2005 Rugby League State of Origin series

The 2005 State of Origin series was the 26th annual Australian interstate representative series between New South Wales and Queensland. The three matches drew a total attendance of 187,309. New South Wales won the series 2-1, their third consecutive series victory.

The Wally Lewis Medal for Player of the series was awarded to Anthony Minichiello. The Ron McAuliffe Medal for Queensland player of the series was awarded to Cameron Smith. The Brad Fittler Medal for New South Wales player of the series was awarded to Matt King.


Game One

After fifty minutes, Queensland had raced away to a 19-0 lead. However New South Wales, under new coach Ricky Stuart made a strong comeback, bringing the score to 20-19 in their favour. A field goal from Johnathan Thurston saw the game go into Golden Point extra time. Brett Kimmorley, playing halfback in place of an injured Andrew Johns threw a pass intended for Matt King, but was instead intercepted by Matt Bowen, who snatched a 24-20 victory for the Maroons.

Game Two

Andrew Johns made his comeback for Game II with a man-of-the-match performance after making made his NRL reappearance from injury just ten days earlier.

Game Three

The crowd of 52,596 people at Suncorp Stadium for Game III was a record for the ground at the time. After an hour New South Wales had raced away to a 32-0 lead and late tries to Queensland proved too little too late.


New South Wales

Position Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Fullback Anthony Minichello
Wing Matt King
Centre Mark Gasnier
Centre Matt Cooper
Wing Luke Rooney Timana Tahu
Five-Eighth Trent Barrett Braith Anasta
Halfback Brett Kimmorley Andrew Johns
Prop Luke Bailey Steve Simpson Luke Bailey
Hooker Danny Buderus (c)
Prop Jason Ryles
Second Row Nathan Hindmarsh
Second Row Craig Fitzgibbon
Lock Ben Kennedy
Interchange Craig Wing Craig Gower
Interchange Steve Simpson Steve Menzies
Interchange Anthony Watmough Luke Bailey Steve Simpson
Interchange Andrew Ryan
Coach Ricky Stuart


Position Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Fullback Billy Slater Matt Bowen
Wing Ty Williams
Centre Shaun Berrigan
Centre Paul Bowman
Wing Matt Sing
Five-Eighth Darren Lockyer (c)
Halfback Johnathan Thurston
Prop Steve Price Brad Thorn Danny Nutley
Hooker Cameron Smith
Prop Petero Civoniceva
Second Row Michael Crocker
Second Row Brad Thorn Carl Webb Brad Thorn
Lock Chris Flannery
Interchange Ben Ross
Interchange Carl Webb Dane Carlaw Corey Parker
Interchange Casey McGuire Ashley Harrison
Interchange Matt Bowen Tonie Carroll
Coach Michael Hagan

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