Time to ice NSW State of Origin cake: Blocker

Josh Morris is tackled by Greg Inglis in game one of the State of Origin series at Suncorp Stadium on May 28. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
Josh Morris is tackled by Greg Inglis in game one of the State of Origin series at Suncorp Stadium on May 28. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

It was in 1986 when NSW sealed their first State of Origin clean sweep, a personal career highlight.

Michael O'Connor kicked a penalty goal to put the Blues in front 18-16 late in the game and Brett Kenny dived on a loose ball as the full-time siren sounded, denying Dale Shearer what would have been a game-stealing try at Lang Park.

There's a YouTube video of the game available for you to take a trip down memory lane.

The year before was the famous Steve Mortimer-inspired first series win for NSW, so to win the series in a whitewash the following year was pretty special.

After debuting in the losing series in 1984, it took until 1990 to taste Origin victory after that 1986 series.

It's memories of '86 which make the opportunity to complete a 3-0 win on Wednesday so important.

The guys have the chance to do something great, especially a player like Josh Morris, who missed game two after his own piece of Origin magic when he tackled Greg Inglis despite an injured knee in game one.

It's also a reminder chances to win a series 3-0 don't come along very often.

Only three NSW teams have won all three games in a series - the others being 1996 and 2000, when NSW smashed Queensland 56-16.

Unfortunately, this time, NSW have been denied the chance to celebrate the victory in Sydney.

The players should have been able to do a victory lap with the shield after game two, to celebrate with the 80,000-odd fans at the ground.

But still, they want to walk away with the prize after winning up at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday.

It will be really interesting to see how the Queensland public respond.

They've become so used to winning Origin and now it's a test of character for them knowing the shield is coming home with us anyway.

Expect a completely different game to Origin II.

There'll be plenty of ball movement and second-phase play and NSW know Queensland will be looking to play a more expansive game.

If it wasn't to blame for it, the refereeing certainly contributed to the way game two unfolded.

There was no proper 10 metres maintained and players from both teams were allowed to lay in the ruck.

In NSW camp, there's certainly no shortage of motivation to finish the job.

It's pretty easy to stay focused when we've had to wait so long for success.


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