Queensland captain Wally Lewis with Dan Stains, Alan McIndoe, Kerrod Walters, Allan Langer and Paul Vautin.

On this day, the Maroons take to the skies but the Blues fly high, the Queenslanders overcome injuries for a famous victory and Kimmorley suffers an unlucky break.

1947

The interstate series begins in Sydney, with NSW scoring a 29-15 win over Queensland. The Maroons become the first interstate team to travel by plane (TAA Skymaster).

1989

Queensland confirm their status as one of the finest sides to ever emerge from the Sunshine State with a miraculous 16-12 win in the second State of Origin match at the Sydney Football Stadium. The Maroons finish a man short after a horrific injury toll.

1989

Brad Takairangi was born. The son of another Eels first-grader, Louis Takairangi, he made his NRL debut in 2010 for the Roosters and played 27 games in three seasons at the club before a two-year stint at the Titans yielded another 39 appearances. He shifted to Parramatta in 2015, racking up more than 100 Telstra Premiership matches in the Blue & Gold.

Eels centre Brad Takairangi.
Eels centre Brad Takairangi. ©Nathan Hopkins/NRL Photos

2003

Cronulla captain Brett Kimmorley suffers a broken jaw in his team’s 28-26 defeat of the Wests Tigers at Toyota Park. X-rays reveal that Kimmorley played more than 50 minutes of the match with the injury.

2006

Queensland produce one of their greatest against-the-odds victories, pounding NSW 30-6 at Suncorp Stadium. Winger Adam Mogg scores twice on debut, while five-eighth Darren Lockyer, maligned for his performance in the series opener, is named man of the match.

 

This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.