a victim, replaced by Trent Barrett.

A horror run with injuries in subsequent years left him with little chance of regaining his spot. The final match of the 2010 season saw him suffer a knee injury that sidelined him for nine months, while his 2011 season lasted just eight minutes when he badly tore his groin in his first game back from the knee reconstruction.

His 2012 season was over by April, when he again tore the ACL in his left knee.

Dumped to NSW Cup by Canberra coach Ricky Stuart in 2014, he finished his career in England.

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Origin match-winner who never played again (9)

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Michael Buettner

Michael Buettner, pictured here playing for North Sydney, played his one State of Origin game off the bench in Game Three, 1997 at the Sydney Football Stadium.

That match, won 18-12 by Queensland, was a dead rubber, with NSW having already wrapped up the series, in a year when the competition was split into two by the Super League war.

In 1998, despite scoring a club-record 21 tries for North Sydney, the reunification of the competition meant Buettner was squeezed out of the NSW side.

He played a grand final for Parramatta in 2001, and finished his career with the Wests Tigers in 2004.

After retiring from the game, he spent seven years as the NRL's match review co-ordinator, and he's currently the Australian Oztag director of coaching.

Origin match-winner who never played again (10)

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Owen Cunningham

Owen Cunningham's single State of Origin match came in Game Three of the 1996 series at Suncorp Stadium, a match that saw New South Wales secure a 3-0 clean sweep.

Part of Manly's premiership-winning side in 1996, Cunningham spent 16 seasons in the top grade.

His Origin career, however, came to an abrupt halt after 1996, when he joined the rebel Super League competition for 1997.

Despite being North Queensland's player of the year in 1997, he, along with all Super League players, was ineligible for Origin selection.

His sole Origin match ended in heartbreak for Queensland, with New South Wales winning 15-14, after the Maroons had a try disallowed with just 28 seconds left on the clock.

Origin match-winner who never played again (11)

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John Lang (left)

John Lang (left), pictured with Arthur Beetson prior to the first ever State of Origin match in 1980, actually played for both New South Wales and Queensland that season.

As a Sydney-based player, Lang lined up at hooker for New South Wales in the interstate match against Queensland at Leichhardt Oval in May. Six weeks later, in the very first State of Origin match, he was part of the Queensland team that downed the Blues 20-10 at Lang Park.

Lang's final match as a player was in the 1980 Grand Final at the SCG, when his Eastern Suburbs side went down to Canterbury 18-4.

Turning to coaching the next year with Easts in the Brisbane comp, he took Cronulla to the 1997 Super League grand final, and was at the helm when Penrith took out the 2003 NRL title.

Origin match-winner who never played again (12)

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Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon played one State of Origin match for New South Wales, in Game Three 2010, as Queensland completed a clean-sweep of that year's series.

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Playing on the wing, Gordon kicked three goals at ANZ Stadium, in the 23-18 loss.

An Origin debutant at 26, just six years earlier he'd been working two jobs, surfing, and playing local football on the weekend, before a move to the Queensland Cup saw him spotted by John Lang, who signed him for Penrith.

The 2010 season was very much a breakout year for Gordon, who played every match for Penrith, and finished as the NRL's leading pointscorer.

Cruel luck was to strike the following year, when he injured his knee the week before the State of Origin side was picked, ruling him out for the rest of the season.

A broken leg in the opening round of the 2012 season compounded his misery. He became something of a nomad after that, with stints at Cronulla, Parramatta, the Roosters and Gold Coast before retiring in 2019.

Origin match-winner who never played again (13)

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Keith Galloway

Another who played his only State of Origin match in Game Three of a series, Keith Galloway ran out for the Blues at Suncorp Stadium in 2011.

Selected on the bench, Galloway didn't see a lot of time on the field in a match more notable for the fact it was the final Origin game for Darren Lockyer, as Queensland's 34-24 win gave them a sixth straight series win.

