May 2021

Andrew Johns: Queensland’s Baba Yaga

Andrew Johns is sent an SOS by Ricky Stuart and he returns to haunt Queensland. To this day, his performance remains a benchmark.

The Blues and Maroons trade blows on rugby league’s biggest stage. New South Wales seeks to take a one match lead in the 2005 series. A win, here at Suncorp, would see the Blues in prime position to secure their third straight series victory at home in game two.

After 20 minutes of the traditional State of Origin softening up period Ty Williams scores for Queensland to add to the two penalty goals already converted.

The Maroons head to the sheds up 13-0 at half time and quickly race to 19-0 shortly after the resumption.

In Origin, these leads are rarely given up. New South Wales are without the genius of the retired Brad Fittler and the injured Andrew Johns.

Andrew Johns is sent an SOS by Ricky Stuart and he returns to haunt Queensland. To this day, his performance remains a benchmark . . .

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