Origin’s historic battles in Melbourne

WEDNESDAY’S STATE OF ORIGIN II IS THE EIGHTH INTERSTATE GAME TO BE PLAYED IN MELBOURNE, HERE ARE HOW THE OTHER SEVEN PANNED OUT.

Game II, 1990, NSW 12 QLD 6, Olympic Park

Ricky Stuart and Brad Mackay starred in NSW’s six-point win before a full house of 25,800 in Origin’s first foray into Melbourne.

Game II, 1994, NSW 14 QLD 0, MCG.

A then-record rugby league crowd of 87,161 witnessed Phil Gould’s Blues dominate their counterparts in a dour spectacle that did little to turn Victorians on to the 13-a-side code.

Game II, 1995, QLD 20 NSW 12, MCG

The second clash the MCG hosted is best remembered for what was arguably Origin’s greatest ever biff. Referee Eddie Ward was forced to halt play for five minutes in a bid to regain control after an all-in brawl erupted after the first scrum. When the game did finally re-start Paul Vautin’s Maroons completed their miracle series win.

Game II, 1997, NSW 15 QLD 14, MCG.

With the Super League war biting hard, just 25,105 fans filed into the iconic venue to see the Blues prevail on the back of a 69th minute John Simon field goal.

Game III, 2006, QLD 16 NSW 14, Docklands Stadium

For the first time the decider was played at a neutral venue, with two late tries, including one to man of the match Brent Tate sealing the series win for the Maroons.

Game I, 2009, QLD 28 NSW 18, Docklands Stadium

NSW named eight debutants for the 2009 opener, but the script remained the same as Johnathan Thurston inspired the Maroons on the first step of their way to a record fourth successive series win before a then-record TV audience of 3.48 million.

Game I, 2012, QLD 18 NSW 10, Docklands Stadium.

A highly controversial try to Greg Inglis put Queensland out to an eight point lead seven minutes from time and the Maroons were never headed.

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