2000 State of Origin series

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2000 State of Origin series
Won by New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales (9th title)
Series margin   3-0
Points scored 146
Attendance 159,074 (ave. 53,025 per match)
Top points scorer(s) New South Wales colours.svg Ryan Girdler (52)
Top try scorer(s) New South Wales colours.svg Ryan Girdler (5)

The 2000 State of Origin series was the 19th year that the annual three-game series between the Queensland and New South Wales representative rugby league football teams was played entirely under 'state of origin' selection rules. During the 2000 series Gorden Tallis was sent off for calling the referee a cheat, Ryan Girdler amassed an incredible 32 points in one match and New South Wales whitewashed the series in a combined scoreline of 104 to 42 - the biggest gap between the two sides in history.


Game I[edit]

10 May 2000
New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales 20–16 Queensland colours.svg Queensland
Ryan Girdler (8 - 2g,1t)
Adam MacDougall (8 - 2t)
David Peachey (4 - 1t)
(Report) (8 - 2t) Adrian Lam
(6 - 1t,1g) Mat Rogers
(2 - 1g) Darren Lockyer
Stadium Australia, Sydney
Attendance: 61,511
Referee/s: Bill Harrigan
Man of the Match: Adam MacDougall

After Ryan Girdler had scored a try to level at 16-all which appeared to have included two knock-ons in the lead up, a furious Gorden Tallis confronted Bill Harrigan and was immediately dismissed after calling him a cheat.[1][2] Six minutes later the Blues took advantage of the extra man for David Peachey to cross out wide and secure a 20-16 win.

Immediately after the game Tallis was summonsed to a judiciary hearing at the ground but was not suspended. He had been to the referee's room beforehand and apologised to Harrigan. Blues prop Robbie Kearns later claimed in the Melbourne Herald Sun newspaper that Tallis was to blame for Queensland's loss by showing poor discipline and that he had let himself and his side down.

Game II[edit]

5 June 2000
Queensland colours.svg Queensland 10–28 New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales
Mat Rogers (6 - 3g)
Gorden Tallis (4 - 1t)
(Report) (12 - 1t, 4g) Ryan Girdler
(4 - 1t) Brad Fittler
(4 - 1t) Shaun Timmins
(4 - 1t) Scott Hill
(4 - 1t) David Furner
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 38,796
Referee/s: Bill Harrigan
Man of the Match: Tim Brasher

New South Wales' win in the second game secured their first series win since 1997 and the 28-10 scoreline would be their biggest ever winning margin until game III two weeks later.

Game III[edit]

26 June 2000
New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales 56–16 Queensland colours.svg Queensland
Ryan Girdler (32 - 10g, 3t)
Matthew Gidley (8 - 2t)
Adam Muir (4 - 1t)
Andrew Johns (4 - 1t)
Bryan Fletcher (4 - 1t)
Adam MacDougall (4 - 1t)
(Report) (8 - 1t,2g) Mat Rogers
(4 - 1t) Darren Smith
(4 - 1t) Gorden Tallis
Stadium Australia, Sydney
Attendance: 58,767
Referee/s: Bill Harrigan
Man of the Match: Ryan Girdler

New South Wales centre Ryan Girdler produced the performance of his life and the Blues were hailed as the greatest side in Origin history after they demolished Queensland and completed their third clean sweep. Girdler scored three tries and kicked 10 goals from 10 ten attempts for a record 32-point haul during which New South Wales crossed the Queensland line nine times. New South Wales had led 20-10 at half-time but a try to Andrew Johns after the break saw the floodgates open with six Origin records beaten or matched:
* Biggest winning margin in State of Origin history
* Most points in an Origin match
* Most points by an individual in an Origin match
* Most points by an individual in an Origin series (Girdler, 52)
* Most goals by an individual in an Origin match
* Most tries by an individual in an Origin match (Girdler's three equalled Chris Anderson's in 1983 and Kerry Boustead's in 1984)

Teams[edit]

New South Wales[edit]

Position Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Fullback Cronulla colours.svg David Peachey North Queensland colours.svg Tim Brasher
Wing Newcastle colours.svg Adam MacDougall
Centre Penrith colours.svg Ryan Girdler
Centre St. George colours.svg Shaun Timmins Newcastle colours.svg Matt Gidley
Wing St. George colours.svg Jamie Ainscough
Five-Eighth Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Brad Fittler (c)
Halfback Melbourne colours.svg Brett Kimmorley
Prop Melbourne colours.svg Robbie Kearns
Hooker Northern Eagles colours.svg Geoff Toovey
Prop Melbourne colours.svg Rodney Howe Cronulla colours.svg Jason Stevens
Second Row Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Bryan Fletcher
Second Row Canberra colours.svg David Furner Newcastle colours.svg Ben Kennedy
Lock Newcastle colours.svg Ben Kennedy Melbourne colours.svg Scott Hill
Interchange Melbourne colours.svg Scott Hill Newcastle colours.svg Andrew Johns
Interchange Wests Tigers colours.svg Terry Hill Canberra colours.svg David Furner
Interchange Parramatta colours.svg Michael Vella Northern Eagles colours.png Adam Muir
Interchange Cronulla colours.svg Jason Stevens Parramatta colours.svg Michael Vella
Coach Wests Tigers colours.svg Wayne Pearce

Queensland[edit]

Position Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Fullback Brisbane colours.svg Darren Lockyer
Wing Cronulla colours.svg Mat Rogers
Centre North Queensland colours.svg Paul Bowman
Centre Canterbury colours.svg Darren Smith Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Matt Sing
Wing Brisbane colours.svg Wendell Sailor Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Matt Sing Brisbane colours.svg Wendell Sailor
Five-Eighth Brisbane colours.svg Ben Ikin North Queensland colours.svg Julian O'Neill Brisbane colours.svg Ben Ikin
Halfback Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Adrian Lam (c)
Prop Brisbane colours.svg Shane Webcke
Hooker Canterbury colours.svg Jason Hetherington
Prop Cronulla colours.svg Martin Lang
Second Row Brisbane colours.svg Gorden Tallis
Second Row Brisbane colours.svg Brad Thorn Cronulla colours.svg Chris McKenna
Lock Parramatta colours.svg Jason Smith
Interchange North Queensland colours.svg Paul Green North Queensland colours.svg Julian O'Neill
Interchange Brisbane colours.svg Tonie Carroll Brisbane colours.svg Brad Thorn
Interchange Melbourne colours.svg Russell Bawden Brisbane colours.svg Tonie Carroll
Interchange Canterbury colours.svg Steve Price Penrith colours.svg Craig Greenhill
Coach Queensland colours.svg Mark Murray

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "State of Origin - 2000s". The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia: Fairfax Digital). 2010-04-27. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  • Big League's 25 Years of Origin Collectors' Edition, News Magazines, Surry Hills, Sydney