First Team To Win Five Straight Interstate Series Since 1908, Apparently

Jardine PattenContributor IJune 17, 2010

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 16:  Maroons captain Darren Lockyer (C) celebrates with team mates after victory as Nathan Hindmarsh of the blues walks away during game two of the ARL State of Origin Series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at Suncorp Stadium on June 16, 2010 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
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So Queensland have won their fifth straight State of Origin series. As a proud New South Welshmen, I hate this fact, and there isn't much I can do about it other than resign myself to the fact that the NSWRL have no idea how to put together a team that will play as a team.

Before we can even begin to win again, we need to do the following:

  • The selectors need to go. Fire all of them, because obviously they have no idea what it really takes to select a team for State of Origin.
  • The coach needs to be sacked, and the position taken up by someone outside of an NRL club. Craig Bellamy is a good coach at NRL level, but at Origin, he is pitiful. Especially because he doesn't want to hurt his Melbourne players.
  • Whoever is playing good, needs to be picked. I don't give a crap if they are black, white, red, blue, green, yellow or some mix of the above. If they are playing good every week, then they need to be there above people who have played two games and not even well at that.

These are the facts about the Blues inability to win. They are chicken-hearted and they have no idea about passion and until they instill a new culture into the side, then they will continue to be chicken-hearted and lose.

But this article isn't about that. I am tired of picking up a newspaper, specifically The Daily Telegraph and coming across some drivel written by their sports writers.

For a newspaper that is a part of one of the biggest news corporations in the world, you would think that their fact checking department would be second to none. But this is not the case.

Today, I read one of the stupidest sentences I have ever seen to come from this newspaper.

"It was a stunning debacle for a NSW side that is now the worst in 102 years of Rugby League. Neither side has ever lost five straight series."


Are you sure you want to really print that?

From 1908 until 1921, the interstate matches between New South Wales and Queensland were dominated by one side. That being the sky blue wearing NSW team.

In that time, no Queensland side won an interstate match.

But that isn't all.

From 1962 until 1979, New South Wales won every interstate series. Queensland won four games, whilst another four were drawn.

With the introduction of the Origin format, Queensland won the two single Origin games played in both 1980 and 1981, but in regards to the other two interstate matches played in those years not underneath the Origin rules, they were won by New South Wales.

And so I congratulate the Daily Telegraph for their incredibly stupid fact checking department. I hope you continue to do a bang up job.

I hope their writers perhaps will check their own thoughts in future otherwise they might end up eating their hats.

UPDATE: On the Daily Telegraph website, you can read the online version of the article I mentioned reading from the printed paper. As you might note, they've changed the wording to this.

"But it was a debacle for a NSW side that is now the worst in 102 years of rugby league. No Blues side since 1908 has ever lost five straight series."

I wrote a letter to the editor earlier, but I won't assume that it had anything to do with this. It was most likely ignored.

So, they've changed it.

But now they've just changed it to another erroneous statistic. The New South Wales side have lost five straight series in a row.

From 1922 until 1926, the Queensland side managed to win. And they didn't only just win games, they won the series.

They won each series during that five year span.

Further reading in the aftermath of the Queensland victory from last night's Origin game, with claims from the Fox Sports Australia website:

That Queensland's ten win and four loss record since they started their five straight series sweep is the greatest win/loss record for either team during a winning run, apart from the 1922 to 1926 run which was thirteen wins and four losses.

Once again, I refer back to the 1908 to 1921 run by New South Wales.

Undefeated in twenty one games.

It just goes to show you, that you cannot really trust any sports related statistics coming out of the News Corporation run businesses.


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