1999 State of Origin series

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1999 State of Origin series
Won by Queensland colours.svg New South Wales colours.svg (drawn title)
Series margin 1-1-1
Points scored 57
Attendance 165,800 (ave. 55,267 per match)
Top points scorer(s) Mat Rogers (17)
Top try scorer(s) Matt Geyer (2)

The 1999 State of Origin series saw the 18th year that the annual three-game series between the Queensland and New South Wales representative rugby league football teams was contested entirely under 'state of origin' selection rules. The series was drawn and the shield retained by the previous year's victors, Queensland.[1] Each team claimed victory in a game and the deciding fixture finished at 10-all. It was the first series to end in a draw.

Game I[edit]

May 26, 1999
Queensland colours.svg Queensland 9–8 New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales
Mat Rogers (9 - 4g, 1fg) (Report) (4 - 2g) Ryan Girdler
(4 - 1t) Anthony Mundine
Lang Park, Brisbane
Attendance: 38,093
Referee/s: Bill Harrigan
Man of the Match: Jason Hetherington

Game I was a dour affair played in hot and steamy conditions at Suncorp Stadium with Queensland scraping in 9-8. The match was memorable for winger Mat Rogers' debut. Despite straining a ligament and being forced from the field, the gutsy flanker returned to score all of Maroons' points including a field goal (the first of his career) six minutes from game's end to win the encounter.

Game II[edit]

9 June 1999
New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales 12–8 Queensland colours.svg Queensland
Laurie Daley (4 - 1t)
Ryan Girdler (4 - 2g)
Robbie Ross (4 - 1t)
(Report) (8 - 1t, 2g) Mat Rogers
Stadium Australia, Sydney
Attendance: 88,336[2]
Referee/s: Steven Clark
Man of the Match: Laurie Daley

Game II was played at the new Olympic venue, Stadium Australia, in driving rain and in front of a record crowd. The conditions implied it would be another dour battle, but it turned out otherwise. Melbourne Storm fullback Robbie Ross grabbed his own piece of Origin history by scoring the fastest try in Origin after just 42 seconds. It temporarily took the wind out of the sails of Kevin Walters' Maroons.

All the scoring was done in the first half with a try to Rogers and conversion which put Queensland momentarily in front before Laurie Daley, making his final Origin appearance in Sydney, tore onto an Andrew Johns pass and scored under the posts. After the match, and in company with other NSW retirees Paul Harragon and Andrew Ettingshausen, Daley completed a lap of honour.

Game III[edit]

23 June 1999
Queensland colours.svg Queensland 10–10 New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales
Darren Lockyer (6 - 1t, 1g)
Paul Green (4 - 1t)
(Report) (8 -2 t) Matt Geyer
(2 - 1g) Ryan Girdler
Lang Park, Brisbane
Attendance: 39,371
Referee/s: Steven Clark
Man of the Match: Wendell Sailor

Game III played at Suncorp in treacherous wet conditions, featured plenty of dropped ball, but some of the skills on show made up for the errors. Laurie Daley once again demonstrated his prowess by miraculously scooping up a ball at his feet and off-loading to Terry Hill who then sent Matt Geyer over. Queensland's Paul Green somehow found his way through Ben Kennedy and Luke Ricketson to score and with Lockyer's conversion the Maroons led 6-4.

Adrian Lam whose club doctor at the Sydney Roosters had refused to allow him to play because of a dislocated shoulder, was cleared to play for Queensland and proved his worth by squeezing out a miracle pass to put Lockyer over. Geyer then scored for the Blues after an unlikely kick through by prop Rodney Howe to level the scores. Queensland, knowing a draw would be enough to retain the shield, had no interest in a field goal and put all their energy into holding New South Wales out.

The Blues were almost there until an inside pass from Daley to Ross went to ground. The Blues players stood around dumbfounded as the Queenslanders celebrated, having retained the title as per the rules of State of Origin at the time.

New South Wales squad[edit]

Position Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Fullback Melbourne colours.svg Robbie Ross
Wing Newcastle colours.svg Darren Albert Newcastle colours.svg Adam MacDougall
Centre Canberra colours.svg Laurie Daley Panthers colours.svg Ryan Girdler
Centre Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Terry Hill
Wing Melbourne colours.svg Matt Geyer
Five-Eighth Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Brad Fittler (c) Canberra colours.svg Laurie Daley Canberra colours.svg Laurie Daley (c)
Halfback Newcastle colours.svg Andrew Johns
Prop Cronulla colours.svg Jason Stevens South Sydney colours.svg Mark Carroll
Hooker Panthers colours.svg Craig Gower Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Geoff Toovey
Prop Melbourne colours.svg Rodney Howe
Second Row Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Bryan Fletcher
Second Row Eastern Suburbs colours.svg David Barnhill Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Nik Kosef Canberra colours.svg David Furner
Lock Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Nik Kosef Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Brad Fittler (c) Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Nik Kosef
Interchange Melbourne colours.svg Glenn Lazarus Parramatta colours.svg Michael Vella
Interchange Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Luke Ricketson
Interchange Panthers colours.svg Ryan Girdler Canberra colours.svg Ben Kennedy
Interchange St. George colours.svg Anthony Mundine
Coach Balmain colours.svg Wayne Pearce

Queensland squad[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barrow, Tim (6 July 2011). "State of Origin: The deciders". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Hadfield, Dave (1999-06-10). "Daley's dose for Blues". The Independent. independent.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 

Sources[edit]

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