Australia don’t do civil wars, instead they have this:
State of Origin.
I’ve talked about State of Origin on a couple of occasions before. I saw my first State of Origin match in June 2009 and wrote about it in my post it’s all happening in Queensland. So if you’re not sure what it is, why not check out that post to find out.
I revisited the subject in July 2010 when I was watching my second State of Origin. So you can find out even more about it there if you want. But in a nutshell, it’s a game of rugby.
But describing it like that is doing it an injustice. It might just be the most passionate and hard-fought game of rugby in the world.
But today I’m not going to talk about it again. Because today is Friday and traditionally I like to show you a video or two. So today you can watch some State of Origin for yourself.
Just to get you in the mood, here’s a footballer getting punched in the face. This is hilarious…..
I will be looking at some State of Origin punches in the face a little later, but first here’s a classic tackle from the game in 2002 just to warm you into it gently……
Yes, that’s allowed. It’s a good tackle!
Now let’s see what a State of Origin punch in the face is like compared to our football example. It all starts with a tackle which is not allowed, although I’m not sure why. Maybe because it could have been life-threatening? Be sure to watch the slow motion at 1 minute 11 seconds in….
I particularly like it when the commentator says “well, I think it’s a send-off offence….”
Really? Well, incredibly, it wasn’t. The guy was put on report, whatever that means, but stayed on the pitch. Even more incredibly, only three people have ever been sent off in Origin history.
Only three people! That statistic becomes even more incredible when you watch this compilation of punch-ups from games past…..
This year I’m watching my third State of Origin contest. The previous two were all done and dusted at 2-0 to Queensland after the first two games. But this one is all teed up at one all with the decider on July 6.
If Queensland can win it, that will be six State of Origin victories in a row. New South Wales will be looking to end their barren run. It promises to be an epic battle.
I can’t wait.
The Decider: An Update….
It was worth the wait, what a game!