History shows Rain & Origin provide an exciting mix

Undercover tickets are still available to Origin I

With 39,000 ‘ponchos’ on sale through merchandise stalls at ANZ Stadium tonight history provides a reminder that anything can happen when Origin takes to the water.

Over 30 years some of the most amazing moments in the history of the Harvey Norman State of Origin Series have coincided with torrential downpours.

From sideline conversions to prop forwards taking ‘miracle’ catches, last ditch field goals and fiery on-field confrontations, wet weather has proven an unlikely spark in Origin’s history.

It has also seen some of the most heroic efforts ever witnessed from Rugby League supporters with some amazing crowds braving the conditions in support of their state including 88,336 for Game Two in 1999.

The following is a brief overview of Origin ‘fireworks’ in the rain (with thanks to David Middleton for his assistance):  

2003

Game 2

NSW 27-4

Telstra Stadium         

79,132

Andrew  Johns leads NSW  to its first winning series in three years

2000           

Game 1

NSW 20-16

Stadium Australia

61,511

Gorden Tallis sin binned for dissent after a confrontation with Bill Harrigan

1999

Game 3

10-all

Suncorp Stadium

39,371

 

Origin’s first ever draw results in the first ever drawn series. Queensland retains the trophy for a second year as a result.

1999

Game 2

NSW 12-8

Stadium Australia

88,336

 

Robbie Ross scores the ‘fastest’ try in Origin history crossing after just 42 seconds (Ryan Girdler bettered with 39 second effort in game 3 2001). Laurie Daley leads the Blues to victory in his last Sydney game as captain. Match is still regarded as the wettest ever at Homebush.

1992           

Game 2

Queensland 5-4

Lang Park

31,500

Allan Langer field goal 66 seconds from full time gives Queensland the series. In the first half Bill Harrigan sent Martin Bella and Peter Jackson to the sin bin within 10 minutes of each other leaving Queensland with 11 men at one stage in the match.

1991           

Game  2

NSW 14-12

Sydney Football Stadium

41,520

 

Fiery confrontation between Wally Lewis and Mark Geyer – Michael O’Connor clinches the match for NSW with a sideline conversion.

1987           

Game 2

Queensland 12-6

Sydney Cricket Ground  

42,048

Blues led 6-4 at half time. Greg Dowling again scores a try in the mud in the second half as the Maroons produce one of the game’s most memorable defensive efforts holding NSW within its own half for much of the match.

1985

Game 1

NSW 18-12

Lang Park

33,011

Michael O’Connor on debut scores all the NSW points (two tries and five goals)

1984           

Game 2

Queensland 14-2

Sydney Cricket Ground

29,088

Greg Dowling scores one of League’s most amazing tries in Origin taking a rebound from the cross bar to score under the posts in the second half.

1983           

Game 2

NSW 10-6

Sydney Cricket Ground

21,620

Eight Eels make the NSW team as the Blues record their first ever Sydney Origin win. Brett Kenny is selected at five-eighth for the first time against Wally Lewis.

Undercover tickets are still available to Origin I