2002 State of Origin series

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2002 State of Origin series
Won by Queensland colours.svg New South Wales colours.svg (drawn title)
Series margin   1-1-1
Points scored 116
Attendance 178,252 (ave. 59,417 per match)
Top points scorer(s) Queensland colours.svg Lote Tuqiri (28)
Top try scorer(s) Queensland colours.svg Lote Tuqiri (5)

The 2002 State of Origin series saw the 21st time 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. It was the second drawn series in four years and being the second default title retention by Queensland, it ignited protests from the New South Wales camp eventually accepted by the NRL, for the introduction of extra-time to State of Origin matches was introduced to ensure a definitive result.


Game I[edit]

22 May
New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales 32–4[1] Queensland colours.svg Queensland
Andrew Johns (13 - 1t, 4g, 1fg)
Brett Hodgson (6 - 1t,1g)
Matthew Gidley (4 -1t)
Jamie Lyon (4 - 1t)
Timana Tahu (4 - 1t)
Trent Barrett (1 -1fg)
(Report) (4 - 1t) Lote Tuqiri
Stadium Australia, Sydney
Attendance: 55,421
Referee/s: Bill Harrigan
Man of the Match: Andrew Johns

A young and enthusiastic New South Wales side proved far too good for their older opponents when they ran away with a 32-4 win in game I. The result suggessted a bright future for the Blues who unearthed a number of new stars in fullback Brett Hodgson, centre Jamie Lyon and forwards Luke Bailey, Steve Simpson and Australian Test hooker Danny Buderus. Lyon showed his worth early with a remarkable try in the 24th minute off an Andrew Johns grubber kick on halfway.

Johns was named man of the match but it was Hodgson who stood tall after many had questioned the ability of the diminutive fullback to withstand the physical demands of Origin. The Parramatta Eels fullback ran for a record 390 metres - more than twice that of any other player on the field - and capped his night with an 80 metre run from the scrumbase to score under the posts.

Game II[edit]

Queensland winger, Lote Tuqiri was charged with a dangerous throw in an NRL match and was left off the Queensland team sheet so he could plead guilty at the judiciary, allowing him to serve his ban on the Friday and be available for Game II the following Wednesday.[2]

5 June
Queensland colours.svg Queensland 26–18 New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales
Lote Tuqiri (18 -3t,3g)
Gorden Tallis (4 - 1t)
Dane Carlaw (4 - 1t)
(Report) (6 - 3g) Andrew Johns
(4 -1t) Luke Ricketson
(4 - 1t) Braith Anasta
(4 - 1t) Shaun Timmins
ANZ Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 47,989
Referee/s: Bill Harrigan
Man of the Match: Chris McKenna

In a typical Origin script, Queensland managed to reverse the result in game II with a thrilling display to level the series. In a disastrous debut, Maroons centre Justin Hodges emulated the feat of New South Wales' Phil Duke of twenty years earlier when he gathered a Johns kick in the 27th minute and fired a pass in goal to Darren Lockyer, only to see the ball sail over Lockyer's head and Blues five-eighth Braith Anasta pounce to give his side the lead. Then in the 61st minute Hodges did it again for Luke Ricketson to score before he was eventually hauled from the field by coach Wayne Bennett as his confidence dropped.

On the other side of the field, Queensland centre Chris McKenna was playing the match of his life as he assisted winger Lote Tuqiri to a three-try haul.

Game III[edit]

26 June
New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales 18–18 Queensland colours.svg Queensland
Jason Moodie (8 - 2t)
Andrew Johns (6 -3g)
Steve Menzies (4 - 1t)
(Report) (6 - 1t,1g) Lote Tuqiri
(4 -1t) Shaun Berrigan
(4 - 1t) Shane Webcke
(4 1t) Dane Carlaw
Stadium Australia, Sydney
Attendance: 74,842
Referee/s: Bill Harrigan
Man of the Match: Allan Langer

It was in this match that Gorden Tallis performed a famous tackle on Blues fullback, Brett Hodgson, dragging and eventually tossing him out of the field of play by the collar like a rag-doll.[3] In a dramatic end to one of the most exciting series in years, the Blues thought they'd stolen the game when Jason Moodie finished off a magnificent team movement with three minutes remaining to take an 18-14 lead. But Queensland back-rower Dane Carlaw's try leveled the score at 18-all after a dramatic 50 metre burst, ensuring the title stayed with the Maroons.

