2013: Bye, bye to the biff

At the halfway point of our 10-day countdown to game one in Brisbane, we look back at the day Paul Gallen's flying fists resulted in the end of an Origin tradition.

Result: Queensland 2, NSW 1

Series summary:

Nine’s introduction to the 2013 series featured an eight-year-old boy named Matthew who had never seen his beloved Blues win. Would this finally be their year? In short, no, but it was close.

The old Canberra Raiders connection continued in the Origin coaching ranks, with Mal Meninga chasing an eighth straight series win in charge of the Maroons and Laurie Daley replacing Ricky Stuart for NSW.

New coach, same result for Laurie Daley and the Blues.Credit:AAP

Justin Hodges tries to break free.Credit:Jonathan Carroll

Trent Merrin scores under the posts in Sydney.Credit:Jonathan Carroll

Paul Gallen and Nate Myles try to sort out their differences.Credit:AAP

Aren’t they getting tired of this by now?Credit:Wolter Peeters

Series breakdown:

Game I: NSW 14, Queensland 6, ANZ Stadium, Sydney

New South Wales: Jarryd Hayne, Brett Morris, Michael Jennings, Josh Morris, Blake Ferguson, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Paul Gallen (c), Robbie Farah, James Tamou, Luke Lewis, Ryan Hoffman, Greg Bird. Replacements: Andrew Fifita, Trent Merrin, Josh Reynolds, Anthony Watmough.

Queensland: Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Brent Tate Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Matthew Scott, Cameron Smith (c), David Shillington, Nate Myles, Sam Thaiday, Ashley Harrison. Replacements: Corey Parker, Matt Gillett, Ben T’eo, Chris McQueen.

Game II: Queensland 26 NSW 6, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Queensland: Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Brent Tate Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Matthew Scott, Cameron Smith (c), Nate Myles, Chris McQueen, Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker. Replacements: Daly Cherry-Evans, Matt Gillett, Ben T’eo, Josh Papalii.

New South Wales: Josh Dugan, Brett Morris, Michael Jennings, Josh Morris, Nathan Merritt, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Paul Gallen (c), Robbie Farah, Aaron Woods, Luke Lewis, Ryan Hoffman, Greg Bird. Replacements: Andrew Fifita, Trent Merrin, Josh Reynolds, Anthony Watmough.

Game III: Queensland 12 NSW 10, ANZ Stadium, Sydney

New South Wales: Josh Dugan, Brett Morris, Michael Jennings, Josh Morris, James McManus, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Aaron Woods, Robbie Farah (c), James Tamou, Luke Lewis, Ryan Hoffman, Greg Bird. Replacements: Andrew Fifita, Trent Merrin, Boyd Cordner, Anthony Watmough.

Queensland: Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Brent Tate Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Matthew Scott, Cameron Smith (c), Nate Myles, Chris McQueen, Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker. Replacements: Daly Cherry-Evans, Matt Gillett, Ben T’eo, Josh Papalii.

Every State of Origin match is now available on nrl.com. To watch games from the 2013 series, follow this link.

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