And he wasn’t wrong.
On the edge of your seat games, heated moments, intercepts, dropped balls, drop-offs you name it this series was INTENSE
Day 2 started with NSW holding first game leads in 8 divisions but by game 2 Saturday both states sat at 4 Division wins apiece.
It what soon became a game of Touch itself QLD sealed the Men’s Open, then NSW sealed the Men’s 50s and then QLD and then NSW until it all came down to the Mixed Open and Men’s 45s.
In the Men’s 45’s, it was a stunning turnaround after what seemed like a nervous first half from the boys. Taking the field in the second half it only took 3 minutes before NSW put 3 on the board and as they say, the rest is history taking the win 5-3.
In the Mixed Open – where do we start. After going down 9-12 in Game 2 they had something to prove. But QLD was NOT giving the series to NSW so easily and within 2 minutes saw Stanhope score. NSW with the ball Jess Rozario scores off the set in the corner and it was game on scoring 5 tries in the first half. Their momentum in the second half only saw the team thrive with Clay Studdon taking an intercept and scoring on the hooter for a series win 9-4
Thank you, Greg Denny and his team at Queensland Touch, along with the crew from NSW Touch who worked together to ensure once again a fantastic Origin Series was produced not only on the field but off.
Thank you to C.ex International Stadium for its amazing facilities, and thank you to their staff.
NSW CLAIM THE SERIES 9 – 6 (invitational teams in this series do not count towards the overall points tally) and the shield is retained.
2020 STATE OF ORIGIN RESULTS
MEN’S OPEN – QLD win 3-0 Player of the Series Harry Griffin
WOMEN’S OPEN – QLD win 2-1 Player of the Series Lucia Fildes
MIXED OPEN – NSW win 2-1 Player of the Series Daniel Stone
SENIOR MIXED – QLD win 2-1 Player of the Series Daniel Withers
MEN’S 20 – QLD win 2-1 Player of the Series James Hegedus QLD
WOMEN’S 20 – NSW win 2-1 Player of the Series Kiahla Duff NSW
WOMEN’S 27 – NSW 2-1 Player of the Series Rebecca Beath NSW
MEN’S 30 – NSW 3-0 Player of the Series Scott Buckley NSW
MEN’S 35 – QLD 3-0 Player of the Series Khanui Cox QLD
WOMEN’S 35 – QLD 3-0 Player of the Series Bo De La Cruz QLD
MEN’S 40 – NSW 2-1 Player of the Series Adam Fahim NSW
WOMEN’S 40 – NSW 2-1 Player of the Series Rachelle Darcy
MEN’S 45 – NSW 2-1 Player of the Series Tony Eltakchi
WOMEN’S 45’s – NSW 3-0 Player of the Series Johanne Joe (invitational team)
MEN’S 50 – NSW 2-1 Player of the Series Mark Leonard
MEN’S 55 – NSW 2-1 Player of the Series David Cheung
MEN’S 60 – NSW 2-1 Player of the Series Gordon Parish (invitational team)