2015 State of Origin series
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.
|2015 State of Origin series|
|Won by||Queensland (21st title)|
|Attendance||224,135 (ave. 74,712 per match)|
|Player of the series||Corey Parker|
|Top points scorer(s)||Johnathan Thurston – 26|
|Top try scorer(s)|| Josh Morris|
(All 2 Tries Each)
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.
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.
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
|New South Wales||10 – 11||Queensland|
Morris (21') 1
Scott (27') 1
Hodkinson (28') 1/2
1 (14') Cronk
1 (55') Chambers
1/3 (15') Thurston
1 (74') Cronk
National Anthem: Josh Piterman
Wednesday, 17 June 2015
|Queensland||18 – 26||New South Wales|
Scott (11') 1
Inglis (33') 1
Gillett (48') 1
(12', 48', 57' pen)
1 (4') Jennings
1 (27') J Morris
1 (62') Woods
1 (71') Dugan
(6', 28', 39' pen, 64', 72')
National Anthem: Claire Lyon
Wednesday, 8 July 2015
|Queensland||52 – 6||New South Wales|
Gagai (15') 1
Papalii (27') 1
Inglis (35') 1
Gillett (42') 1
Morgan (50') 1
Boyd (57') 1
Chambers (68') 1
Guerra (78') 1
(9' pen, 16', 29', 33' pen, 37', 42', 52', 58, 69')
Hodges (80') 1/1
1 (61') Jennings
1/2 (6' pen) Hodkinson
Corey Parker was awarded the Wally Lewis medal for player of the series.
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 BluesEdit
|Position||Game 1||Game 2||Game 3|
|Wing||Daniel Tupou||Brett Morris|
|Hooker||Robbie Farah (c)||Robbie Farah||Michael Ennis2|
|Second row||Beau Scott|
|Second row||Ryan Hoffman|
|Lock||Josh Jackson||Paul Gallen (c)1|
|Interchange||Andrew Fifita||Josh Jackson|
|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.
|Position||Game 1||Game 2||Game 3|
|Fullback||Billy Slater||Greg Inglis|
|Centre||Greg Inglis||Will Chambers|
|Wing||Will Chambers||Dane Gagai|
|Halfback||Cooper Cronk||Daly Cherry-Evans||Cooper Cronk|
|Hooker||Cameron Smith (c)|
|Second row||Aidan Guerra|
|Second row||Sam Thaiday|
|Interchange||Josh McGuire||Josh Papalii|
|18th Man||Dylan Napa||Josh Papalii||Edrick Lee|
|19th Man||Dane Gagai|
|20th Man||Korbin Sims|
Women's Interstate ChallengeEdit
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:
- Game III achieved the highest ever attendance for a match at Suncorp Stadium, with a crowd of 52,500 people in attendance.
- Queensland captain Cameron Smith made his 36th Queensland appearance, drawing level with Darren Lockyer for most appearances for Queensland.
- Johnathan Thurston scored 18 points, equalling Lote Tuqiri's for most points in a single match. 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.
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