Founding Origin winger Kerry Boustead wants a NSW win
TALK to most players in Queensland's first Origin team in 1980, and their hatred of New South Wales would run deep.
Not so much former winger Kerry Boustead, who scored a try in that famous game which the Maroons won 20-10 at the old Lang Park, where a 35-year-old Arthur Beetson played his one and only Origin game.
Thirty-four years later and the historic 100th Origin match will be played at the new Suncorp Stadium tomorrow night.
Before the Origin concept was born, Boustead was just one of many Queenslanders forced to turn out for New South Wales against their mates from the Sunshine State because they were playing first-grade football in Sydney.
"Of course I gave my all for my state, but I didn't hate New South Wales like Chris Close did. Choppy wanted to kill them all," former Roosters, Manly and North Sydney player Boustead told APN with a laugh.
"I played most of my football in New South Wales. I had a lot of mates down there, and really enjoyed my time south of the border."
Boustead even went as far as saying he would not mind seeing NSW stop Queensland's amazing eight-series winning streak.
"I'm a realist and we need to start seeing some evenness, otherwise the Origin concept will start to lose its shine," he said.
"I'm a Queenslander and I love Queensland. But I hope New South Wales start to get fair dinkum."
Boustead will be watching from the stands on Wednesday night and he, like many Maroons fans, was moved by the idea of the Queensland Rugby League retiring Beetson's No.11 jersey.
Rabbitohs second-rower Chris McQueen will play in Beetson's position and wear the No.18 instead.
It was the likes of Beetson, Wally Lewis, Close and Maroons coach Mal Meninga - and the passion they showed in Origin's first game - that helped fuel the fire for one of sport's great rivalries.
"I only played that one game with Artie, but I give a lot of credit to him," Boustead said.
"He was 35 at the time and said before the game 'I'm going to contest everything and give it 110%'.
"And he did - he was in the top three for offloads and tackles."
Despite his hopes the Blues can end their losing streak, Boustead predicted the Maroons would win game one.
"New South Wales are still trying guys out in the halves, whereas Queensland is settled," he said.