After a determined victory in Game 1 of the 2009 State of Origin Series, the Queensland Maroons were one win away from becoming the first side in the history of Origin to win four series straight. Locky and the boys had a lot to play for.
Up the other end of the paddock, the NSW Blues had it all to play for too – none of their blokes wanted to be a part of the first team in history to lose four on the trot.
Come the opening whistle and we all expected more fireworks than New Years Eve on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but instead we saw a Blues team fail to fire in all aspects of the game. They coughed up possession in their red zone on countless occasions, they fell off regulation tackles and handed one of the best Maroons backlines of all time 18 of the softest Origin points ever scored.
Greg Inglis looked like he was playing against the Redcliffe under 12s, although a team full of Redcliffe 11-year-olds would ‘ve had more ticker.
Only some Trent Barrett thuggery and Jarryd Hayne’s brilliance kept the Blues in it at halftime. Then Game 2 started… properly.
Our Queensland boys new they were on the edge of greatness and they knew that NSW would dig deep, so they played accordingly. The likes of Michael Crocker, Sam Thaiday, Petero Civoniceva and Steve Price ground out the win with resolute defence and in Price’s case a momentum halting charge-down which – along with Johnathan Thurston’s all-round performance – arguably won the match and sealed the series for the Maroons. In the end, NSW cracked, fumbling a loose ball on their tryline and gifting our boys yet another try, this time to Cameron Smith. Game over. 24-14.
Then the celebrations began. No doubt we’ll be celebrating again in Game 3 at Suncorp! Good job boys.
Pic: The boys up front got the job done.