Galloway suffered a toe injury early in 2012 which prevented him from pressing for Origin selection, and a torn pec in the second round of the 2013 season meant another long stint on the sideline.

He remained with Wests Tigers until 2015, before spending three seasons in England.

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Tom Raudonikis

Tom Raudonikis, pictured during his time as New South Wales coach in 1997, played one State of Origin match in 1980.

A fixture in New South Wales teams through the 1970s, Raudonikis captained the Blues in the inaugural Origin match at Lang Park.

Despite being knocked out early in the match, Raudonikis scored a late try for the Blues, but it was to be his only Origin appearance as a player, as the much younger Steve Mortimer and Peter Sterling emerged to take New South Wales through the 1980s.

He did, however, coach the Blues in 1997-98, introducing the famous "cattledog" call, a signal for New South Wales players to start an all-in brawl.

"What it meant was to put a stink on when we're in trouble," Raudonikis said.

Game Three of the 1997 series saw perhaps the most famous "cattledog" brawl, which resulted in Andrew Johns being flattened by his opposite number, Jamie Goddard.

"Jamie Goddard's hit him with the best right hand you've ever seen and put him straight on his back," Raudonikis recalled with a smile.

Raudonikis took NSW to a 2-1 series win in 1997, but the result was reversed the following year, and he was replaced by Wayne Pearce for 1999.

Raudonikis died in April 2021, a week short of his 71st birthday.

Origin match-winner who never played again (15)

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Ethan Lowe

Ethan Lowe was called into the Queensland side for Game Three of the 2019 season, following an injury to Matt Gillett.

He was impressive on debut, playing the full 80 minutes and kicking four goals, despite the Maroons going down 26-20 in the series decider at ANZ Stadium.

"It's been a wild week. But it's probably one of the happiest and proudest days of my life even though we didn't get the result," Lowe said after his Origin debut.

"This is something that pretty much every Queenslander dreams of growing up – to wear this jersey. So to finally get the chance to do it is something very special – something I'll never forget."

With COVID-19 forcing the 2020 series into the post-season, Lowe never got another opportunity to don the Maroons jumper, announcing his immediate retirement late in the 2020 season due to chronic injuries.

A veteran of 143 first grade games, he played in North Queensland's 2015 premiership side.

Origin match-winner who never played again (16)

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Jamal Idris (right)

Jamal Idris, like Matt Ballin, played his only Origin match at ANZ Stadium in the opening match of the 2010 series.

Named the Dally M Rookie of the Year in 2009, Idris found himself lining up for New South Wales the following season.

But his Origin career was done after just one match, as New South Wales revamped its backline for Game Two. With Jarryd Hayne moving from wing to fullback, captain Kurt Gidley moved from fullback to the bench, leaving Idris as the 18th man.

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It wasn't the end of his representative career however, as he scored a try on debut for Australia in the 2011 ANZAC Test against New Zealand.

A move to Gold Coast in 2012 did nothing for his career, while he was hampered by a hamstring injury in 2013.

He re-joined the Panthers for 2014, but was stood down midway through the season to deal with personal issues, including depression and alcohol abuse.

He took a break from rugby league before signing with Wests Tigers for 2017, but he announced his retirement after suffering an ACL injury, at the age of just 27.

Origin match-winner who never played again (17)

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Arthur Beetson

Arthur Beetson is perhaps the most famous of the State of Origin one-gamers, having captained Queensland in the first Origin match in 1980.

Having played 18 matches for New South Wales whilst playing in the Sydney first-grade competition, Beetson's homecoming was one of the selling points of the first match at Lang Park.

"It was a thrill to play alongside Arthur, it was quite extraordinary," Queensland great Wally Lewis told Wide World of Sports in 2020.

"Arthur probably felt like he had a bunch of schoolboys around him. We were hanging off every word, and we asked him a few questions, but to be honest we were probably too embarrassed to ask a few more."

By 1981 Beetson had been appointed Queensland coach, a position he held until 1984, with the Maroons winning all three series under his leadership, as well as the one-off game in 1981.

