QLD State of Origin Moments

There is extraordinary support in Queensland for State of Origin. Suncorp Stadium is an intimidating place for both NSW fans and players. Queensland has stamped their mark on the tournament, having won the first five series and experienced an 8 series streak from 2006-2013. Some of the greatest moments in history come from the rough and ready QLD side.

The Moment: Matt Bowen Intercept
The Match: Game 1, 2005
The Details: QLD had thrown away a 19-0 lead to be drawn 20-20 at full time, forcing the game into golden point. Matty Bowen was in the right spot at the right time to intercept a poor pass from Brett Kimmorley, which he happily accepted, charging off on a 30m run to the tryline to secure victory.

To this day, the pass haunts Kimmorley, who but for the that would have quite a shining Origin record.

The Moment: Carl Webb Makes His Mark
The Match: Game 1, 2001
The Details: Following an absolute thrashing at the hands of NSW during the 2000 series, QLD morale was not at its highest. Carl Webb had only made his NRL debut with the Broncos in 2000, and was yet to establish himself as a player of note.

With Queensland just hanging onto the lead, Carl Webb’s smashing run down the side clinched the game for the Maroons and threw Webb into the spotlight.

The Moment: Cooper Cronk Kicks Another
The Match: Game 3, 2012
The Details: The score was 20-20 with less than six minutes on the clock. The series was tied-up one game to all. Almost forty metres out, someone let Cooper Cronk have the ball. From there, the result was foregone.

Taking his time, Cronk slotted an absolutely stellar field goal to win the game 21-20.

The Moment: The Miracle Try
The Match: Game 1, 1994
The Details: “That’s not a try – that’s a miracle!”. Ray Warren’s immortal words describe what is arguably the single greatest moment in State of Origin history. With 75 minutes to go, QLD were down 12-4. Willie Carne caught a Mark Coyne pass over his head and popped it across the line, bringing QLD within range. The try converted, QLD were down 12-10.

With a minute on the clock, QLD launched an attack from within their own half. Allan Langer kicked the play off, with the ball passing through Kevin Walters, Willie Carne, Steve Renouf, and then half the rest of the team as they shifted the ball across the field. At the end of it all was Mark Coyne, who gladly put the ball down to launch himself and that try into history.

The Moment: Darren Lockyer Immortalises Himself
The Match: Game 3, 2006
The Details: NSW was well in charge of the Origin series entering 2006, having won the last three years straight. NSW had barely scraped a win in Game 1 and QLD had came back with a 30-6 thrashing in Game 2. With six minutes of play left QLD were down by 4.

Brett Hodgson’s poor pass from dummy-half bounced off the floor and proved too much for Lockyer to resist. The Queensland icon made it his and scored underneath the posts. A quick conversion later and QLD had won the first of a string of eight series in a row 16-14.

The Moment: Alfie Langer’s Return
The Match: Game 3, 2001
The Details: Queensland had sorted NSW out 34-16 in Game 1, only to be trounced 26-8 in Game 2. In desperation, QLD went back to the drawing board and discovered that Allan Langar was still alive and well, captaining the Warrington Wolves in England. Maroons management put him on a place under a false name and smuggled him back into the country for an Origin comeback.

NSW’s Ryan Girdler scored the fastest try in Origin history (as well as the rest of the Blues’ points that game) but the Queensland combination of Alfie Langer and Darren Lockyer was enough to bring them to a 40-14 win and a series victory.

The Moment: Fatty’s No Names
The Match: 1995 Series
The Details: The Australian Rugby League and Super League had caused a great schism in the sport. Super League players were expressly forbidden from participating in the State of Origin, and Queensland took the hit harder than NSW. Most of Queensland’s stars were out, and their backline was very weakened. Not having won a series since 1991, the Maroons’ chances weren’t looking great.

Enter Paul “Fatty” Vautin, who in a super coaching season took QLD to three wins to claim the series and put a dent in what would otherwise be NSW’s longest winning streak. There were no tries scored in Game 1, for the first time in Origin history. Queensland stole victory 2-0. In the second match, with QLD’s only international player Dale Shearer out due to injury and a massive brawl early on, QLD were able to hold the tide against the Blues to win 20-12. In Game 3, NSW led 16-12 at 41 minutes but a combination of QLD spirit and a try from debut player (and youngest in history at the time) Ben Ikin saw the Maroons win 24-16.