'Origin's not about the best players, Origin's about moments, it's about competing and it's about getting up when you don't really want to' - Maroons halfback Cooper Cronk
It was supposed to signify the end of a decade-long Maroons dynasty but former Origin hooker Jason Hetherington believes Queensland's win in Game III sets the next generation up for continued Origin success.
Never before in the history of the three-match series had the Maroons been forced to use so many players over the course of three games with eight players making their debuts as the likes of Johnathan Thurston, Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis and Matt Scott watched part or all of the series from the sideline.
Prior to Game III Queensland had led for precisely two minutes of the 160 that had come before it but once Valentine Holmes crossed for the first of his three tries in the 15th minute they never trailed again, clinching the series with a 22-6 win that was more lopsided than the final score indicated.
No one could have envisaged two months ago that Coen Hess, Tim Glasby, Jarrod Wallace and Cameron Munster would not only earn their first Queensland caps during the 2017 series but contribute significantly to a Maroons win.