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2015 State of Origin series

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2015 State of Origin series
Won by
Queensland (19th title)
Series margin2-1
Attendance224,135 (ave. 74,712 per match)
Player of the series
Corey Parker
Top points scorer(s)
Johnathan Thurston26
Top try scorer(s)
Josh Morris
Michael Jennings
Greg Inglis
Will Chambers
Matt Gillett
(All 2 Tries Each)

The 2015 State of Origin series was the 34th 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

Wednesday, 27 May 2015
8:05 pm
New South Wales
10 – 11
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

Wednesday, 17 June 2015
8:16 pm
Queensland
18 – 26
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

Wednesday, 8 July 2015
8:00pm
Queensland
52 – 6
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

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

Position Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Fullback
Josh Dugan
Wing
Will Hopoate
Centre
Josh Morris
Centre
Michael Jennings
Wing
Daniel Tupou
Brett Morris
Five-eighth
Mitchell Pearce
Halfback
Trent Hodkinson
Prop
Aaron Woods
Hooker
Robbie Farah (c)
Robbie Farah
Michael Ennis2
Prop
James Tamou
Second row
Beau Scott
Second row
Ryan Hoffman
Lock
Josh Jackson
Paul Gallen (c)1
Interchange
Trent Merrin
Interchange
Boyd Cordner
Interchange
David Klemmer
Interchange
Andrew Fifita
Josh Jackson
Coach
Laurie Daley
18th Man
Tyson Frizell
Tariq Sims
19th Man
Ryan James
Dylan Walker
Alex Johnston
20th Man
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

Position Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Fullback
Billy Slater
Greg Inglis
Wing
Darius Boyd
Centre
Greg Inglis
Will Chambers
Centre
Justin Hodges
Wing
Will Chambers
Dane Gagai
Five-eighth
Johnathan Thurston
Halfback
Cooper Cronk
Daly Cherry-Evans
Cooper Cronk
Prop
Matt Scott
Hooker
Cameron Smith (c)
Prop
Nate Myles
Second row
Aidan Guerra
Second row
Sam Thaiday
Lock
Corey Parker
Interchange
Michael Morgan1
Interchange
Josh McGuire
Josh Papalii
Interchange
Matt Gillett
Interchange
Jacob Lillyman
Coach
Mal Meninga
18th Man
Dylan Napa
Josh Papalii
Edrick Lee
19th Man
Dane Gagai
20th Man
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

Under-20s

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

Women's Interstate Challenge

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

Records

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 by a Queenslander.[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

  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.
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