Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Maroons Have No Reason to Be Blue; Origin II Statistics Reveal a Telling Story, Maroons Skipper Insists

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Maroons Have No Reason to Be Blue; Origin II Statistics Reveal a Telling Story, Maroons Skipper Insists

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Byline: Steve Zemek steve.zemek@scnews.com.au

FACTS & FIGURES

Key Stats from Origin II

Line breaks: Qld 3, NSW 2

Missed tackles: Qld 40, NSW 41

Total runs: Qld 1590m, NSW 1376m

Possession: Qld 53%, NSW 47%

Tackles: Qld 320, NSW 375

Drop-outs: NSW 6, Qld 0

Errors: NSW 4, Qld 13

Completions: NSW 33/37, Qld 31/41

RUGBY LEAGUE: Queensland captain Cameron Smith has poured cold water on the Blues' new-found swagger, pointing out the Maroons' domination of almost every statistic in Origin II.

While the NSW media and fans were quick to spruik the Blues' victory as a changing of the guard after six long years of Queensland supremacy, the facts showed the Blues were in many ways beaten in game two.

Queensland had more line breaks (3-2), made more metres (1590 to 1376), had more possession (53% to 47%), and NSW was made to make more tackles (375 to 320) and line drop-outs (6-0) and missed more tackles (41-40).

Beside the scoreboard, the only major statistics that ran in the Blues' favour were the errors (Queensland 13, NSW, 4) and completions (Queensland 33 of 37, NSW 31 of 41).

Smith said there would no fundamental changes to Queensland's game plan for the decider and it was just a matter of addressing the team's execution.

C[pounds sterling]We won all the stats, but we Cywon' the error count too,C[yen] Smith said. C[pounds sterling]If you don't have the football, you're always going to struggle.

C[pounds sterling]We made errors at critical times. We made a couple of errors on the last-tackle play in the first half, which in Origin is when you build a lot of your pressure. …

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