I grew up watching State Of Origin. Cheering for NSW as I’m from Sydney. You’re probably thinking, Queensland won every year, right? Wrong!
This was back in the 1990s when we actually didn’t know who was going to win the series before Game 1. Have a look at this table from Wikipedia. See all those NSW wins in the 90s and early 2000s? That’s cute man. Real cute.
What happened after that?
Queensland has won 10 OF THE LAST 11 YEARS. That’s like the Harlem Globetrotters. That’s like any UFC fighter in the world versus me. Does this even still count as sports?
Okay look. Many of you are Queensland fans and find this hilarious and great, and man I get that. I can hardly imagine winning this much. If you’re in Year 12 right now, Queensland has won every year (except 2014) since you were in Year 1.
Queensland are at home tonight for Game 1 and they’ve won 8 of their last 9 games in Brisbane. My question is:
Do we have any reasons to think NSW can win in 2017?
1. Jarryd Hayne is back after two years and will be motivated, needing just three tries in this series to become the highest scoring NSW player of all time with 12 tries.
2. Halfback Mitchell Pearce is in great form for the Sydney Roosters, and will have his club teammate Boyd Cordner alongside, who enters as the new NSW captain.
3. Queensland are without major parts of their long-time winning side, including (world’s best player) Johnathan Thurston, Greg Inglis, Matt Scott, Billy Slater and Corey Parker.
4. This looks like the strongest NSW team in years. As reported by The Roar, we have “The top three Sydney clubs – the Sharks, Dragons and Roosters – supplying nine of the 17 players between them – that’s half the side.”
5. If NSW win Game 1, all that’s left is defending their home turf in Sydney to close out the series in Game 2. Tonight is a huge game!