How good was State of Origin? You have to love the hype, the tension, the drama and the pay-off that big matches provide and in Rugby League – it doesn’t get much bigger than Origin. All week critics were questioning NSW and how they could possibly win with only two props, how could they hope to compete against the Maroons juggernaut?
In the end it comes down to 80 minutes of high intensity football, with the pre-match words and speculation rendered meaningless. For those 80 minutes it is about fighting for every inch, for every second of every minute. Both sides were courageous, both gave it everything and ultimately on the back of a parochial crowd of all but 82,000, the Blues edged out Queensland to level the series.
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The build-up to Game 3 will be epic. In truth, it is already in full-swing. Strap yourselves in for a crazy three weeks and get ready for an emotion-charged finale as the Blues try to win their first series since 2005, while Queensland look to send immortal-in-waiting Darren Lockyer off for a fairytale finish.
July 6 can’t come soon enough!
DID YOU KNOW?
• 14,000 wigs and t-shirts were handed out to the Blatchy’s Blues and Maroon Crusade in the space of three hours at State of Origin at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night. That is an average of 78 per minute – that’s more than one a second!
• The Harvey Norman State of Origin Series has already claimed the top two programs of 2011, with Game Two in Sydney attracting an average national audience of 3.410million viewers.
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In Touch – Leila McKinnon looks at the week to celebrate women in Rugby League
Inside Word – Trent Barrett from inside the NSW shed after Game II
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Coach’s Box – Graham Murray looks at Ricky Stuart’s masterstroke
Next Gen – Matt Russell looks at a thrilling round of the Toyota Cup
On the Road – Steve Mascord looks at the scheduling debate
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