When they write the full story of the state of origin, the Triumph of the Maroons 2020 series will be carved into stone as one of the most respectable and iconic in the long and storied rivalry history.
It was Queensland’s most victorious. Wayne Bennett swooped late. Prime Minister Anastasia allowed Ashok a filled Suncorp stadium. The underdog Maroon team full of fighters, deportees and unknown warriors did what Queensland did: Achievement Plus.
It was a victory for the ages and arguably the biggest surprise in the history of origin, a win that only added to the legends of Queensland. The final scoreboard in Brisbane was the Maroon Lead 20-14. It does not tell the story of Queensland’s dominance or the scale of the turmoil over New South Wales.
Wally Lewis’ man of the match and medal winner Cameron Munster was brilliant, inspiring Queensland to achieve one of its most famous victories. The origin thrives on victories like this and few will forget it. Munster sealed himself as the captain of the new generation, leading to a victory for a team that former Blues captain Paul Gallen described as « Queensland’s worst team ever ».
Queensland was incredibly lucky to have a stunning win in Brisbane after a forgotten second game by Valentin Holmes, who hit the ball three times over the line without any oversight.. . The match should have been over, but the North Queensland superstar’s stunning handling mistakes.
But they survived the late Blues attack to ensure that none of the 17 would ever need to pay for beer in their home state again.
The game started like a shot from a cannon with a thrilling 10-minute opening that was fierce as expected from the Origin decider..
Launched by a crowd of 50,000, Queensland opened the scoring in the fifth minute through Holmes, taking advantage of a penalty kick from NSW.. . Munster ran the ball to the last side of the short side, passed to newcomer Corey Allan, who happily zapped to Holmes unmarked. It was the high water mark for Alan, though, whose debut was forgotten, as he dropped his first Blues attempt after five minutes of spilling a simple bomb..
Queensland was pressing for a second try when Jake Friend put out a poor mockery the last time. Referee Gerard Sutton awarded a suspicious penalty kick in the first. The Blues took full advantage, and dropped a bomb on Alan, who had all his arms and legs but no ball. Queensland captain Daley Sherry Evans could have dived into the loose ball but more anxious by giving up an offside penalty, letting the ball bounce.. Blues captain James Tedesco criticized for making the simplest attempt.
It wasn’t set to be Tedesco’s night, though the blue-back was ruled out after he sustained a blow to the head when he fell into the knee of Josh Babali in Queensland. Dazed and bewildered, he seemed hopeless and dismissed by the doctors shortly before halftime, a heavy blow to the Blues who seemed lost without the distinguished guardian.. .
Munster, who was disqualified under conditions similar to Tedesco in match two, came alone in the back half of the opening clip in the match-turning show. He played a key role in Queensland in the second half 12-6 lead as he headed towards blindly and kicked behind, regrouped and kicked, forcing Daniel Tobo to foul. He then kicked Monster across the field in the play that followed and smashed Edrick Lee on his own.
When the second half opened, Queensland had all the ball and running. Harry Grant’s injection proved that Bennett’s main kick was another notable hit and the NRL rookie was dynamic from the moment he got on the field. He broke a streak early and scored the decisive attempt in 17 minutes to play with a sharp run that challenges both his age and his experience..
A 20-6 lead proved to be too much for the Blues to overcome. Tupou crossed – after assisting with quick penalties – minutes later to give NSW hope, but the defensive losses proved too large to be overcome..
« You cannot underestimate the strength of Maroon’s shirt, » said Queensland legend Jonathan Thurston, after a full sabbatical.. « Together with the Fate team [coached by Paul Vouten] in 1995, I think this is one of Origin’s greatest Queensland victories ever..
“There was a lot of hype in the South about this worst team ever assembled in 40 years of Origin’s history, and as I just said, the strength of the shirt does something for you, a lot of effort from boys.
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