Game 2, and to the cauldron they went. The atmosphere at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium was electric, and to add to the hype, Corey Parker was playing his last Origin game in Queensland. The Blues had the unenviable task of coming into Suncorp needing a win to tie the series up, and take it back to Sydney for the final game. A win in Suncorp would provide a flicker of hope for fans from New South Wales, as it could finally be the start of a changing of the guard for Origin. But first they would have to wrangle out of the near decade long stranglehold the Maroons had them in. The first and second tries went to Dane Gagai, before NSW Blues debutant, Tyson Frizell, crossed the chalk for the Blues first meat pie. Gagai then went on a one-man demolition job, and scored a hattrick of tries, bringing his tally in Origin to five tries in three matches. A James Maloney try against the run of play was not enough to overcome this Maroons juggernaut. A Corey Oates try sealing the game in the final minutes. Final score 26-16. Man of the Match went to the Captain, Cameron Smith.
The final game was held in Sydney, and the Blues vowed to end skipper Paul Gallen’s Origin career on a high. James Tedesco was one man who benefitted from his team’s demise, as a dead rubber was the perfect time to finally blood the Wests Tigers fullback. However, the script started to look all too familiar as the first try in the game went to Greg Inglis. Shifting his phenomenal origin try scoring tally to 18. This motivated Frizell, who put the Blues on the score board with a powerful run to the line before Andrew Fifita crossed again in the second half. Gavin Cooper of the Maroons then followed suit with a try of his own, before some 74th minute Darius Boyd Magic put the Queenslanders in front. In an all too familiar script where the Queenslanders always find a way to win at the death, it looked like another series clean sweep. That was until Michael Jennings scored an amazing try in the 79th minute after a try at the death after a break down the right-hand flank by Blake Ferguson. BLOODY BRILLIANT! Paul Gallen calmly slotted his field goal, and the Blues & Sharks skipper walked off the hallowed Origin turf for the last time. The Man of the Match went to James Maloney, while the Man of the Series went to Cameron Smith. One to watch out for: Tyson Frizell. An absolute beast with the ball and on defense.