GAME THREE, 2011: LOCKY’S LAST ORIGIN

2011. Suncorp Stadium. Darren Lockyer.

Take a look at the #49 tribute for Darren on the Queensland Maroons Twitter page: Darren Lockyer Played 36 games for Queensland, was captain for 22, scored nine tries, kicked 22 goals, slotted two field goals for a total of 82 points! Darren Lockyer = Legend #Celebr8 #the49

Darren Lockyer farewells his beloved Queensland in the best way possible, as he leads his side to a series-winning 34-24 defeat of New South Wales at Suncorp Stadium.

Running on adrenaline and Queensland passion, the Maroons blitz the Blues in an amazing first-half display to put the game out of the Blues’ reach.

Lockyer shows his class as he guides the Maroons around the park, while still showing his trademark defensive effort.

A sixth-straight State of Origin series win gives “Locky” the perfect ending to a glorious Queensland career, with the great man now forever honoured at Suncorp Stadium with his own statue.

2011 Game 3, Suncorp Stadium, July 6

Queensland: Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Justin Hodges, Greg Inglis, Jharal Yow Yeh, Darren Lockyer (c), Johnathan Thurston, Matthew Scott, Cameron Smith, Petero Civoniceva, Nate Myles, Sam Thaiday, Ashley Harrison. Interchange: Cooper Cronk, Corey Parker, Jacob Lillyman, Ben Hannant.

Coach: Mal Meninga

NSW: Anthony Minichiello, Brett Morris, Mark Gasnier, Jarryd Hayne, Akuila Uate, Jamie Soward, Mitchell Pearce, Tim Mannah, Michael Ennis, Paul Gallen (c), Ben Creagh, Glenn Stewart, Greg Bird. Interchange: Kurt Gidley, Anthony Watmough, Luke Lewis, Keith Galloway.

Coach: Ricky Stuart

Queensland 34 (Inglis 2, Thaiday, Smith, Yow Yeh, Slater tries; Thurston 4, Smith 1 goals) def New South Wales 24 (Minichiello , Uate, Hayne, Bird tries; Soward 4 goals)

Crowd: 52,498

Referees: Shayne Hayne and Tony Archer

Man of the Match: Cameron Smith