He returned for another stint as coach in 1989-90, taking out the 1989 series 3-0 before going down 2-1 the following year.

In 2003 he was named as the seventh Immortal, and in 2008 he was selected in the Team of the Century.

He died in 2011 at the age of 66.

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Corey Norman

Corey Norman's turbulent career included an Origin debut in Game Three of the 2019 series at ANZ Stadium.

Norman started at five-eighth in the match, after Cameron Munster was moved to fullback in place of the injured Kalyn Ponga, as a 26-20 win saw New South Wales claim the series for the second straight year.

With Munster returning to five-eighth for the 2020 series, Norman was overlooked after a disappointing season for St George Illawarra.

Never far from controversy, Norman was suspended for eight weeks in 2016 after being found in possessions of drugs, while in 2019 a video emerged of Norman watching another man snorting cocaine.

In 2020, he was fined after he and former NRL player James Segeyaro were involved in a street brawl at Cronulla.

Origin match-winner who never played again (19)

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Hazem El-Masri during his only State of Origin match, at Suncorp Stadium in 2007.

An injury to Jamie Lyon opened the door for Hazem El-Masri to make his State of Origin debut at Suncorp Stadium in Game Three of the 2007 series, at the age of 31.

One of the all-time great goalkickers, he landed three conversions from the sideline, as well as scoring a try of his own as New South Wales scored an 18-4 win.

A former holder of the game's all-time points-scoring record, his 2418 points is second only to Cameron Smith, while his 342 points for Canterbury in 2004 remains a record for most points in a season.

He retired in 2009, having played 317 matches for the Bulldogs.

Origin match-winner who never played again (20)

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Dean Young

Initially selected on the bench, Dean Young started at hooker for Game One of the 2011 series at Suncorp Stadium, following in the footsteps of his father, Craig, who also played State of Origin.

His Origin debut came five years after he'd been the 18th man for the final game of the 2006 series.

The return from injury of the versatile Kurt Gidley saw Young squeezed out of the New South Wales side for Game Two, and just over a year later his career was finished, forced to retire at the age of just 28 due to a chronic knee injury.

A member of St George Illawarra's 2010 premiership-winning side, Young had a stint as the Dragons' caretaker coach in 2020 following the axing of Paul McGregor, only to be overlooked in favour of Anthony Griffin for the job on a permanent basis.

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FAQs

Who has won the most games in origin? ›

Of the 120 total State of Origin games played, Queensland has won 64 and New South Wales has claimed 54, with two matches being drawn.

What is the biggest win in Origin history? ›

Biggest Win
MarginScoreGame
4652-6Game 3, 2015
4450-6Game 1, 1989
Correct to Game 2, 2022 and excludes exhibition match

Who has the longest winning streak in State of Origin? ›

During the early years the overall series results remained relatively even, but Queensland surged ahead between 2006 and 2017, winning 11 out of 12 series, including a record eight series in a row.

Who won Origin last 10 years? ›

State of Origin Winners List
YearWinnerShield Holder
2016QueenslandQueensland
2015QueenslandQueensland
2014New South WalesNew South Wales
2013QueenslandQueensland
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Who is the highest try scorer in State of Origin? ›

State Of Origin - Records
Leading Try ScorersStateGM
Dane GagaiQLD22
Dale ShearerQLD26
Billy SlaterQLD31
Valentine HolmesQLD13
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Which player has played the most State of Origin? ›

Most State of Origin appearances
NameTeamGames
CAMERON SMITHQLD42
JOHNATHAN THURSTONQLD37
DARREN LOCKYERQLD36
ALAN LANGERQLD34
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How many times has NSW won at Suncorp? ›

History of games at Suncorp Stadium

They've won nearly twice as many games as their southern neighbours at Suncorp Stadium, with 37 to their name; in contrast, New South Wales have won 20 times there, while there has been one draw.

