2015 State of Origin series

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2015 State of Origin series
Won by Queensland (21st title)
Series margin 2-1
Attendance 224,135 (ave. 74,712 per match)
Player of the series Queensland colours.svg Corey Parker
Top points scorer(s) Queensland colours.svg Johnathan Thurston26
Top try scorer(s) New South Wales colours.svg Josh Morris
New South Wales colours.svg Michael Jennings
Queensland colours.svg Greg Inglis
Queensland colours.svg Will Chambers
Queensland colours.svg Matt Gillett
(All 2 Tries Each)

The 2015 State of Origin series was the 35th time the annual best-of-three series between the Queensland and New South Wales rugby league teams to be played entirely under 'state of origin' rules (1980 and 1981 were only one game series). It was the third series to be administered by the Australian Rugby League Commission which was created in a major restructure of the sport's administration in Australia.

This series had one game played in each of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with Game I played at the 83,500 capacity ANZ Stadium, Game II played at the 100,024 capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground, and Game III played at the 52,500 capacity Suncorp Stadium.[1]

Former Canberra, Queensland and Australian captain Mal Meninga was coach of the Queensland side, whose eight-year State of Origin series winning streak was ended by New South Wales in 2014. The Blues were coached by former Canberra, NSW and Australia captain Laurie Daley for a third consecutive year.

Game I[edit]

Wednesday, 27 May 2015
8:05 pm
New South Wales New South Wales colours.svg 10 – 11 Queensland colours.svg Queensland
Tries:
Morris (21') 1
Scott (27') 1
Goals:
Hodkinson (28') 1/2
Report Tries:
1 (14') Cronk
1 (55') Chambers
Goals:
1/3 (15') Thurston
Field goals:
1 (74') Cronk
ANZ Stadium
Attendance: 80,122
Referee: Gerard Sutton, Ben Cummins
Man of the Match: Cameron Smith

National Anthem: Josh Piterman

Game II[edit]

Wednesday, 17 June 2015
8:16 pm
Queensland Queensland colours.svg 18 – 26 New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales
Tries:
Scott (11') 1
Inglis (33') 1
Gillett (48') 1
Goals:
Thurston 3/4
(12', 48', 57' pen)
report Tries:
1 (4') Jennings
1 (27') J Morris
1 (62') Woods
1 (71') Dugan
Goals:
5/5 Hodkinson
(6', 28', 39' pen, 64', 72')
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Attendance: 91,513
Referee: Gerard Sutton, Ben Cummins
Man of the Match: Michael Jennings

National Anthem: Claire Lyon

Game III[edit]

Wednesday, 8 July 2015
8:00pm
Queensland Queensland colours.svg 52 – 6 New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales
Tries:
Gagai (15') 1
Papalii (27') 1
Inglis (35') 1
Gillett (42') 1
Morgan (50') 1
Boyd (57') 1
Chambers (68') 1
Guerra (78') 1
Goals:
Thurston 9/9
(9' pen, 16', 29', 33' pen, 37', 42', 52', 58, 69')
Hodges (80') 1/1
Report Tries:
1 (61') Jennings
Goals:
1/2 (6' pen) Hodkinson
Suncorp Stadium
Attendance: 52,500
Referee: Gerard Sutton, Ben Cummins
Man of the Match: Johnathan Thurston

National Anthem: Australian Girls Choir and Danielle de Niese

Corey Parker was awarded the Wally Lewis medal for player of the series.

Teams[edit]

The 18th, 19th & 20th man are reserves to cover for any forthcoming injuries to the selected squad and, unless chosen, do not actually play.

New South Wales Blues[edit]

