Rival Origin legends unite raising almost $400,000
Fierce rivalries were put aside last night as Queensland and New South Wales Origin legends united on the field at Parramatta Stadium to help raise over $380,000 for flood ravaged communities in Queensland. <br><br> The "full-on" match, organised a week ago by Triple M's Mark Geyer, attracted a sellout crowd of 20,000 and a host of legendary players, some playing league for the first time in 15 years or more. <br><br> The Maroons, led by current Origin and former captain Mal Meninga with Wally Lewis on the sidelines as coach, won 20-16 in an entertaining match of full tackle rugby league played in 15- minute quarters. <br><br> Meninga, 50, admitted some concern before the match about his fitness or lack thereof after a "strong and fun festive season". <br><br> "I can't remember when I last played ... seriously, I can't remember the last time except for the fact I had sore muscles everywhere," Meninga said. <br><br> "I haven't done as much exercise as I should have. I will be found out. My New Year's resolution to get back into it hasn't kicked in yet." <br><br> Despite his reservations Meninga and co held their own ... but they were all happy that it wasn't a best-of-three series. <br><br> Meninga's focus is already on Queensland's defence of the State of Origin trophy, which they have won a record five successive years. <br><br> Coincidentally both the Maroons and Blues held camps last weekend for their emerging Origin stars. <br><br> "We had 14 of our up and coming players there along with Wayne Bennett working with them," said Meninga. <br><br> "We are really pleased with the depth of the squad. We couldn't have said that a few years back." <br><br> Meninga said he was looking forward to the challenge of coaching against his former Raiders team -mate Ricky Stuart who has taken over the reins of the Blues team in a full-time capacity. <br><br> "I have absolutely no idea how he will go ... Origin is tough as it is," he said. "But it is good that Ricky is on board. He's a very passionate New South Wales man, highly skilled and very determined."