State Of Origin 2020

The Queensland Maroons secured their 24th State Of Origin series with a 2 – 1 victory over New South Wales in 2020 

2020 State Of Origin

The NRL made the decision to suspend the 2020 season indefinitely on March 23, 2020 due to the increasing severity of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 28 it was announced the 2020 NRL season would recommence on May 28 for a shortened 20 rounds.

The 2020 State Of Origin three-game-tournament took place post-season across three weeks from November 4 – 18, 2020.

Queensland won the series 2 games to 1 for their 24th State Of Origin Series title after taking out the Game 3 decider at home in Brisbane.


As well as the action of the annual NRL Telstra Premiership the Rugby League season in Australia is highlighted by a number of representative matches including the coveted State of Origin series.

The State of Origin Odds are primarily broken down on the head to head market played between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues. It’s a fierce clash that pits mate against mate and state against state in a time honoured Rugby League rivalry dating back to its inaugural series in 1980.

Considered the toughest representative Rugby League competition in not only Australia but the world, huge numbers of fans tune in for the series that provides plenty of top State of Origin betting opportunities as well.

The series as we know it today is a best-of-three clash with the teams featuring the season’s best NRL players. Held between June and July the Maroons and Blues compete for the State of Origin shield and considerable bragging rights.

2020 State Of Origin: QLD Win Series 2 – 1

  • 2020 State Of Origin Dates: November 4 – 18, 2020
  • 2020 State of Origin Champions: Queensland (24th title)
  • Series Score: 2 – 1
  • Player of the Series: Cameron Munster (QLD)
  • Top Points Scorer: Nathan Cleary (NSW, 18 points)
  • Top Try Scorer: Josh Addo-Carr (NSW, 3 tries)

The State of Origin Series 2020 was rescheduled for after the end of the shortened 20 round season and took place across three weekends in November.

Queensland won games one and three to beat the Blues 2 – 1.

State Of Origin Game 1: Results

Queensland 18 – 14 New South Wales

  • Winners: Queensland Maroons
  • Score: QLD 18 – 14 NSW
  • Date: Wednesday November 4, 2020
  • Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
  • Man of the Match: Daly Cherry-Evans (QLD)

The Maroons fought back after trailing 10 – nil at half-time in State Of Origin Game 1 in Adelaide, the Queenslanders scoring three tries in the second 40 minutes of play to get the better of the Blues. It went down to the wire with New South Wales scoring inside the final five minutes with a Josh Addo-Carr four-pointer, but it wasn’t enough for the Blues.

State Of Origin Game 2

New South Wales 34 – 10 Queensland

  • Winners: New South Wales Blues
  • Score: NSW 34 – 10 QLD
  • Date: Wednesday November 11, 2020
  • Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
  • Man of the Match: Nathan Cleary (NSW)

The State Of Origin series is down to a decider for Game 3 in Brisbane after Queensland went down in an embarrassing 34 – 10 loss at the hands of the Blues in Sydney for game two. Despite being first to score inside the opening 10 minutes, the Maroons were down 18 – 4 by half-time and things didn’t improve in the second half . With Josh Addo-Carr scoring either side of the break for the Blues, in the end it was six tries to two with a ruthless New South Wales outfit boosted by an outstanding performance by Nathan Cleary.


State Of Origin Game 3

Queensland 20 – 14 New South Wales 

  • Winners: Queensland
  • Score: QLD 20 – 14 NSW
  • Result: Queensland Maroons took out the series 2 – 1
  • Date: Wednesday November 18, 2020
  • Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
  • Man Of The Match: Gerard Sutton (QLD)

Queensland secured their 24th State Of Origin Series win taking out the 2020 decider at home in Brisbane with a dominant 20 – 14 victory over the visiting New South Wales Blues. The Maroons led 12 – 6 in the first half and it turned into a thriller late with both sides scoring 8 a piece in the second half.

State of Origin Odds & Betting

State of Origin betting provides fans with lots of chances to support their state and get behind the game’s best NRL players at representative level.

There are State of Origin odds offered on everything from the overall series winners to the Wally Lewis Medal winner awarded to the best player of the season.

The standard head-to-head NRL odds are also open for all three State of Origin games with either Queensland or New South Wales favourites in betting depending on factors like team selections and the results of earlier games.

The most popular markets are the State of Origin Series Winners with even odds usually open on both teams pre-season.

State of Origin Teams

Just two teams face off in the State of Origin series with Queensland taking on New South Wales as the country’s two leading Rugby League states come face to face.

State of Origin history between “The Maroons” and “The Blues” dates back to the 1980s and Queensland are colloquially known as “Cane Toads” and New South Wales as “Cockroaches”. Each season selectors draw players from across the 16 NRL Teams to play in State of Origin, the representative players subsequently missing Premiership games for their clubs that impacts NRL betting.

State of Origin players are selected according to the state for which they played their first senior rugby league games.

State of Origin Records & Facts

State of Origin history shows some incredible rugby league records have been achieved during the series with team records dominated by Queensland who have defeated the Blues more times in both consecutive games and series over the years.

Team Records

  • Largest Winning Margin: 46 points – Queensland 52 vs 6 New South Wales in Game 3, 2015
  • Most Consecutive Games Won: 8 games – Queensland from Game 3 1987 – Game 3 1989
  • Most Consecutive Series Won: Queensland (2006 – 2013)

Player Records

  • Most Games Played: 42 – QLD’s Cameron Smith (2003 – present)
  • Most Consecutive Games Played: 36 – QLD’s Johnathan Thurston (2005 – 2016)
  • Most Games Captained: 41 – QLD’s Cameron Smith (2003 – 2017)
  • Most Points Scored: 212 – QLD’s Johnathan Thurston (2005 – present)
  • Most Tries Scored: 17 – QLD’s Greg Inglis (2006 – present)

Coaching Records

  • Queensland’s coach from 2006 – 2015 Mal Meninga holds all of the State of Origin coaching record for the most games (33), most wins (22) and most series victories

State of Origin Winners

YEAR WINNER RUNNERS UP SERIES RESULT
2020 QUEENSLAND NEW SOUTH WALES 2-1
2019 NEW SOUTH WALES QUEENSLAND 2-1
2018 NEW SOUTH WALES QUEENSLAND 2-1
2017 QUEENSLAND NEW SOUTH WALES 2-1
2016 QUEENSLAND NEW SOUTH WALES 2-1
2015 QUEENSLAND NEW SOUTH WALES 2-1
2014 NEW SOUTH WALES QUEENSLAND 2-1
2013 QUEENSLAND NEW SOUTH WALES 2-1
2012 QUEENSLAND NEW SOUTH WALES 2-1
2011 QUEENSLAND NEW SOUTH WALES 2-1
2010 QUEENSLAND NEW SOUTH WALES 3-0
2009 QUEENSLAND NEW SOUTH WALES 2-1
2008 QUEENSLAND NEW SOUTH WALES 2-1
2007 QUEENSLAND NEW SOUTH WALES 2-1
2006 QUEENSLAND NEW SOUTH WALES 2-1
2005 NEW SOUTH WALES QUEENSLAND 2-1