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Queensland captain Wally Lewis with Dan Stains, Alan McIndoe, Kerrod Walters, Allan Langer and Paul Vautin.

On this day, the Maroons take to the skies but the Blues fly high, the Queenslanders overcome injuries for a famous victory and Brett Kimmorley suffers an unlucky break.


The interstate series begins in Sydney, with NSW scoring a 29-15 win over Queensland. The Maroons become the first interstate team to travel by plane (TAA Skymaster).


Queensland confirm their status as one of the finest sides to ever emerge from the Sunshine State with a miraculous 16-12 win in the second State of Origin match at the Sydney Football Stadium. The Maroons finish a man short after a horrific injury toll.


Brad Takairangi was born. The son of another Eels first-grader, Louis Takairangi, he made his NRL debut in 2010 for the Roosters and played 27 games in three seasons at the club before a two-year stint at the Titans yielded another 39 appearances. He shifted to Parramatta in 2015, racking up more than 100 Telstra Premiership matches in the Blue & Gold.

Eels centre Brad Takairangi.
Eels centre Brad Takairangi. ©Nathan Hopkins/NRL Photos


Cronulla captain Brett Kimmorley suffers a broken jaw in his team's 28-26 defeat of the Wests Tigers at Toyota Park. X-rays reveal that Kimmorley played more than 50 minutes of the match with the injury.


Queensland produce one of their greatest against-the-odds victories, pounding NSW 30-6 at Suncorp Stadium. Winger Adam Mogg scores twice on debut, while five-eighth Darren Lockyer, maligned for his performance in the series opener, is named man of the match.


Manly prop Martin Taupau informs New Zealand coach Michael Maguire of his decision to transfer his representative allegiance from the Kiwis to Samoa.


This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.