The 2021 State of Origin Series began in Townsville last night and for those expecting a typically hard fought, tense contest between two old rivals were in for a massive let down.
In the annual New South Wales v Queensland rugby league bragging rights contest, both states have been on the wrong end of some horrendous scorelines.
Freddie Fittler’s men were ruthless last night running up an almost record score on the Maroons in their back yard.
There was no debate in the Ladbrokes offices this morning, that was an all time beatdown.
1983 Game 2 – Queensland 43 New South Wales 22
21 points does not seem like that many in the modern era, but for the early 1980s this was a huge win.
A star-studded Queensland side absolutely ran rampant at Lang Park and six individual players finished with tries, while Chris Anderson was able to nab a hat trick for New South Wales.
1989 Game 1 – Queensland 36 New South Wales 6
The Queensland side that contested the 1989 State Of Origin series is one of the greatest in rugby league history and their dominance was on full display in the opening game of the series at Lang Park.
Mal Meninga and Michael Hancock both scored doubles as Queensland recorded – at the time – the biggest win in State Of Origin history.
2000 Game 3 – New South Wales 56 Queensland 16
State Of Origin in the 1990s was dominated by low-scoring, tight fixtures but that all changed during the 2000s.
This was the lowest moment in Queensland’s State Of Origin history as they were just completely outmatched by this New South Wales.
Ryan Girdler finished the game with 32 points, which remains a record to this day.
2001 Game 3 – Queensland 40 New South Wales 14
This is one of the most famous games in State Of Origin history as coach Wayne Bennett recalled Allan Langer from the Warrington Wolves in England to lead Queensland into this State Of Origin Series decider.
Langer could hardly have been more impressive and he helped a young Maroons side record a famous victory.
2002 Game 1 – New South Wales 32 Queensland 4
Queensland’s series win in 2001 turned out to be something of a false dawn.
New South Wales were unable to win the series that ended in a 1-1 draw, but they were nothing short of dominant in the opening game of the series at Stadium Australia.
2003 Game 2 – New South Wales 27 Queensland 4
This was a must-win game for Queensland and they were simply never in the contest.
New South Wales, led by Andrew Johns, dominated from the outset and took a 2-0 series lead with a stellar performance.
2003 Game 3 – Queensland 36 New South Wales 6
It may have been a dead-rubber, but this win still meant a great deal to Queensland.
Matt Sing finished with three tries, but this game is famous for the State Of Origin debut of Cameron Smith.
2006 Game 2 – Queensland 30 New South Wales 6
A Brett Finch field-goal saw New South Wales win the opening game of the 2006 State Of Origin Series, but Queensland responded in emphatic fashion.
Journeyman Adam Mogg was the star as Queensland recorded a dominant win that set them up for their breakthrough series victory.
2008 Game 2 – Queensland 30 New South Wales 0
This was only the second time in history that New South Wales had been kept scoreless in a State Of Origin game.
New South Wales were never in this match and this was the start of a streak where the Blues won just one of eight State Of Origin games.
2010 Game 2 – Queensland 34 New South Wales 6
The Queensland dynasty was in full swing at this point and this Maroons side is right up there with the greatest sides in Rugby League history.
Israel Folau scored his final State Of Origin try in this clash and was one of several Maroons backs that were simply dominant.
2015 Game 3 – Queensland 52 New South Wales 6
New South Wales won the 2014 State Of Origin Series and there was speculation that the ageing Queensland side was past their prime.
How wrong they were.
Queensland – led by Johnathan Thurston – had a point to prove and they did so with the biggest win in State Of Origin history.
2017 Game 1 – New South Wales 28 Queensland 4
The opening game of the 2017 State Of Origin series was evenly poised in the concluding stages of the first half, but a late try to New South Wales swung the momentum.
New South Wales started the second half in extremely impressive fashion and secured the victory only shortly after the 50 minute mark.
2019 Game 2 – New South Wales 38 Queensland 6
State Origin headed to the wild west in Perth and the Blues took to playing at Optus Stadium like the proverbial ducks to water, running riot over the Maroons.
They had no answer for Tom Trbojevic who scored a hat-trick of tries as the Blues won the second half 20-0 as Queensland had no answer from the quarter hour mark.
2021 Game 1 – New South Wales 50 Queensland 6
“I spent $8 million on this?!” Annastacia Palaszczuk last night (probably).
Moved to the “rugby league heartland” of
Johnathan Thurston Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville, the Maroons were embarrassed by the Blues in the series opener.
After dominating Perth, Tom Trbojevic put on a show for the exasperated fans, scoring his second State of Origin Hat-Trick and deservedly claiming Man of the Match honours.