1990 State of Origin series

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1990 State of Origin series
Won by New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales (3rd title)
Series margin   2 - 1
Points scored 50
Attendance 98,451 (ave. 32,817 per match)
Top points scorer(s) Queensland colours.svg Gary Belcher (8)
Top try scorer(s) New South Wales colours.svg Mark McGaw (2)

The 1990 State of Origin series saw the 9th time that the annual three-game series between New South Wales and Queensland representative rugby league football teams was contested entirely under "state of origin" selection rules. It was the first year that the Australian Rugby League took an Origin match to Melbourne to showcase the code in Victoria. New South Wales broke an eight-game losing streak in game I and took the series for the first time since 1986.


Games[edit]

Game One[edit]

9 May
New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales 8–0 Queensland colours.svg Queensland
(4 - 1 t) Mark McGaw
(4 - 2 g) Michael O'Connor
(Report)
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 41,235
Referee/s: David Manson
Man of the Match: Ben Elias

Game I at the Sydney Football Stadium was a typical Origin arm-wrestle and resulted in the lowest score in the series' 10 year history to that point. Queensland's Wally Lewis withdrew pre-match due to a hamstring tear (only the 2nd Origin match he had missed in the series' history), Maroon's hero Gene Miles had retired and Tony Currie, Michael Hancock and Kerrod Walters were all out with injuries.

New South Wales' captain Benny Elias played what was regarded as his finest representative performance[citation needed] with a copybook dummy-half display. Blues' centre Mark "Sparkles" McGaw scored the only try of the match. He outplayed his opposite, the Mal Meninga and pulled off a covering tackle on winger Alan McIndoe that was so comprehensive that both McIndoe's boots came flying from his feet. The win was the Blues' first since the post-series exhibition match in 1987.

Game Two[edit]

30 May
New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales 12–6 Queensland colours.svg Queensland
(4 - 1 t) Ricky Stuart
(4 - 1 t) Brad Mackay
(4 - 2 g) Rod Wishart
(Report) Les Kiss (4 - 1 t)
Mal Meninga (2 - 1 g)
Olympic Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 25,800[1]
Referee/s: Greg McCallum
Man of the Match: Ricky Stuart

The public relations exercise to showcase the game in Melbourne proved a success with a sell-out crowd of 25,800 cramming into Olympic Park.

Queensland halfback Allan Langer's stealing of the ball from Blues replacement prop Glenn Lazarus[2] helped spell the end of three years of Queensland State of Origin dominance which had included two consecutive series clean sweeps from 1988. Langer's steal was a defining moment giving Rod Wishart the chance to put the Blues ahead 8-6. Shortly afterwards Brad Mackay swooped on an intercept and streaked away for the try that put the game out of reach for the Maroons.

Game Three[edit]

13 June
Queensland colours.svg Queensland 14–10 New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales
(8 - 1 t, 2 g) Gary Belcher
(4 - 1 t) Steve Jackson
(2 - 1 g) Wally Lewis
(Report) Glenn Lazarus (4 - 1 t)
Mark McGaw (4 - 1 t)
Rod Wishart (2 - 1 g)
Lang Park, Brisbane
Attendance: 31,416
Referee/s: David Manson
Man of the Match: Bob Lindner

In Game III the Blues led 10-4 after just 24 minutes and looked set for a series whitewash. Then the Maroons clawed back to 10-all early in the second half with their Origin "King" Wally Lewis landing a wide conversion after Gary Belcher had taken the earlier kicks. Canberra Raiders' forward Steve Jackson who the year before had scored a Grand Final try to give his club the premiership scored an almost identical try to give Queensland the game and a face-saving sole victory in the series.

Teams[edit]

New South Wales[edit]

Position Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Fullback Cronulla colours.svg Andrew Ettingshausen
Wing Illawarra colours.svg Rod Wishart
Centre Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Michael O'Connor St. George colours.svg Brad Mackay Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Michael O'Connor
Centre Cronulla colours.svg Mark McGaw
Wing St. George colours.svg Ricky Walford South Sydney colours.svg Graham Lyons
Five-eighth Canberra colours.svg Laurie Daley Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Des Hasler St. George colours.svg Brad Mackay
Halfback Canberra colours.svg Ricky Stuart
Prop Balmain colours.png Steve Roach Canberra colours.svg Glenn Lazarus
Hooker Balmain colours.png Ben Elias (c)
Prop Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ian Roberts
Second Row Western Suburbs colours.svg David Gillespie
Second Row Balmain colours.png Bruce McGuire
Lock Canberra colours.svg Bradley Clyde
Replacement Canberra colours.svg Glenn Lazarus Newcastle colours.svg Mark Sargent
Replacement Balmain colours.png Paul Sironen
Replacement Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Geoff Toovey Canterbury colours.svg Andrew Farrar Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Des Hasler
Replacement Philadelphia colours.png Graham Lyons Penrith colours.svg Brad Fittler Penrith colours.svg Greg Alexander
Coach New South Wales colours.svg Jack Gibson

Queensland[edit]

Position Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Fullback Canberra colours.svg Gary Belcher
Wing Panthers colours.svg Alan McIndoe
Centre Brisbane colours.svg Dale Shearer
Centre Canberra colours.svg Mal Meninga Brisbane colours.svg Peter Jackson
Wing North Sydney colours.svg Les Kiss Brisbane colours.svg Willie Carne
Five-eighth Newcastle colours.svg Michael Hagan Brisbane colours.svg Wally Lewis (c)
Halfback Brisbane colours.svg Allan Langer
Prop Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Martin Bella
Hooker Canberra colours.svg Steve Walters Brisbane colours.svg Kerrod Walters
Prop Cronulla colours.svg Dan Stains Brisbane colours.svg Sam Backo
Second Row Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Paul Vautin (c) Cronulla colours.svg Dan Stains Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Trevor Gillmeister
Second Row St. George colours.svg Wally Fullerton-Smith Canberra colours.svg Gary Coyne
Lock Western Suburbs colours.svg Bob Lindner
Replacement St. George colours.svg Mark Coyne Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Trevor Gillmeister Brisbane colours.svg Kevin Walters
Replacement Brisbane colours.svg Kevin Walters Brisbane colours.svg Andrew Gee Newcastle colours.svg Michael Hagan
Replacement Canberra colours.svg Gary Coyne St. George colours.svg Mark Coyne Brisbane colours.svg Andrew Gee
Replacement Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Trevor Gillmeister Brisbane colours.svg Kevin Walters Western Suburbs colours.svg Steve Jackson
Coach Queensland colours.svg Arthur Beetson

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ MacDonald, John (1990-05-30). "No more Blues for Benny's Boys". The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia: Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  2. ^ Steve Ricketts, Barry Dick, Paul Malone (23 May 2012). "The 30 greatest controversies in 30 years of State of Origin series". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  • Big League's 25 Years of Origin Collectors' Edition, News Magazines, Surry Hills, Sydney