State of Origin 2017: The most damning stats of the past decade

You what? Photo: Getty Images

You what? Photo: Getty Images

It's no secret that Queensland have completely dominated State of Origin for a little over the past decade, but here are some numbers you might not have known.

The metres battle has been surprisingly even

Since 2007, we've seen NSW and Queensland clash 30 times with the results being extremely one-sided. What's not shocking is that the Maroons' core being a continual presence has led to victories - but what IS shocking is that in the past decade, NSW have outgained their rivals in total metres on 14 occasions, good for 46 per cent of the time.

Blues hurt by lack of continuity

While Queensland haven't really seen much in the way of radical team shake ups since their period of dominance began, it's clear that New South Wales' constant chopping and changing hasn't worked.

The Blues have used 91 different players in the past decade, an absurd number. Nearly half of those (41) made on three or fewer appearances at this level. Queensland have used just 51 players in that same window, nearly half as many.

Where Queensland pile on pressure, New South Wales crumble

One of the biggest discrepancies in the Origin arena comes via the number of restarts each team has forced. The 'Attacking Kick Plus/Minus' stat tracks how many attackings kicks yielded a repeat set, compared with how many either rolled dead, or were caught for a 20m restart.

Since 2007, Queensland boast an impressive +28, repeatedly making the Blues defend their line on back-to-back sets. New South Wales come in at +19. The margin between the total number of dropouts is even wider, with Queensland receiving the ball for a repeat set 63 times in that time period, to the Blues' 34.

A lot of that rests on the shoulders of Mitchell Pearce, who has forced only a single repeat set in his 15 Origin games. The trio of Smith, Cronk and Thurston have notched eight, eight and 18 respectively.

Maroons show killer instinct near the try line

An attacking set is defined as any set which features a play-the-ball inside the opposition's 20 metre line.

In the past decade, New South Wales turned only 44 of their 186 attacking sets (24 per cent) into tries, whereas Queensland crossed the stripe on 68 of their 219 opportunities, good for 31 per cent.

If you add in penalty goals as well, the margin between the sides gets slightly bigger - the Maroons have taken the two on nine instances to the Blues' four, pushing the total gap in points on attacking sets between the two teams to a whopping nine per cent (35 to 26).

It all hinges on Hayne

Some may have questioned the former NFL player's selection given his form for the Titans this year, but there's no questioning his effectiveness at this level.

Jarryd Hayne has the most post-contact metres per game of any active Blues player, the most appearances, most tries, most line breaks, total run metres, tackle breaks and is second in metres per run in his defensive 40m area among fullbacks and wingers, trailing only the injured Josh Mansour.

State of Origin Insights are provided by NRL.COM/STATS

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