Queensland skipper Gorden Tallis' reaction in giving the one-finger salute to a section of the crowd, right behind the northern tryline where Carlaw's try was scored, became a major after-match talking point. Tallis gained some sympathy when it was revealed that he was objecting to an offensive sign about his mother.[4] But many again raised questions about his capacity to captain Australia with debate raging over the choice between Tallis or Andrew Johns to succeed Brad Fittler. Days later Johns was chosen to lead the Kangaroos in the July Test against Great Britain.

New South Wales squad[edit]

Position Game I Game II Game III
Fullback Parramatta colours.svg Brett Hodgson
Wing Newcastle colours.svg Timana Tahu
Centre Parramatta colours.svg Jamie Lyon Newcastle colours.svg Matt Gidley
Centre Newcastle colours.svg Matt Gidley St. George colours.svg Shaun Timmins
Wing Parramatta colours.svg Jason Moodie
Five-Eighth St. George colours.svg Trent Barrett Canterbury colours.svg Braith Anasta St. George colours.svg Trent Barrett
Halfback Newcastle colours.svg Andrew Johns (c)
Prop St. George colours.svg Luke Bailey
Hooker Newcastle colours.svg Danny Buderus
Prop Canterbury colours.svg Mark O'Meley St. George colours.svg Jason Ryles
Second Row Newcastle colours.svg Steve Simpson
Second Row Newcastle colours.svg Ben Kennedy Parramatta colours.svg Nathan Hindmarsh Northern Eagles colours.svg Steve Menzies
Lock Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Luke Ricketson
Interchange Canterbury colours.svg Braith Anasta Northern Eagles colours.svg Steve Menzies Parramatta colours.svg Nathan Hindmarsh
Interchange Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Bryan Fletcher
Interchange Parramatta colours.svg Nathan Hindmarsh Melbourne colours.svg Scott Hill
Interchange Parramatta colours.svg Michael Vella
Coach Phil Gould

Queensland squad[edit]

Position Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Fullback Brisbane colours.svg Darren Lockyer
Wing Brisbane colours.svg Lote Tuqiri
Centre Cronulla colours.svg Chris McKenna
Centre Canterbury colours.svg Darren Smith Brisbane colours.svg Chris Walker
Wing Canberra colours.svg Clinton Schifcofske Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Justin Hodges Newcastle colours.svg Robbie O'Davis
Five-Eighth Brisbane colours.svg Shaun Berrigan
Halfback Brisbane colours.svg Allan Langer
Prop Brisbane colours.svg Shane Webcke
Hooker New Zealand colours.svg Kevin Campion New Zealand colours.svg PJ Marsh
Prop North Queensland colours.svg John Buttigieg Cronulla colours.svg Chris Beattie Brisbane colours.svg Petero Civoniceva
Second Row Brisbane colours.svg Gorden Tallis (c)
Second Row Brisbane colours.svg Petero Civoniceva Brisbane colours.svg Dane Carlaw
Lock Brisbane colours.svg Dane Carlaw Canterbury colours.svg Darren Smith
Interchange Brisbane colours.svg Chris Walker Canterbury colours.svg Travis Norton
Interchange North Queensland colours.svg John Doyle Canterbury colours.svg Steve Price
Interchange Brisbane colours.svg Carl Webb Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Chris Flannery Brisbane colours.svg Andrew Gee
Interchange Brisbane colours.svg Andrew Gee Brisbane colours.svg Brent Tate
Coach Brisbane colours.svg Wayne Bennett

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Clockwatch: State of Origin". BBC News. 22 May 2002. 
  2. ^ "Tuqiri pleads guilty at NRL tribunal". ABC News (Australia: ABC). 28 May 2002. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Barrow, Tim (6 July 2011). "State of Origin: The deciders". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  4. ^ 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. 

Sources[edit]

  • Big League's 25 Years of Origin Collectors' Edition, News Magazines, Surry Hills, Sydney

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