Position Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Fullback St. George colours.svg Josh Dugan
Wing Parramatta colours.svg Will Hopoate
Centre Canterbury colours.svg Josh Morris
Centre Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Michael Jennings
Wing Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Daniel Tupou Canterbury colours.svg Brett Morris
Five-eighth Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Mitchell Pearce
Halfback Canterbury colours.svg Trent Hodkinson
Prop Wests Tigers colours.svg Aaron Woods
Hooker Wests Tigers colours.svg Robbie Farah (c) Wests Tigers colours.svg Robbie Farah Cronulla colours.svg Michael Ennis2
Prop North Queensland colours.svg James Tamou
Second row Newcastle colours.svg Beau Scott
Second row New Zealand colours.svg Ryan Hoffman
Lock Canterbury colours.svg Josh Jackson Cronulla colours.svg Paul Gallen (c)1
Interchange St. George colours.svg Trent Merrin
Interchange Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Boyd Cordner
Interchange Canterbury colours.svg David Klemmer
Interchange Cronulla colours.svg Andrew Fifita Canterbury colours.svg Josh Jackson
Coach New South Wales colours.svg Laurie Daley
18th Man St. George colours.svg Tyson Frizell Newcastle colours.svg Tariq Sims
19th Man Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Ryan James South Sydney colours.svg Dylan Walker South Sydney colours.svg Alex Johnston
20th Man Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Matt Moylan

1 - Gallen retained the captaincy role from Farah in Game II.

2 - Robbie Farah was originally chosen to play in Game lll but withdrew due to a hand injury, he was replaced by Michael Ennis on game day.

Queensland Maroons[edit]

Position Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Fullback Melbourne colours.svg Billy Slater South Sydney colours.svg Greg Inglis
Wing Brisbane colours.svg Darius Boyd
Centre South Sydney colours.svg Greg Inglis Melbourne colours.svg Will Chambers
Centre Brisbane colours.svg Justin Hodges
Wing Melbourne colours.svg Will Chambers Newcastle colours.svg Dane Gagai
Five-eighth North Queensland colours.svg Johnathan Thurston
Halfback Melbourne colours.svg Cooper Cronk Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Daly Cherry-Evans Melbourne colours.svg Cooper Cronk
Prop North Queensland colours.svg Matt Scott
Hooker Melbourne colours.svg Cameron Smith (c)
Prop Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Nate Myles
Second row Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Aidan Guerra
Second row Brisbane colours.svg Sam Thaiday
Lock Brisbane colours.svg Corey Parker
Interchange North Queensland colours.svg Michael Morgan1
Interchange Brisbane colours.svg Josh McGuire Canberra colours.svg Josh Papalii
Interchange Brisbane colours.svg Matt Gillett
Interchange New Zealand colours.svg Jacob Lillyman
Coach Queensland colours.svg Mal Meninga
18th Man Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Dylan Napa Canberra colours.svg Josh Papalii Canberra colours.svg Edrick Lee
19th Man Newcastle colours.svg Dane Gagai
20th Man Newcastle colours.svg Korbin Sims

1 - Daly Cherry-Evans was originally selected to play in game one but withdrew due to injury. He was replaced by Michael Morgan, then Morgan retained his spot on the bench in Game II and III.

Residents[edit]

TBD
Queensland colours.svg Queensland v New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales
TBD

Under-20s[edit]

8 July 2015
18:00 (Local)
New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales 32-16 Queensland Queensland colours.svg

Women's Interstate Challenge[edit]

27 June 2015
14:45 (Local)
New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales 4-4 Queensland Queensland colours.svg
Tries:
Kelly 1
report Tries:
1 Baker

Records[edit]

Game II achieved the highest ever attendance for a State of Origin Game, with a crowd of 91,513 people in attendance.

Game III saw numerous records broken:[2]

  • Game III achieved the highest ever attendance for a match at Suncorp Stadium, with a crowd of 52,500 people in attendance.[3]
  • Queensland captain Cameron Smith made his 36th Queensland appearance, drawing level with Darren Lockyer for most appearances for Queensland.[4]
  • Johnathan Thurston scored 18 points, equalling Lote Tuqiri's for most points in a single match.[5] In addition, Thurston kicked 9 goals from 9 attempts, an Origin record.
  • With a 52-6 victory, Queensland equaled their record for highest State of Origin score, and broke the record for largest winning margin in State of Origin history, with a 46-point winning margin.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Origin venues locked-in for 5 years". Abc.net.au. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Queensland break State of Origin records with 52-6 win". The Roar. The Roar. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  3. ^ Badel, Peter. "State of Origin: Maroons maul NSW to clinch decider". The Courier Mail. News Corporation. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  4. ^ Tomarchio, Cameron. "The big State of Origin talking points". Herald Sun. News Corporation. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  5. ^ Webeck, Tony. "State of Origin III: Five key points". nrl.com. National Rugby League. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  6. ^ "State of Origin decider: Queensland vs NSW at Suncorp Stadium". News.com. News Corporation.