Queensland’s State of Origin victory in Adelaide was a masterclass in organization and planning, with the Maroons pulling off a stunning victory against a highly fancied Blues side. Despite being down to just 12 players for much of the second half, Queensland remained calm and focused, relying on their planning and composure to pull off the win.
Assistant coach and former Maroons great Johnathan Thurston, who has celebrated Origin wins and claimed victories with his arm almost falling off, admitted to losing his cool during the match. But he and fellow Queensland great Nate Myles managed to keep their composure and stick to a simple game plan during the crucial final 20 minutes of the match.
The Maroons suffered a string of injuries during the match, with Tom Flegler sin-binned and Tom Gilbert and Murray Taulagi both forced off with injuries. Despite this, the Maroons remained focused, with David Fifita and Ben Hunt defending in the centres and other players shuffling positions to cover the gaps.
Queensland’s planning and organization were evident throughout the game, with the team using six of their substitutions by the 68th minute. They continued to target the Blues right-edge and were rewarded with a try to Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow. A try to Cameron Munster followed just minutes later, with Lindsay Collins making a match-winning leap over James Tedesco to set up Munster’s try.
Despite the chaos unfolding around the Maroons bench and the team being down to just 12 players, they never lost their composure. Thurston and Myles remained calm and focused, pulling players on and off the field and updating the game plan as needed.
Queensland’s win was a testament to their planning, organisation, and composure in the face of adversity. As former Maroons great Billy Slater noted, “It just shows you, when you’ve got a group of men that believe in what they’re doing, the sky’s the limit.”