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.
2017 State of Origin Series Results
- Game 1 Result: New South Wales (28) – (4) Queensland (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on Wednesday May 31, 2017)
- Game 2 Result: Queensland (18) – (16) New South Wales (ANZ Stadium, Sydney on Wednesday June 21, 2017)
- Game 3 Result: Queensland (22) – (6) New South Wales (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on Wednesday July 12, 2017)
2017 State Of Origin Betting Results: Game 3
Game 3: Queensland (22) defeated New South Wales (6) at Suncorp Stadium, saluting in their incredible 11th win from the past 12 years. After losing the series opener at home, the Maroons kept the series alive in a never-say-die Game 2 performance before icing the cake with a dominant four-tries-to-one success back at Lang Park in the decider. Queensland absolutely ran all over the Blues in the opening 40 minutes of play going to the sheds with a 12 – nil lead at half-time, which could have been far bigger if a number of their disallowed tries had got the green light. New South Wales looked to even things up scoring their first, and only, try in the 48th minute, but things quickly turned back in favour of the home squad. Valentine Holmes’ was the first try-scorer in the 15th minute, the Sharks fullback going on to make in an Origin treble with two more four pointers (27th minute and 60th minute), including an incredible one off a perfect kick from Cooper Cronk. Jarrod Wallace was the other try-scorer for the Maroons in the 67th minute, sealing the deal for the game’s greatest ever Origin team. Their captain Cameron Smith came away with Man of the Match honours and he held up the shield with JT on field after he missed out on a final appearance due to a season ending shoulder injury.
2017 State Of Origin Results: Game 2
Game 2: Queensland (18) defeated New South Wales (16) at ANZ Stadium in Sydney in a come-from-behind two point victory to set-up a series decider back in Brisbane for Game 3. It was the first time since 1987 that Queensland lost Game 1 in Brisbane before keeping the series alive with a Game 2 win in Sydney. Man of the Match went to New South Wales’ player Josh Jackson, but there were plenty of commendable performances from the winning squad including Johnathan Thurston whose calm-under-pressure conversion with two minutes on the clock sealed the result. The final try came from Dane Gagai who made it a second-half double after Queensland opened the scoring nine minutes into the match with debutant Valentine Holmes paying out the State Of Origin First Tryscorer bets. The first half of play was dominated by the Blues who posted three tries, but with James Maloney missing one of the conversions, it was Queensland who came away victorious in an upset having fought back from their 16 – 6 trail at half-time. It is a big job for the Blues now who are back in Brisbane for State Of Origin III on July 12 looking for their second series win in 12 years.
2017 State Of Origin Results: Game 1
Game 1: New South Wales (28) defeated Queensland (4) at Lang Park in a dominant display led by the likes of big Andrew Fifita who was awarded Man of the Match and James Tedesco. It was a frantic first-half with outstanding completion rates and the end-to-end style of the match depleted the Maroons. Queensland scored just the one try, a terrific four-pointer from Broncos’ winger Corey Oates off a perfect Cooper Cronk kick. Cronk had a big match, but was alone in the halves missing the magic of the injured Jonathan Thurston. Along with Fifita and Tedesco the other New South Wales try-scorers were Jarryd Hayne playing his first State of Origin game in three years, Mitchell Pearce who came off in the second half after a nasty head knock and James Maloney who opened the scoring with the match’s first four-pointer. The Queenslanders now face a tough task heading to down to Sydney for State of Origin II on June 21, with seven of the last eight series won by the team that came away with the opening game win.
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.
- 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)
- 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)
- 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|
|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|