Who won the first State of Origin game? ›

Game I. Game One was a fiery encounter played at Sydney's Accor Stadium, and won by Queensland, 16-10. Blues centre Jack Wighton and Queensland five-eighth Cameron Munster produced performances of note, with the latter named Man of the Match.

What is the highest points scored in a NRL game? ›

Game Records
Highest Scores
TeamTeam
70MelbourneNew Zealand
68CanberraParramatta
68ParramattaWests
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Did NSW won 19 years in a row? ›

NSW State of Origin MATE!! i never knew we had 19 wins in a row, GO BLUES!

Who is the youngest NRL player ever? ›

Jordan Rankin created headlines in 2008 when he debuted for Gold Coast at age 16, well before NRL restrictions that made players wait until their 18th birthday.

How many origins have QLD won in a row? ›

It trumpeted, in giant letters “Benny (Elias) says we're a bunch of softies'' — and it hit the spot as Queensland roared to victory. That ammunition factory has long run out of bullets. When you have won eight series in a row no one calls you soft.

Who won State of Origin 2012? ›

Queensland

Who won State of Origin 2013? ›

Queensland won the State of Origin series by winning two of the three matches; thus stretching their record-breaking State of Origin winning streak to eight years and thus defending their shield. Cameron Smith won the Wally Lewis Medal for being the best player in the series.

Who won State of Origin 2011? ›

The series also marked Queensland skipper Darren Lockyer's final series, winning in his 36th and final State of Origin game.
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2011 State of Origin series
Won byQueensland (16th title)
Series margin2–1
Top points scorer(s)Johnathan Thurston – 20
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Who is the best tackler in NRL? ›

Alex Twal's teammates have started referring to him as “Terminator” after the Wests Tigers forward's latest robotic showing against the Parramatta Eels that solidified the 25-year-old as the most efficient tackler in the NRL.

Who has kicked the most field goals in NRL history? ›

Andrew Johns holds the NRL record for the most field goals in a career, a staggeringly high number of 20.

Who has the most try assists in NRL history? ›

Cody Walker

Does Origin have golden point? ›

The first golden point in State of Origin was scored in the 2004 series, when Shaun Timmins kicked a field goal for NSW to win the opening match of that series 9-8.

How do they pick State of Origin players? ›

Application must be made to the National Rugby League Chief Executive Officer who will facilitate a review of your circumstance and provide an eligibility outcome. It is important to note if you have played Origin at U18, U20 or Senior Origin, your State of eligibility is confirmed.

Who won the first State of Origin 1980? ›

Summary. The State of Origin is an annual rugby league series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons. This clip focuses on the first State of Origin game, held on 8 July 1980 at Lang Park in Brisbane. The Maroons won 20-10.

Who won State of Origin in 1994? ›

New South Wales

Who won State of Origin 3? ›

Full-time: Queensland 22-12 NSW

Queensland's miraculous Maroons have won the most brilliant of Origin deciders at Suncorp Stadium. That was the most thrilling sporting spectacle.

How many deciders have NSW won in Queensland? ›

There have been 21 Origin deciders. The Maroons have won 14, the NSW Blues have triumphed in just five and two have been drawn. Before the 2006 decider the Blues were on a three-series winning streak and Origin had been pronounced as “dead”.

Who won second State of Origin 2022? ›

The New South Wales Blues have claimed a 32-point victory over the Queensland Maroons in the second State of Origin contest of the 2022 series.

Who won QLD or NSW 2022? ›

Backs to the wall, ranks broken with injury and illness and still staggering after a walloping in game two, Queensland produced one of the great State of Origin boilovers, defeating New South Wales 22-12 in a brutal, brilliant decider at Suncorp before 52,385 fans.

Who won State of Origin 1981? ›

The 1981 State of Origin game was the second such match between arch rivals Queensland and New South Wales to be played under State of Origin selection rules. Again it was played as the third game of an already-decided 3-game series.
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New South Wales Team.
PositionPlayer
CoachTed Glossop
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Has there ever been a 0 0 NRL game? ›

1982. Newtown and Canterbury play out the only nil-all draw in first-grade premiership history. Henson Park became 'ground zero' as two teams packed with attacking talent failed to trouble the scorer.

