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NRL Telstra Premiership 2009

Stats Insider: Six years of Origin dominance

Benjamin Everill NRL.com Thu, Jul 07, 2011 - 2:40 PM

The Queensland Maroons celebrate their sixth year of Origin domination. Copyright: NRL Photos

Wow. Six in a row. There will never be enough plaudits for the Maroons’ dominance over the past six seasons – and the same can be said for Darren Lockyer as the champion goes out a winner from the Origin scene. Champions rise to the occasion and the Queensland side was full of them on Wednesday night. The likes of Billy Slater and Cameron Smith just found ways to grab any half-chance offered to them – and prop Petero Civoniceva will be marvelled by medical science when he eventually retires… at 85!

On the other side of the coin, pressure pushed some Blues into panic and mistakes; therein lies the difference. Players such as Anthony Minichiello, Mitchell Pearce and Kurt Gidley would love a few plays over again.

In a tribute to the mighty Maroons we decided to look at the combined stats of all six winning series to see just how much they have dominated since 2005.

Players Used

Perhaps the greatest influence on their six-peat has been consistency of players. The Maroons used a massive 29 fewer players than the Blues, allowing them to maintain combinations from year to year. Experience in Origin is key.

Qld – 44 players
NSW – 73 players

Average Metres

Would you believe that after six seasons the two teams finish with the same average of 1360 metres a game? Scary, huh? Actually, New South Wales gained one more measly metre over the past six years but obviously couldn’t translate that into a series win. Clearly the Maroons did a lot more with the metres they earned.

2006: Qld 1471, NSW 1437
2007: Qld 1423, NSW 1567
2008: Qld 1413, NSW 1318
2009: Qld 1266, NSW 1406
2010: Qld 1206, NSW 1190
2011: Qld 1381, NSW 1243
Average: Qld 1360, NSW 1360

Average Kick Metres

The Cane Toads’ kicking game has come out well and truly on top over the six-year period. The Queenslanders averaged 741 metres each match compared to the Blues’ 656 metres. The Smith/Thurston/Lockyer combo bested their counterparts each and every year.

2006: Qld 760, NSW 703
2007: Qld 908, NSW 705
2008: Qld 756, NSW 701
2009: Qld 706, NSW 564
2010: Qld 614, NSW 600
2011: Qld 699, NSW 663
Average: Qld 741, NSW 656

Tries

Of course the Queenslanders dominated here. They have crossed the try line on 18 more occasions in the past six series, enough for an extra try every game played. With 64 tries to the Blues’ 46, is it any wonder they are celebrating hard right now?

2006: Qld 11, NSW 7
2007: Qld 7, NSW 7
2008: Qld 9, NSW 5
2009: Qld 12, NSW 10
2010: Qld 15, NSW 8
2011: Qld 10, NSW 9
Total: Qld 64, NSW 46

Line-Breaks

The Maroons have pumped out 12 more line-breaks over the six years, winning the series count four of the six years. Their 78 breaks total works out at 4.3 a game compared to the Blues’ 3.7.

2006: Qld 12, NSW 9
2007: Qld 8, NSW 11
2008: Qld 12, NSW 6
2009: Qld 19, NSW 15
2010: Qld 17, NSW 11
2011: Qld 10, NSW 14
Total: Qld 78, NSW 66

Line-Break Assists

With guys like Thurston, Smith, Lockyer and Slater is it any wonder they win this category? What is probably surprising though is that they haven’t dominated even more. Over the six years the Maroons have tallied 49 compared to 44 from the Blues.  

2006: Qld 7, NSW 8
2007: Qld 5, NSW 8
2008: Qld 9, NSW 2
2009: Qld 11, NSW 7
2010: Qld 11, NSW 7
2011: Qld 6, NSW 12
Total: Qld 49, NSW 44

Try Assists

Stands to reason when you score more tries you’ll probably make more try assists. The Blues actually led the try assist count on two of the six years… but the individual brilliance of Queensland ensured they still dominated.

