Hmm... if my memory serves me correctly NSW opted to move their 2012 game from the decider to game two. Can anyone confirm this? I'm pretty sure I read an article saying Ricky was concerned about play a Melb - QLD - NSW scenario and wanted to have game 2 on their home ground.Take the bias hat off for a moment and look at the reality of the venues for the past 8 years of origin
2006 - NSW - QLD - Melb
2007 - QLD - NSW - QLD
2008 - NSW - QLD - NSW
2009 - Melb - NSW - QLD
2010 - NSW - Qld - NSW
2011 - QLD - NSW - QLD
2012 - Melb - NSW - QLD
2013 (original) - QLD - NSW - QLD
Under the original plan, Qld would have 5 deciders at Suncorp in the past 8 years, with 3 consecutive years in a row to Qld.
I'm happy, so long as a game isn't played in Melbourne. Such a waste of the best part of our game on Victorians who view league as a novelty. The stadium would be packed with corporate tickets (like the Bledisloe) and the NRL is never going to reach its target audience to develop the game there (kids, grassroots, families) through Origin.
The jewel in the crown should always stay in its home states, and not move for a kings ransom.
Can you imagine the AFL GF at the SCG? Hardly...