Has there ever been a 0 0 in rugby league? ›

A 0-0 draw has happened at a higher club level, and twice in international matches - and once before in Coventry when an England rugby trial game back in the 1960s at Coundon Road was scoreless.

Who has the most wooden spoons in NRL? ›

The most National Rugby League Wooden Spoons won by a team is three by the South Sydney Rabbitohs, in 2003, 2004 and 2006.

How many origins have QLD won in a row? ›

It trumpeted, in giant letters “Benny (Elias) says we're a bunch of softies'' — and it hit the spot as Queensland roared to victory. That ammunition factory has long run out of bullets. When you have won eight series in a row no one calls you soft.

How many times has Qld won Origin 2022? ›

The 2022 State of Origin series was the 41st annual best-of-three series between the Queensland and New South Wales rugby league teams. Before this series, Queensland had won 22 times, NSW 16 times, with two series drawn.

Who will win Origin 2022? ›

New South Wales are favourites to win the 2022 State of Origin series after their 32-point blitz of Queensland in Game 2.

Who won Origin 2021? ›

The NSW Blues won the 2021 State of Origin series 2-1 after winning Game 1 50-6, Game 2 26-0 and losing Game 3 18-20.

Did NSW won 19 years in a row? ›

NSW State of Origin MATE!! i never knew we had 19 wins in a row, GO BLUES!

How many times has NSW won at Suncorp? ›

History of games at Suncorp Stadium

They've won nearly twice as many games as their southern neighbours at Suncorp Stadium, with 37 to their name; in contrast, New South Wales have won 20 times there, while there has been one draw.

What years did Qld win 8 in a row? ›

Queensland's eight-year reign between the 2006 and 2013 series is a period which few Rugby League fans will ever have trouble recalling – and one which skews the states' overall head-to-head record the way of the Maroons.

Who won the first State of Origin game? ›

The State of Origin is an annual rugby league series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons. This clip focuses on the first State of Origin game, held on 8 July 1980 at Lang Park in Brisbane. The Maroons won 20-10.

Who won the last State of Origin? ›

Queensland Maroons win State of Origin decider at Lang Park, beating NSW Blues 22-12.

Who won State of Origin 2019? ›

Before this series, Queensland had won 21 times, NSW 14 times, with two series drawn. For just the second time, a game was played away from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, with Game 2 played at Perth's Optus Stadium.
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Game III.
PR8Joe Ofahengaue
HK9Ben Hunt
PR10Josh Papalii
SR11Felise Kaufusi
SR18Ethan Lowe
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Who is favourite for State of Origin 2022? ›

State of Origin Odds – New South Wales are now the favourites to win the State of Origin series for 2022, despite Game 3 taking place at Queensland's own Suncorp Stadium.

Who won State of Origin 2022 Game 3? ›

Full-time: Queensland 22-12 NSW

Queensland's miraculous Maroons have won the most brilliant of Origin deciders at Suncorp Stadium.

Who got the Wally Lewis Medal 2022? ›

Bronco Patrick Carrigan wins the Wally Lewis Medal for Origin 2022 | Broncos.

Who won State of Origin 2020? ›

Queensland would go on to upset a highly fancied New South Wales side and win the series 2–1.
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2020 State of Origin series
Won byQueensland (22nd title)
Series margin2–1
Points scored110
Attendance110,585 (ave. 36,862 per match)
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Who won Origin 2018? ›

The 2018 series was won by New South Wales, after winning the first 2 games of the series, their first since 2014, and their second since 2005. The view of ANZ Stadium during Game II.

Who won 2017 State of Origin? ›

Queensland won their third consecutive series and their eleventh from the past twelve. New South Wales had decided on an unchanged team throughout the series, for the first time in at least twenty years.

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