Suncorp Stadium, aka The Cauldron has seen many iconic moments since its redevelopment in the early 2000’s.
Perhaps no event is more associated with Brisbane’s premiere sporting ground than State of Origin with the home crowd getting to witness some phenomenal contests.
With the Maroons needing a massive turnaround from their Game 1 hammering in Townsville, will those in attendance on Sunday be in store for another one?
2003 – Welcome Home
Admittedly this one is on the list more the pregame than the actual 80 minutes of rugby league.
The stadium was buzzing as the Maroons returned “home” for Game 1 of the 2003 series.
Unfortunately that good feeling was short lived as the Blues claimed the first game at the renovated stadium by a score of 25-12.
Andrew Johns contributed a try, four goals and a field goal to the Blues performance as well as this try assist.
2004 – Slater’s Magic Try
Best try in Origin history?
If not, it’s top three.
This clip should be the lead on Billy Slater’s career retrospective.
2005 – Bowen’s Magic Moment
Game 1 in 2005 could have gone so badly for both sides and it turned into an instant classic.
Queensland flew out to a 19-0 halftime lead and looked in complete control before the Blues scored 20 straight points and looked like they would steal the game.
As he would do so many times throughout his career, Johnathan Thurston stepped up with two minutes to play and levelled the scores at 20-20 sending the game into golden point.
Substitute Matt Bowen read Brett Kimmorley like a picture book and intercepted a pass racing 40m to win the game.
2006 – Mogg-mania
Needing a win after dropping Game 1, Queensland suffered a huge blow losing Greg Inglis but never fear, Adam Mogg was there to fill the void.
He burst onto the scene with two tries in the Maroons 30-6 win before adding another in the Decider in Melbourne.
2009 – Tensions Boil Over
In a throwback to what many call the “good old days” of rugby league, it all kicked off in the closing minutes of 2009’s dead rubber.
Queensland had already claimed the series, New South Wales had won the game, and rather than trying to describe it with words, just see what unfolded.
2012 – Cronk’s Ice Cold Moment
Series decider, scores level, first series post Darren Lockyer.
Up steps Cooper Cronk from 40m out no less.
2015 – A Historic Victory
We were supposedly in for a titanic clash in the 2015 Origin decider, then the Maroons decided to play the game of their lives.
Eight tries to one and a perfectly executed gameplan gave the Queenslanders a 52-6 victory as they won back the State of Origin trophy.
It was also a farewell for Justin Hodges who ended his representative career with a win and the final conversion of the game.
2020 – Worst Ever Squad, Best Ever Win?
Queensland, underdogs at Suncorp Stadium, no chance right?
We don’t have to remember too far back for the last time someone prematurely wrote off the Maroons in an Origin game.
Played in November after the season went into hiatus, State of Origin 3 last year was a memorable win for the Queenslanders stunning the heavily fancied New South Wales side.