Rugby League - State Of Origin 2017

Rugby League State Of Origin News

New South Wales remains outright favourite to beat Queensland in 2017 State of Origin Game 3 at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night. The Blues squandered a seemingly comfortable 16-6 lead in Game 2, but have the luxury of retaining the same squad into Game 3 on Wednesday night, while…


The State of Origin is one of Rugby League’s finest creations, with Queensland and New South Wales battling it out each year to be named the year’s State of Origin winner. Played in the middle of the regular NRL season, the State of Origin attracts the best players from each state to help bring their side to victory. Wearing a State of Origin jersey is an immense honour for a rugby league player.

To qualify as a player for the State of Origin, the players must represent the state in which they first played senior football. This rule increases the tension between the State of Origin teams as there are players from the same NRL team often competing against each other. The Queensland Maroons were once nicknamed the “cane toads” and the New South Wales Blues were called the “cockroaches”. These terms have stuck with the teams with plenty of Blues supporters in particular sporting cockroach accessories at the games.

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The State of Origin tournament includes two matches and a deciding round however there have been times when the tournament has ended in a draw. The games are played at either a Queensland, New South Wales or neutral stadium such as Melbourne. Wherever the games are played, the atmosphere is always incredible and the tickets are worth every cent.

Footy greats such as Wally Lewis and Allan Langer have made a great career out of their State of Origin games and are now regarded as legends of the great sport. Although the sides change for every game, there are a few players which always appear in the matches every year. Darren Lockyer is one player who looks set to continue his State of Origin career for many years to come. It is superb players such as Lockyer which attract over three million people to watch the sport each year state of origin betting proves be very popular, whether it be at the stadium or on television.

Past State of Origin Winners:

Year Winner/Holder Of Shield Wins

2015 Queensland 2-1

2014 Queensland 2-1

2013 Queensland 2-1

2012 Queensland 2-1

2011 Queensland 2-1

2010 Queensland 3-0

2009 Queensland 2-1

2008 Queensland 2-1

2007 Queensland 2-1

2006 Queensland 2-1

2005 New South Wales 2-1

2004 New South Wales 2-1

2003 New South Wales 2-1

2002 Queensland 1-1

2001 Queensland 2-1

2000 New South Wales 3-0

1999 Queensland 1-1

1998 Queensland 2-1

1997 New South Wales 2-1

1996 New South Wales 3-0

1995 Queensland 3-0

1994 New South Wales 2-1

1993 New South Wales 2-1

1992 New South Wales 2-1

1991 Queensland 2-1

1990 New South Wales 2-1

1989 Queensland 3-0

1988 Queensland 3-0

1987 Queensland 2-1

1986 New South Wales 3-0

1985 New South Wales 2-1

1984 Queensland 2-1

1983 Queensland 2-1

1982 Queensland 2-1

1981 Queensland 1-0

1980 Queensland 1-0

State of Origin Records:

– Largest Crowd: 203,309 in 2004

– Most Series Wins in a Row: 8 by Queensland (2006 – 2013)

– Most Points Scored: 72 in match 3 of 2000 – NSW defeated Queensland 56-16

– Least Points Scored: 2 in match 1 of 1995 – Queensland defeated NSW 2-0

– Total New South Wales wins: 37 series matches

– Total Queensland wins: 39 series matches

– Most Tries in a Match: 3 by Chris Anderson in match 3 of 1983

– Most Goals in a Match: 10 by Ryan Girdler in match 3 of 2000

– Most Points in a Match: 32 by Ryan Girdler in match 3 of 2000

– Most Appearances: 34 State of Origin appearances by Allan Langer

– Oldest Player: Allan Langer (35 years and 331 days old)

– Youngest Player: Ben Ikin (18 years and 83 days old)

– Most Man of the Match Awards: Wally Lewis with 8 awards

State of Origin History:

The State of Origin has a long and heated history, as Queensland and New South Wales have battled for rugby league supremacy, and the Origin shield since the competition began in 1980. A best of three tournament since 1982, for its first two years of existence the State of Origin consisted of only one match, and two other interstate games played under the previous selection rules where players were chosen on the basis of their current club instead of the club they played their first senior football for.

After Queensland took out the State of Origin series from 1982 – 1984 under the direction of one of the games most celebrated players, captain Wally Lewis, New South Wales began to dominate in 1985 and by the next year the Blues achieved the first State of Origin 3-0 series triumph. This whitewash victory was then overtaken by Queensland, who dominated in the late ’80’s winning the 1988 and 1989 series 3-0.

The rivalry and competition between the two states began to heat up in the 1990’s with New South Wales conquering the first two series of the decade. The physicality and frantic nature of the matches increased along with the state’s desire to dominate the competition, which had been surprisingly even. This period during the early ’90’s was a dark time for the Queensland Maroons, whose once mighty status began to fade as their champion players from the past decade moved to retire. New South Wales won three series in a row in 1992, 1993 and 1994 with the help of experienced legends like Ben Elias and Laurie Daley leading the state to victory.

1995 saw rugby league in Australia suffer a massive knockback, with the beginning of the Super League war, but despite this upset and concern over Queensland players’ contracts, the Maroons were able to strike back with a surprise series win 3-0. Blues matched them the following year in 1996 with their own whitewash win.

In 1998 when the NRL formed, Queensland was awarded the series in a nail-biting third game decider, after both teams had won at away games. Then in 1999, State of Origin saw its first series draw, with Queensland retaining the shield; the series was drawn again in 2002. The mid to late 2000’s drew a very even field, as New South Wales won three series in a row 2003, 2004 and 2005. Queensland followed in their lead, securing three Origin wins of their own in 2006, 2007 and 2008. The 2009 series was filled with anticipation and speculation that history was about to made, and it was as Queensland won the tournament, the first time in Origin history a team won four series in a row.

State of Origin Betting:

The State of Origin is one of the most popular games in Australia to bet on as the matches are action packed and full of great “on the edge of your seat” moments. Punters have the option of placing a bet down on the tournament winner or they bet on the individual matches which offer heaps of betting markets. With the best of the best pitted against each other, State of Origin betting is always close.

Single Bets: Includes a head-to-head wager with/without a draw.

Multiple Bets: The punter places several bets down during the game and the odds of the bets are combined to equal a greater payout. This is a great bet for those with a bit more experience as the payout is only given if the punter wins all the bets in the multiple.

Handicap Bets: Otherwise known as line betting, the bet involves the bookmaker placing a handicap on each match to level out the game’s competition. The favourite receives a minus amount which indicates that they must win by more than the handicap for the punter to receive their payout. The underdog team is given a positive handicap which means they must not lose by more than the handicap amount or they have to win the game.

Margin Bets: A margin is applied to both teams and it is up to the punter to decide whether a team is capable of beating the other team with a score between or over the set margin. The usual margins are either between 1-12, 13+ or a draw.

Exotic Bets: These bets are specifically offered for State of Origin betting.

Free Bets: Offered mostly by online bookmakers, this service bolsters a bettor’s ability to place more bets for less money.

Player positions (halfback, five-eight)

Winning team

First scorer

First player to score

Correct Score

Even/odd score

Half time/full time score

Most Tries by a player

Tri Betting


Live Bets: Many bookmakers allow punters to bet during the matches at half time. These bets are great as the punter already knows how each team is playing and has more of a chance at predicting each team’s next movements.

Future Bets: Bets placed prior to the season offer fantastic odds, which is why there are so many punters who do their homework and invest in the future bets.

State of Origin winner

NSW Coach

Team Captain

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