2006: Qld 9, NSW 6
2007: Qld 6, NSW 5
2008: Qld 9, NSW 5
2009: Qld 6, NSW 7
2010: Qld 12, NSW 8
2011: Qld 6, NSW 9
Total: Qld 48, NSW 40

Tackle-Breaks

The Blues actually won this category during their six seasons of dread. Each and every year the Blues busted more tackles than their counterparts… but a fat lot of good it did, as they couldn’t convert it into enough points to get the job done. The Blues averaged 47.8 a match over six years, the Maroons 37.1.

2006: Qld 106, NSW 161
2007: Qld 123, NSW 166
2008: Qld 96, NSW 112
2009: Qld 118, NSW 152
2010: Qld 111, NSW 147
2011: Qld 113, NSW 122
Total: Qld 667, NSW 860

Offloads

More offloads hasn’t been a tactic that’s helped win Origin matches. The New South Wales sides over six series dominated the offload tally but have nothing to show for it. The Blues have pumped out 101 more second-phase opportunities and averaged 13.6 a game compared to 7.9 for the Maroons.

2006: Qld 28, NSW 64
2007: Qld 33, NSW 39
2008: Qld 18, NSW 28
2009: Qld 15, NSW 33
2010: Qld 18, NSW 44
2011: Qld 31, NSW 36
Total: Qld 143, NSW 244

Errors

The Blues consistently lost the battle for possession and field position on the back of making more errors. In five of the six series the Blues squandered possession more often than the Maroons. The average of 12.5 against 13.6 is just one extra error a game – but in Origin this makes a huge difference.

2006: Qld 36, NSW 49
2007: Qld 30, NSW 35
2008: Qld 38, NSW 42
2009: Qld 46, NSW 50
2010: Qld 45, NSW 34
2011: Qld 30, NSW 35
Total: Qld 225, NSW 245

Penalties Conceded

The Blues earned the ire of the referees more often than the Queenslanders over the past six series. Ricky Stuart and Paul Gallen both had issues with referees this series but reality is the mighty Maroons have pressured the Blues into the majority of the penalties over the period.

2006: Qld 10, NSW 10
2007: Qld 16, NSW 14
2008: Qld 15, NSW 19
2009: Qld 11, NSW 16
2010: Qld 14, NSW 17
2011: Qld 11, NSW 9
Total: Qld 77, NSW 85

Tackles

The amount of defence the Blues have been forced to endure over the six seasons is a vital indicator to their inability to bring the shield home. The boys from New South Wales have been forced to make 489 more tackles since 2005 – or more than 81 more sets of six! The Queenslanders average 319.8 tackles a match and the Blues 347.

2006: Qld 977, NSW 1012
2007: Qld 1036, NSW 1017
2008: Qld 989, NSW 1119
2009: Qld 980, NSW 1038
2010: Qld 839, NSW 1009
2011: Qld 936, NSW 1051
Total: Qld 5757, NSW 6246

Missed Tackles

Despite making a heap more tackles than the Maroons the Blues still managed to miss far fewer tackles than Queensland. Sadly for the sky blue jersey it hasn’t helped them get enough points, as the boys from up north have scrambled brilliantly. The Cane Toads have missed an average of 45.4 a match in the past 18 matches while the Cockroaches are almost 10 fewer at 34.5 a game. So many wasted opportunities…

2006: Qld 149, NSW 102
2007: Qld 161, NSW 112
2008: Qld 108, NSW 86
2009: Qld 141, NSW 107
2010: Qld 144, NSW 106
2011: Qld 115, NSW 108
Total: Qld 818, NSW 621

Well… the tale of the tape essentially says the Queenslanders have maintained dominance thanks to experience (using fewer players), possession (fewer tackles and errors) and just pure class (more tries, line-breaks etc). The Blues have made life difficult for themselves by giving away more penalties, making more errors and not taking advantage of their tackle-breaking skills. Bring on Origin 2012!