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Stage set for Blues dynasty

By Laine Clark and Steve Jancetic 07/07/2005 05:56:16 PM Comments (0)

The player of the 25th anniversary Origin series, Anthony Minichiello, believes NSW has done much more than claim the 2005 inter-state rugby league title - they've established a Blues dynasty.

It took them 25 years but NSW finally edged ahead in overall wins with 37 - compared to Queensland's 36 - when Minichiello combined with halfback Andrew Johns and hat-trick winger Matt King to sink the Maroons 32-10 at Brisbane.

But Minichiello said NSW had also laid the foundation for a period of Origin dominance after triumphantly returning home to Sydney.

And he would know.

Minichiello has not played in a losing Origin series since locking up the NSW fullback role in 2003, enjoying a run of six wins and just three defeats.

In fact Queensland has not won an Origin series outright since 2001 when a 34-year-old Allan Langer came out of retirement to steer the Maroons home.

Queensland only retained the 2002 title due to a game three 18-18 draw but has lost the last three straight.

NSW took its overall Origin series wins to 12 - kicking ahead of Queensland's 10.

Now Minichiello believes the Origin series - once dominated by perennial underdogs Queensland - has become one-sided.

Asked if the stage was set for a Blues dynasty, Minichiello said: "Definitely you could say that.

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